The Jeep Gladiator 4xe could be the most efficient (and powerful) midsize pickup in its class
Considering how many components the Wrangler shares with its pickup truck sibling, it’s not that difficult to imagine a Jeep Gladiator 4xe. Recently, Christian Meunier, the Global President of Jeep Brand indicated that Jeep is committed to eco-friendly tech, which includes vehicles like a future Jeep Gladiator 4Xe. “All Jeep models will carry an electrified option in the next few years and will modernize the brand as it strives to become the leader in green, eco-friendly premium technology.”
Currently, the beefiest powertrain available is the expensive and rather heavy 3.0-liter diesel. It makes 442 lbs-feet of torque, and it’s pretty efficient. Still, the upcoming Wrangler 4xe makes 280 kW / 375 combined horsepower (280 kilowatts) and a whopping 470 lb-ft of torque, which equals 637 Newton-meters.
While we can only guess about its all electric range, payload and tow rating, we do know that the Wrangler 4xe has a 25-mile all-electric range. According to Jeep, the Wrangler 4xe can tow up to 3,500 lbs, which is the same as the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. So, will the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Jeep Gladiator 4xe outperform its gas and diesel brethren? My guess is: the towing and payload numbers may be in-between the diesel and gas V6s.
Lots of potential
The important part here is the gobs of torque, (potentially) good mileage and greener footprint. I mean, just look at all of the Hemi and Hellcat engines FCA/Stellantis is using today. There is no doubt that bigger CAFE penalties are right around the corner, so Christian Meunier’s statement makes a lot of sense.
Personally speaking, I like the idea. It gives consumers even more options, allows for all-electric driving and electric torque off-road has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it’s going to be expensive. Right now, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe starts at $47,995. Realistically, most people will spend over $50,000 for a PHEV Wrangler. It’s a pretty good bet that the Jeep Gladiator 4xe will be even more expensive.
Still, I can’t wait to try one off-road!
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