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2020 Jeep Gladiator Speed Test

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator gets alternative EcoDiesel adeptness for longer-range towing.

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Having alone been on the arena for a distinct archetypal year, you adeptness not apprehend abounding changes for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator, and well, you’d be right. Of course, that doesn’t beggarly that the midsize do-all auto based on Jeep’s admirable Wrangler SUV is abiding for its green division empty-handed. On the contrary, the Gladiator gets a new engine, a brace of new archetypal trims and some accessories and advantage changes. 

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Headlining 2021 Jeep Gladiator developments is the availability of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel agent that joins the absolute 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. This is the aforementioned agent V6 that was adherent in amid the Wrangler’s collapsed fenders aftermost year, and unsurprisingly, it conjures up an identical 260 application and 442 pound-feet of torque back commutual to a binding 8HP75 eight-speed automatic. For comparison’s sake, the Cento, Italy-built VM Motori agent has 25 beneath ponies than the gas version, but a whopping 182 added pound-feet of aberration than the Pentastar. 

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As is accurate with its torque, the EcoDiesel’s ammunition abridgement increases precipitously, affective from the Pentastar’s 17 afar per gallon city, 22 artery and 19 accumulated (automatic transmission) to 22 mpg city, 28 artery and 24 accumulated for Sport and Overland models. The Rubicon’s bigger tires and added changes aftereffect in a lower 20/25/22 rating. Despite actuality hardly lower than the agnate (lighter) Wrangler Unlimited Sport or Overland’s 22/29/25 ratings, these are absorbing adeptness increases. With an 18.3-gallon tank, the EcoDiesel should be able to outlive your bladder, activity about 500 afar amid fill-ups.

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Despite the added torque output, Gladiator’s max tow ratings are still accomplished with the abject Sport archetypal back able with the 3.6-liter gas agent and 4.10 rear arbor — that aggregate nets a bivouac appraisement of 7,650 pounds. In midgrade Overland and desert-ready Mojave trims, the EcoDiesel nets a 500-pound accommodation access to 6,500 pounds. In Gladiator guise, however, the diesel’s binding 3.73 rear end alone hauls 6,000 pounds account of trailer, against the Pentastar automatic’s 7,000.

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Regardless of powertrain, the Gladiator’s towing adeptness continues to awfully outpoint the Wrangler SUV, which can alone aggregation a best of 3,500 pounds.

Jeep has yet to detail how abundant the EcoDiesel agent advantage will cost, but it’s reasonable to accept it’ll be priced analogously to the Wrangler, area it carries an eye-watering $4,000 premium. Accumulated with the college bulk of agent ammunition in best genitalia of the country and the charge to accumulate a Agent Exhaust Fluid (DEF) catchbasin full, you’re attractive at a powertrain best ill-fitted to flush buyers who absolutely adulation diesel’s stump-pulling torque and best range.

It may not attending like much, but with 442 pound-feet of torque, it’s got it area it counts, kid.

Like the Wrangler afore it, the Gladiator auto is all about capricious degrees of adequacy and customization. To that end, Jeep has ashen no time bringing out a barrage of models, from the basic, cost-leader Sport to the barrel-chested Rubicon and added recently, the accelerated Mojave arid runner. In January, Jeep formed out the North Edition trim, which arranged a bulk of accessory winter-minded features, and in February, it apparent the new High Altitude, article of a burghal booty on the Gladiator, complete with 20-inch auto and body-color everything. 

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For 2021, there’s a new 80th Anniversary Edition. Like the agnate Wrangler, the Gladiator 80AE is a appealing bashful trim package. Changes bulk to 18-inch Granite Crystal alloys, Neutral Grey Metallic exoteric trim $.25 and appropriate commemorative badges outside. Inside, there’s a accepted 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment and Berber attic mats.

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No, this isn’t an 80th Anniversary Edition or a Willys, it’s a Gladiator High Altitude.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys has a bit added achievement actuality than the Anniversary model, as it’s apparent out by its Firestone 32-inch mud tires army on 17-inch gloss-black wheels, Trac-Lok limited-slip cogwheel and bedrock rails. The amalgamation additionally includes analogous blacked-out grille and “WILLYS” awning decals. The amalgamation is actual agnate to what’s already offered on the Wrangler, which originated the Willys trim as a nod to the 4×4’s alpha as a aggressive vehicle.

(Bizarrely, Jeep has called to not absolution images of the Willys or 80th Anniversary at this time. We apprehend the automaker to absolution photos and added capacity soon.)

The Gladiator’s berth is clear for 2021, but that’s accomplished by us.

As for the blow of the 2021 Jeep Gladiator lineup, the changes are modest. Full-time four-wheel drive becomes accessible on the absolute Gladiator archetypal range, including the Selec-Trac accouterments on Sport, Overland and Mojave and the Rock-Trac arrangement with 4:1 low-range for hardcore climbing. 

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In agreement of tech changes, the abject Gladiator Sport will be accessible with alternative LED headlights (a advantageous advancement whether you consistently hit the trails or not). Additionally, Overland models will be accessible with Trailcam, a forward-facing camera advised to appearance what’s anon in advanced of the vehicle. The closing is decidedly accessible off-road for negotiating obstacles, or back the anatomy is agee at acute angles and you can’t see what’s advanced of you. 

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2021 Jeep Gladiator models are alpha to crawl into dealerships as you apprehend this, so you should see them at a trailhead abreast you actual soon.

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