It’s Official! 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Is Coming Soon: It Will Tow Up To 6,000 Lbs (News)

Other specs and final pricing will be announced soon.

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The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel is here – sort of.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel will go on sale in the third quarter of 2020. We are in Q3 of 2020 now! You can go online and then contact your dealer to order yours right now. While Jeep did release a lot of information on the technical aspects of the vehicle, pricing, EPA numbers, and hauling numbers are unavailable.

The Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel is rated at 6,000-lb maximum towing.

Like the Jeep Wrangler with the EcoDiesel power-train, this 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 makes 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It also has engine stop-start (ESS) technology. The TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic is standard.

We caught the Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel testing a while ago. (Image: TFLtruck)

If you get the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Sport, Overland, or Rubicon, you get third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles. All of the other Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel models feature a 3.73 axle ratio. A “Rock-Trac” two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio is standard on Rubicon Gladiators. The “Command-Trac” part-time two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio is standard on Sport and Overland Gladiators.

Quoting Jeep:

“Before we introduced Gladiator, one of the most common questions consumers asked us was, ‘Will you please offer a Jeep truck?,’ followed closely by, ‘Will it be offered with a diesel engine?’ While we know the answer to the first question, I’m pleased to answer the second with a resounding, ‘Yes!’,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “Gladiator’s combination of unmatched off-road capability and the vehicle’s fun-to-drive on-road performance, best-ever Gladiator fuel economy and incredible driving range underwrite the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for.”

While the max towing from the EcoDiesel (6,000 lbs) does not match the maximum available in a gas V6, Gladiator (7,650 lbs), consider that the diesel engine is much heavier than the gas engine. That, along with a power-train built partially for efficiency, the towing numbers make sense.

Here’s more about the EcoDiesel from Jeep:

  • A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry turbine (VGT) and low-friction bearing increases efficiency and responsiveness during transient conditions
  • Redesigned cylinder head intake ports with higher flow capability improve swirl and flow, increasing performance and fuel economy
  • Exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) system design is updated to a dual loop (low and high pressure) system. The added low-pressure circulation system draws gases after the diesel particulate filter, thus minimizing turbocharger energy losses, which increases fuel economy
  • Noise and vibration harshness (NVH) has improved by offsetting the piston pin 0.3 millimeters from the centerline
  • The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a lightweight sandwiched polymer/metal material, which further reduces NVH

The idea of a more efficient Jeep Gladiator that has gobs of torque makes the team at TFL Studios extremely excited. We will keep a close eye on future details about the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel and pass that info on to you ASAP!

Let’s see how the diesel Wrangler performs next to a Pentastar Gladiator.

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