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News 2021 Jeep Gladiator To Get Optional EcoDiesel Torque And Capability

2021 Jeep Gladiator To Get Optional EcoDiesel Torque And Capability

Offered for the first time with the 2021 Jeep Gladiator, FCA's torque-rich EcoDiesel will please many fans.


  • The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 produces 442 lb.-ft. of torque.

  • Jeep says EcoDiesel offering is in response to customer demand; FCA was going to bring anyhow.

  • The Gladiator EcoDiesel goes on sales in the third quarter of 2020.


The Jeep Gladiator was one of the coolest new product introductions for the 2020 model year. From the onset, Jeep offered only the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine but now, for 2021, the Jeep Gladiator will optionally be available with the 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque EcoDiesel 3.0-litre V6 engine.

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For the 2021 model year, the Jeep Gladiator will not undergo any considerable changes other than the torque figure will optionally rise by a whopping 182 lb.-ft. from the standard 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine. The EcoDiesel V6 will be available in the Gladiator Sport, Overland, and Rubicon models. Exclusively mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission, the Gladiator will not only improve on fuel economy, but provide impressive performance, increased towing abilities and better 4×4 capabilities.

2020 RAM 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Built at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy, the 3.0-litre diesel V6 is engineered for durability and performance. It uses a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and the block cast with compacted graphite iron for increase strength, vibration dampening, and extra rigidity.

Out of the box, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel models will include Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles and a 3.73 axle ratio. It will also feature a 19.3 litre (5.1-gallon) diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank. Its refills will coincide with oil changes lasting up to 16,000 km (10,000 miles).

2020 Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator | Photo: Dan Heyman

Pricing for the option is not yet known however customers can order now, ahead of its arrival this fall.

2020 Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator

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