Jeep Gladiator V8 And PHEV Models Not Being Considered… For Now
Both powertrains would be welcome additions to the truck’s lineup.
With the debut of the Jeep Wrangler 392, you might be wondering intends to drop the 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) naturally aspirated V8 into the Gladiator pickup, since the two models are so similar. The answer appears to be a tentative “No” or at least not anytime soon.
When asked about the prospect of a Gladiator 392, an unnamed spokesperson told Motor Trend that Jeep would “not [make] any commitments” to the vehicle at this time. “The 392 for the Wrangler was a project that was given a green light a while back,” a company representative said to Motor Trend.
Gallery: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
It would make sense for the company to see if the Wrangler 392 is a success before doubling down on the project by building a Gladiator version. If the V8-powered truck does get a green light, then engineering could happen relatively quickly because of what the models have in common.
In the Wrangler, the 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) engine pumps out 470 horsepower (351 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-meters) of torque. It runs through an eight-speed automatic to a Select-Track 4WD system and electronic locking differentials. Jeep claims the powerful SUV get to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 13 seconds.
Similarly, Jeep isn’t ready to announce a version of the Gladiator with the 4Xe plug-in hybrid system from the Wrangler. There doesn’t seem to be anything stopping the PHEV pickup from a technical perspective. Instead, Jeep needs to decide there’s enough of a market to put the vehicle on sale.
The 4Xe powertrain combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with two electric motors to produce a total of 375 hp (280 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. The setup allows for 25 miles of electric range.
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