Trucks and Wrangler enthusiasts were eagerly waiting for the Gladiator for years and now when the new model is here, most of them feel like there is plenty of room for improvements. The company’s management has realized that pretty quickly, so the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is about to bring some interesting novelties, despite the fact that we are talking about a pretty fresh model.
Most of the changes will be in terms of the powertrain. The current model comes just with a V6 engine in the offer and it looks like a couple of more options are about to come in the next year. Also, we are waiting for the new hi-performance version called Hercules. This should be an ultimate off-roader, with all kinds of upgrades, in terms of mechanics, styling and, of course, powertrain. The rest of the truck is about to remain pretty much the same.
2021 Jeep Gladiator Will Get New Engines
The current model comes with just one engine in the offer. It is a well-known 3.6-liter V6, good for about 285 horsepower. While it delivers a decent amount of power, we are pretty sure that this chassis deserves much more. Therefore, we are about to see a couple of more engine options in the offer starting from the next year. The first engine that comes to mind is a new turbo-four, which delivers a similar output to the V6. However, it delivers notably more torque and, more importantly, it is far more fuel-efficient.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is expected to come in diesel version as well. Most reports suggest a 3.0-liter inline-six from the new Ram 1500, which delivers quite impressive 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. With such ratings, we could expect impressive towing ratings, which would set completely new standards in the segment, considering that all mid-size diesel trucks in the world feature smaller and less capable four-cylinder turbodiesels.
Finally, there is a new turbo six-cylinder engine to come, according to numerous reports. However, this engine will be reserved for the new hi-performance Hercules.
Jeep Gladiator Hercules
This will be the most interesting novelty for the next year. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Hercules will be an impressive off-roader, which will directly challenge the currently undisputed Ford F-150 Raptor. The first thing that comes to mind about the new version is the engine. According to some reports, FCA develops a new six-cylinder engine, which will feature a max output of around 525 horsepower.
Besides the powerful engine, the new off-roader will come with numerous chassis upgrades as well. It is hard to tell which ones in particular, but keep in mind that all Gladiator models are great performers. This particularly refers to the Rubicon trim, which comes with goodies like are front and rear locking differentials, a sway bar, rock rails, and a brush guard. It also comes with 33-inch tires and unique rims. The Hercules would go even further, with even higher ground clearance, new suspension components and other things. We also expect to see a couple of visual upgrades, which would emphasize its high-performance character. More details should be known soon.
2021 Jeep Gladiator Redesign
In terms of the overall design, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator won’t feature bigger changes. While there are new engines to come, the exterior design is about to remain the same. This attractive truck will carry on with the same styling, which takes a lot of inspiration from the legendary Wrangler, and also features a couple of practical design solutions, such as removable doors.
The same thing goes for the interior design, which looks pretty attractive, more upscale compared to other mid-size trucks on the market. Also, the cabin is quite comfortable, with two spacious rows of seats.
One of the strong points of this pickup truck is a long list of modern tech features. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator will carry on in the same way, so we can count on a quite generous list of standard and optional equipment. All models come standard with things like a 5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. In higher trims, you can get features like a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, satellite radio, navigation, a removable Bluetooth wireless speaker, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, additional USB ports etc.
A big complaint goes to the aspect of safety, as a rearview camera is the only standard feature in base models. Still, there is a lot of things you can get in more expensive models. Some of the highlights are things like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Jeep Gladiator in the last quarter of the next year, despite the expected updates. When it comes to the price, base models will go around 33.500 dollars.