When Jeep introduced its first pickup truck in nearly two decades, the Wrangler-based Gladiator, fans of the brand were elated. And then, almost immediately, they wanted to know when a diesel engine would be available for it. As it turns out, the wait was a short one. Enter the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel, equipped with the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine the company offers in the Wrangler SUV. Supplying stump-pulling torque, the new 2021 Gladiator EcoDiesel is more fuel-efficient, more pleasurable to take off-road, and, depending on the trim level, capable of towing a bigger trailer and hauling more payload.
The diesel is just one of several changes to the 2021 Jeep Gladiator lineup. A full-time four-wheel-drive system is now available on all versions of the truck, Sport trim can be fitted with LED headlights and fog lights, and Overland trim now includes a TrailCam forward-facing camera accessible through the infotainment system. Additionally, new Willys, 80th Anniversary Edition, and High Altitude versions of the 2021 Gladiator debut, while the Altitude and North Edition versions depart.