In this video, Andre jumps on to the Jeep configurator to build the most expensive 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel. The Gladiator diesel has teased us for months, but now we can at least see what the damage will be when we buy one. It’s a lot.
To be fair, even for the $34,000-ish base price for a bare-bones Gladiator with the six-speed manual transmission, you get a lot for the dough. It comes standard with a damn-good 4×4 system, a quad cab and fairly good tech with standard Uconnect-3. It’s a few grand more than other midsize pickup trucks with similar equipment.
For 2021 Jeep has added a diesel option for the Gladiator. This is where things get a little dicey when you’re configuring it. You will find that the diesel is a pricey $4,000 option, but there’s more. You cannot get the diesel with a manual, so you must equip it with a $2,000 eight-speed automatic transmission. Now, the base price sits at about $40,285.
Sure, that’s a lot, but (once again) it’s not beyond the competition. To compare, Andre shows us a new Chevrolet Colorado 4X4 (not a ZR2) with the four-cylinder 2.8-liter diesel and base 4×4 system. It came out to $41,275. Sure, it’s not quite apples-to-apples, but they are the closest competitors we could find in this category.
LOTS of torque for your money
The 3.0-liter V6 diesel used in the Gladiator is similar to the one currently being used in other FCA applications. In this truck, it makes 260 horsepower and 442 lbs-feet of torque. Max torque comes in at a low 1,400 RPM. Given that massive torque number, Jeep automatically gives you the 3.92 rear end as opposed to the 4.10 when you get the diesel.
In this video, Andre will take you though the pages and provide lots of commentary about this vehicle and its competitors. Andre pushes the options to the max – and it’s eye-watering. Check it out!