The Wrangler-based pickup was introduced three years ago and it quickly established a pretty good position on the market. It is one of the class leaders, whether it’s about sales numbers or overall capability. Another thing people like about it is that it’s available with a pretty capable diesel engine, which is a rare thing in the segment of mid-size pickups. Considering all the qualities, we presume that the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel won’t feature significant changes and that will continue in the same way.
You may count on familiar design and features. This pickup offers exceptional off-road capability, in a combination with pretty impressive numbers regarding towing and payload capacity. Furthermore, we like the fuel economy with this diesel engine, as well the spacious and comfortable second row of seats. Finally, this is the only convertible pickup on the market, as it features a removable roof panel, along with removable doors.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel Design
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel will represent the fifth production year of the current generation. While some sources speculate about the possible mid-cycle update, we are pretty sure that there will be no bigger changes for the next year. Instead, the Gladiator will continue in the same way, with recognizable styling and the same mechanics.
Speaking of the mechanics, things are pretty much the same as in the Wrangler. Of course, the Gladiator is significantly bigger, with a significantly longer wheelbase that goes all-away up to 137.5 inches. On the other hand, the suspension setup is quite the same. You may count on solid axles, along with pretty firm coil springs. As a result, the ride quality is typically-truckish – stiff.
The Gladiator is not easy to drive as models like Honda Ridgeline. It delivers a long of body lean in corners, while handling isn’t particularly precise either. On the other hand, the off-road performance is exceptional. This particularly refers to Rubicon trim level, which comes with significant upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like 33-inch off-road tires, increased ground clearance to 11 inches, Fox shocks, special 4.10 axle ration for improved off-road performance and towing, two-speed transfer case, locking front and rear differentials, electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar, additional skid plates etc.
On the inside, things will also remain pretty familiar. This pickup shares the dashboard design with Wrangler, which is a good thing. Simply, this dash looks modern and features good build quality. At the same time, it is sturdy and durable, while there is also a fair amount of tech features that make the cabin look even fancier.
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel will continue in a crew cab layout only. Therefore, you may count on one of the most generous amounts of passenger space in the class. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the second row offers plenty of leg and headroom, accommodating adults with ease. Thanks to the long wheelbase, there is also room for a pretty decent 5-foot cargo bed. The Gladiator features removable door panels and a roof, which makes it the only convertible pickup on the market.
We presume that the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel will continue with the same or very similar list of standard equipment. So, base models should come with goodies like a push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Among upgrades, expect to find things like automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, and two additional USB ports.
When it comes to safety, a rearview camera will remain the only standard feature, while the list of options should include a forward-facing camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel Engine
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel will continue with the familiar 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. It comes with the excellent 8-speed automatic ZF transmission, as well as standard four-wheel-drive.
The engine is pretty capable, thanks to the massive torque. The max towing goes up to 6.500 pounds but the Gladiator is also pretty quick. It needs just around 7.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. At the same time, fuel economy is pretty impressive and goes around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 43.000 dollars. When it comes to the competitions, the Gladiator Diesel will continue to compete with other mid-size pickups, while the direct rival will be a diesel version of Chevy Colorado.