The Gladiator has been around for a while and besides the very good position on the market, it also established itself as the most capable off-roader among mid-size pickups. Considering all this, it makes perfect sense not to expect bigger changes for the next year. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing novelties. From what we can hear the next year could bring a new flagship version, which would come as the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules.
At this point, the officials are still quiet about this version. On the other hand, rumors have been spreading for some time and we know what to expect from this model. Of course, one of the things that come to mind is a full load of off-road features but from what we can hear, the biggest upgrade would actually be a new engine. Most rumors speculate about eight cylinders.
We believe that the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules could arrive sometime in the second half of the year.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules would be the new flagship model, which means we may expect a full load of off-road upgrades. However, it’s hard to imagine what else Jeep engineers could bring up, considering that the current Rubicon already comes with a full load of upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like locking front and rear differentials, heavy-duty Fox shock absorbers, an electronic sway bar disconnect, 33-inch all-terrain tires, rock rails.
We presume that the Hercules could bring a couple more upgrades, such as further suspension upgrades and bigger tires. Also, we presume we could see some exclusive styling details, such as new decay, exclusive color options and similar things. Still, the overall layout shouldn’t be much different compared to the rest of the lineup.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules Engine
Another big upgrade we expect to see with the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules is the engine. The Rubicon comes with the familiar 3.6-liter V6, which puts out around 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, rumors suggest eight cylinders for the Hercules. In accordance with the name, this should be large and powerful.
Of course, our pick would be the well-known 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which already powers the Wrangler Rubicon 392. It puts out around 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which is the amount of power that would significantly change the character of this pickup truck. The engine would come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
This aspect shouldn’t bring any significant change. Of course, we would probably see a couple of “Hercules” badges around the cabin, as well as things like exclusive materials and color schemes. On the other hand, the overall cabin layout would remain the same. The same dashboard design is what we expect to see, as well as the same mix of materials, which are both fine and durable. Of course, the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules will come in just one layout, the only one Gladiator offers, the crew cab design.
As we are talking about the flagship model, we have no doubt that the Hercules would also come with a very long list of standard equipment. We count on tech goodies like an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, etc. Also, we count on a long list of convenience features, which should include automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, proximity keyless entry, and remote start.
2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules Release Date and Price
We presume that the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Hercules could arrive sometime in the second half of the year. If it arrives, we presume that the price would roughly go around 75.000 dollars.