We find it rather odd that the Jeep Gladiator only has one engine option. It's not that there's anything wrong with the 3.6-liter V6 that's under the hood of the pick-up. Besides, who would complain about 285 PS and 353 Nm of torque? However, the wide variety of engines in the Wrangler makes us wonder why the Gladiator doesn't have them, too.
But Jeep has rectified it by giving the Gladiator one whopper of an engine. Instead of putting in a small, four-cylinder diesel behind the grille, it has a punchy 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V6. Jeep calls it the EcoDiesel, and it packs the torque the Gladiator deserves.
Just how much pulling power does the Gladiator EcoDiesel have? It doles out 600 Nm, which is 247 Nm more than the 3.6-liter gas engine. With that much torque, we imagine the Gladiator gaining more off-road capability given that torque is more important than horsepower when out on the trails. Speaking of horsepower, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel puts out 260 PS, which is still an impressive figure.
Aside from the torque, the Gladiator EcoDiesel benefits from improved fuel economy. According to Jeep, the diesel-powered Gladiator can do up to 9.3 kilometers per liter in the city, a stark improvement over the gas engine's 7.2 kilometers per liter claim. Out on the highway, Jeep says the diesel can get up to 12 kilometers per liter, which is not bad considering its weight and brick-like aerodynamics.
That said, it would be cool if the EcoDiesel was available with a six-speed manual transmission. The lone transmission for the Gladiator diesel is an eight-speed automatic, which isn't a bad choice at all. But the idea of a stick-shift, diesel pick-up packing 600 Nm of torque sounds awesome, don't you think? At least the gas-powered variants can be fitted with a manual, which should be a hit for hardcore off-roaders.
Even though there is no manual option, we'd still like the Gladiator EcoDiesel to be sold here. Not only can it tackle trails more effortlessly than the gas version, but you'll also worry less about running out of fuel when you're out in the wilderness.