Jeep Will Launch The Gladiator 4xe Next Year

Via a LinkedIn post, Jeep CEO Antonio Filosa has confirmed the Gladiator will be getting a hybrid powertrain.

His post on the upcoming model is brief, but the CEO does provide a loose timeline for the arrival of a Gladiator 4xe: “Next year, we’ll extend that freedom of choice even further with a Gladiator 4xe option (colors to be announced) that will join the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling plug-in hybrids in the U.S, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe and the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.”

It’s safe to assume Jeep will be using the same powertrain carried over from the Wrangler. That means a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder using a starter generator and an electric motor housed inside the model’s 8-speed gearbox. While power levels obviously have not been confirmed, the Gladiator should land reasonably close to, if not on, the same power levels as the Wrangler 4xe — 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

We’d like to see a more entry-level hybrid option available on the Gladiator 4xe. Currently, the hybrid option is one of the more expensive in the Jeep lineup (next to the Rubicon and now-dead 392). The Wrangler 4xe starts at $50,695 — well into the model’s trim structure. For the Gladiator 4xe, it’d be nice to see a more affordable hybrid model as well. More details should arrive next year.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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