According to information released the other day, Jeep has not yet finished equipping the lineup with its powerful V8. One of its executives noted that there is a lot of demand for the V8-powered Gladiator, and we already know the engine is right for the Wrangler.
“If you scour the forums, you’ll find a lot of people who I’m sure would like to buy a Gladiator with a V8,” confirmed Brandon Grimus, senior brand manager for the Gladiator line, in an interview with Muscle Cars & Trucks.
While this is not a confirmation of the upcoming 6.4-liter pickup, it is a statement that shows Jeep is closely following the wishes of its fans. And luckily, making a V8-powered Gladiator is easy enough. The pickup is very closely related to the Wrangler, which has been designed with an eight-cylinder engine in mind from the outset. Released at the end of 2020, the Wrangler 392 develops 470 hp. power. This is the first factory Wrangler with a V8 engine and takes 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h.
It is not excluded that the development of the model, in which the Gladiator can receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain 4xe, also presented at the Wrangler. Here again, this solution makes sense: what works for the Wrangler usually works for the Gladiator as well. Plus, for the first time in decades, Jeep SUVs have a formidable rival to worry about: the Ford Bronco.