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NowCar 2025 Jeep Gladiator 4xe Confirmed

Jeep Confirms Gladiator 4xe for 2025

Written By, Jordan R

Back in 2018, Jeep shared a five-year roadmap for its future lineup. The plan was to have 10 new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2022, and four battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), as well as electrified options for every major nameplate by 2021. This, of course, didn’t have any idea 2020 would shake things up and cause automakers to change hears, or the aftermath of the semiconductor chip crisis. Later, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) entered a merger to create Stellantis, and in 2022, Stellantis announced Dare Forward 2030, a plan for the decade to launch 75 BEVs over the next six years, including an all-electric Jeep SUV. Plans may have changed, but the off-road automaker continues to electrify nameplates across the lineup, and the next to make landfall is the Jeep Gladiator 4xe plug-in hybrid.

It’s true, Jeep has announced its first all-electric model, the Wagoneer S, built on the all-new, highly flexible, BEV-native STLA-Large platform, but before we see that happen, there are a few more nameplates missing out on the green. The Jeep Compass 4xe and Jeep Renegade 4xe never made it past Europe, but the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe did come to the U.S. over time. That just leaves the Cherokee and the Gladiator, assuming we don’t get plug-in hybrid versions of the Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer. The Cherokee is still a strong contender for a 4xe treatment, but the Gladiator is next in line.

We’re surprised this didn’t happen sooner. The Jeep Gladiator is practically a carbon copy of the Jeep Wrangler, but with a truck bed installed. If a plug-in hybrid powertrain worked on one 4x4 vehicle, then why not the other? Maybe because of the COVID-19 pandemic, maybe because Stellantis was starting to design new BEV platforms, but it took two years for Jeep to reveal the Grand Cherokee 4xe. It would seem the next electrified model is taking three years, with Jeep adding the Gladiator nameplate to its 4xe lineup in 2025. The automaker confirmed this in LinkedIn posts from Jeep global CEO Antonio Filosa and Bill Peffer, the brand's North America head.

If we look at how the Wrangler and Gladiator are built, they both share the same standard powertrain - a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine able to generate 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The powertrains for the Wrangler 4xe and Gladiator 4xe are expected to also be the same. If that’s true, they would share a 2.0L I4 DOHC DI Turbo PHEV engine, comprised of a 2.0-liter I4 DOHC engine and electric motor powered by a 400V lithium-ion battery pack. Together, they have an output of 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

As we’ve seen, having an electric motor hasn’t hurt the off-road capabilities of the Wrangler at all, equipped with a 2:72:1 Selec-Trac® full-time 4WD system standard, and a Rock-Trac® heavy-duty full-time 4WD system on the Rubicon and Rubicon X trims. The original Gladiator already comes with a Command-Trac® part-time 4×4 system standard, and offers a Rock-Trac heavy-duty part-time 4×4 system on the Rubicon X trim and desert-ready Mojave trim. Best case scenario? We get the Jeep Wrangler 4xe with a truck bed.

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