The pairing was highly eventual, but also highly anticipated.
On Friday, Jeep announced that its 2021 Gladiator pickup would be available with an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 plucked from the Ram 1500 pickup and Wrangler SUV. In the Gladiator, the turbodiesel will make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and be paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The engine will be available in Gladiator Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trim levels, which are equipped with Dana 44 front and rear axles and a 3.73 axle ratio, which points to the diesel’s grunt and prowess heading up a trail.
The EPA hasn’t yet rated the Gladiator pickup, but 2020 ratings for the diesel-powered Wrangler were 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined. The two share similar skeletons, although the Gladiator is bigger so it’s likely that the diesel pickup will land somewhere slightly lower when…