In all reality, we’ve known about the impending debut of the Jeep Gladiator 4xe hybrid pickup truck for a few months now. Jeep Global President Christian Meunier was pretty open back in January about a Gladiator 4xe hybrid, as the brand aims to be the “greenest SUV brand on the market.” This also doesn’t come as a complete surprise considering the deep level of parts sharing with the Jeep Wrangler.
Even though we know the electrified Gladiator is inevitable, we still haven’t seen any real photos yet. However, a photo appeared last week on the official Jeep Facebook page that appears to be the first real pictorial evidence. That photo, now deleted from the manufacturer’s page, has caused a big stir of excitement among die-hard Jeep enthusiasts.
It Has To Be The Jeep Gladiator 4xe
A fiery discussion happening on the Jeep Gladiator Forum gave the sneaky photo away. And, in typical fashion, the forum collective went full Sherlock Holmes on the photo, pointing out several obscure details that otherwise wouldn’t have been found by casual viewers.
The roll bar barely visible in the left side-view mirror shows a 90 degree roll bar not featured on the Wrangler. There are four window switches, canceling out the possibility of it being a two-door Wrangler, and there is a cargo bed light only found in the Gladiator. On top of those minuscule details, forum detectives also observed the touchscreen which shows hybrid power outputs to the four wheels.
Since the photo is no longer up on the official Facebook page, it leads us to wonder if the post was an accident, or if Jeep happened to severely underestimate its the detective abilities of the internet.
When we eventually do become graced with the presence of the Jeep Gladiator 4xe hybrid pickup truck, it will likely feature the combined 375 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with two electric motors found in its Jeep Wrangler 4xe counterpart, complete with a Hemi-matching 470 lb-ft of torque. Regardless, we are happy to have physical evidence of another hybrid truck joining the likes of the Ram 1500 eTorque, the Ford F-150 Powerboost and Ford Maverick, albeit with removable doors, and an exclusive powertrain offering for the mid-size truck segment.
Based on the current sales performance of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid SUV, a Jeep Gladiator 4xe could be another feather in the cap for the iconic American SUV brand.