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Jeep Gladiator Diesel Previewed In Europe

Camp Jeep Will Show The Gladiator Pickup To The Region For The First Time

Jeep Gladiator

An American fashion item is touching down in stylish Italy for the first time at the annual Jeep Camp taking place in San Martino di Castrozza from the 12th to 14th of July. There, fans of the iconic Jeep brand will be able to get an up close look at the Jeep Gladiator off-road pickup truck. And while the US-market has been enjoying the Toledo-built truck for a couple of months now, the forthcoming V6 diesel engine remains out of reach.

Not so for Europeans, as the Jeep Gladiator diesel is launching right out of the gate for the region. The caveat is that it won’t launch there until the end of 2020. Meanwhile, the truck-loving Middle East market will see the truck in the first half of 2020.

Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Like here, the new Jeep Gladiator will be offered in three different trim levels: Sport, Overland and Rubicon. But unlike here, the Gladiator will not offer the 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine in Europe. The sole powertrain will be the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. This engine – shared with the 2020 Ram 1500 – is expected to deliver 260 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. The eight-speed automatic is standard. The Middle East, like America, will get both engines.

Two Jeep Gladiator Rubicon models will be showcased at Camp Jeep – one white, and one black – with various Mopar accessories. Ironically, both will be powered by the 3.6L gas engine.

The Jeep Gladiator diesel will launch in the US market next year, as well. When it does, expect class leading output, paired with fantastic fuel economy. We don’t expect it to be all that cheap, but with dealers getting away with markups as high as $20,000 on these things, it’s doubtful that they will have any trouble selling.

We provided a video above detailing what attendees can expect at Camp Jeep. Hopefully you understand Italian.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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