The 2022 Jeep Gladiator 4xe could be on the way
According to Fox News, Jeep recently released a teaser image of an interior that could belong to the 2022 Jeep Gladiator 4xe. This would be a Gladiator that’s equipped with the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
Jeep CEO, Christian Meunier, shared that an electrified Jeep Gladiator is ‘for sure’ in the works. However, Jeep representatives mentioned that they couldn’t confirm that the Jeep Gladiator 4xe is featured in the teaser image.
However, they did say that Jeep is committed to being the greenest SUV brand on the planet. All Jeep models will have an electrified option during the next few years. They will also take green and 4×4 technology to the next level.
What to expect with Gladiator 4xe
Fans suspect that the 2022 Jeep Gladiator 4xe is in the teaser image because there are clues that distinguish it from the Wrangler 4xe. For example, the shape of the roll bar and the seat belt anchor placement can be seen in the rearview mirror.
You can also see the button for the cargo bed light on the dashboard. A hybrid display is shown on the dashboard, and you can see blue accent stitching that matches the stitching of the interior in the Wrangler 4xe.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and two electric motors with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter V6 base engine with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, so this would be an exciting upgrade.
When properly equipped, the Wrangler 4xe can tow up to 3,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,280 lbs. The Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,700 lbs. The hybrid powertrain in the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t reduce the amount it can tow.
How much range does the 4xe have?
It’s unclear if the 2022 Jeep Gladiator 4xe will have a larger battery pack to account for its extra weight or not. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe gets an EPA-estimated 49 MPGe and an estimated range of 370 miles. The gasoline-powered Jeep Gladiator receives an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway.
The Wrangler 4xe comes with a Level 1 (120-volt) charging cable that can fully recharge the battery in about 12 hours using an at-home outlet. With a Level 2 charger, you can fully recharge the battery in about two hours.
If you run out of electric charge, don’t panic. You can still use gasoline. There are a few E-selec driving modes such as Hybrid, Electric, and eSave to suit your needs. The regenerative braking can add some charge too.
We know the new Jeep Gladiator 4xe is coming, and it might be here sooner than we thought. It could arrive for the 2022 or 2023 model year, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.