While the Jeep® Gladiator is in its second year of production in North America, the iconic American automaker is continuing to introduce its new midsize pickup around the world. While the pickup was first introduced to the EMEA region way back in July 2019, Jeep has just opened up ordering this past week for the region.
For the European market, the Gladiator is available in Sport and Overland trim levels. Jeep will also release a limited-edition Launch Edition model as well. So what sets the European models apart from the ones found in North America?
The biggest change is under the hood. The standard powerplant for the Euro-spec models will be the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, which ditches the EcoDiesel branding for the “MultiJet” name. Power output is virtually identical to the North American version with 264 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) of torque. The Euro-spec diesel still offers Engine Start/Stop (ESS) and is paired to the 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter MultiJet V6 complies with Euro 6D final standards.
The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is available in the region, but only non-European markets and in the Middle East.
When it comes to the trim levels, the Sport model was created to offer improved functionality and content for off-road customization. The Overland trim focuses on both comfort and technology with a wide range of standard features.
For the European market, the exclusive Launch Edition is packed with the options customers will expect from the top-of-the-line Gladiator trim. Launch Edition models will be limited to Black, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, and Granite Crystal exterior colors. The Launch Edition will feature 18-Inch aluminum wheels, a Launch Edition badge, body-color hardtop, body-color fender flares, spray-in bed liner, Cargo Management Group, and tonneau cover.
Inside, the Launch Edition models will feature Black leather seats, Alpine Premium Audio system with subwoofer and portable wireless speaker, 8.4-Inch Uconnect 4C infotainment touchscreen, forward-facing camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Path Detection, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop function, and automatic high-beams.
For both the Sport and Overland models, there will be 9 exterior colors available for the 2021 model year. Those colors include the colors on the Launch Edition as well as Hydro Blue, Sting-Grey, Snazzberry, and Sarge Green. There will be soft-top, black hardtop, and body-color hardtop options available. Sport models come standard with 17-Inch wheels and Overland models will ride on 18-Inch wheels.
In March of 2020, our spy photographers caught a Gladiator Sport S with a Gladiator Mojave hood out testing on the streets of Metro Detroit. Well, it appears that all of the Euro-spec models will come standard with the Mojave hood, answering the questions surrounding that vehicle find.
With ordering for the Euro-spec models open, European dealers are expending the first units to arrive in the second quarter of this year. Mopar will also have its hand in the launch, by offering 200 Jeep Authentic Accessories.