The last diesel midsize pickup truck in America is about to die. With General Motors out of the diesel midsized truck game first, it was only a matter of time before Jeep followed. Hot on the heels of the diesel Wrangler’s run-out special, Jeep has announced a limited-edition Gladiator Rubicon FarOut to mark the end of diesel production. Mind you, the brand has only released one photo of the special truck, so for the sake of clarification, the Jeep in the photo at the top of this article is a FarOut, the rest of the Jeeps aren’t. Anyway, on with the show.
Like the Wrangler FarOut, the Gladiator Rubicon FarOut builds on the off-road-focused Rubicon trim with a litany of cosmetic and functional alterations. Stickers abound, from celebrations of this Jeep’s powertrain to acknowledgement of its limited status, while accents like the grille and wheels are blacked out. Aiding progress through the mucky stuff are 33-inch mud terrain tires and a steel front bumper that should take a decent beating.
On the inside, drivers will be pampered with leather seats, leather-wrapped trim, and the Gladiator’s excellent Cold Weather Group that includes a toasty heated steering wheel and late-autumn top-down-rated heated seats. Well, as pampered as you can get in a Gladiator. This is still a rugged vehicle with a solid front axle and a removable roof, after all. Speaking of creature comforts, how about LED headlights that don’t feel like candles in the dark, advanced driver assistance systems, and a sensible set of rubber floor mats? Oh, and cargo isn’t neglected, with a spray-in bedliner and the trailering package being bundled into this smorgasbord of equipment.
Jeep plans to build just 1,000 Gladiator Rubicon FarOut examples, each priced at $71,790. Yep, that’s a lot of money, but if you loaded a Gladiator Rubicon up with as much comparable equipment as possible, you’d end up with a price tag of $70,835. I don’t know about you, but $955 extra for some wicked graphics isn’t the worst deal in the world, especially considering what quality vinyl work costs these days.
A likely contributing factor to the diesel Wrangler’s discontinuation is that the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain offered similarly immense torque but with even better real-world economy, provided owners remember to plug in. However, the Gladiator isn’t currently offered as a plug-in hybrid that would pick up the torque crown from the three-liter diesel V6. Could the diesel’s end mean a Gladiator 4xe is on the way? I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. Stellantis claims that “All Jeep brand vehicles will offer an electrified variant by 2025,” and the Gladiator is due for a facelift, so we should find out soon.
In the meantime, the Gladiator will continue to be available with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 hitched to either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. My advice? Get the manual. It’s leagues more refined than the unit in the old JK Wrangler and rowing through gears with the top off while seemingly two floors in the sky is an unforgettable experience. Sure, fuel economy is somewhere in the range of no, but that’s not why people buy Jeeps.
(Photo credits: Jeep)
Support our mission of championing car culture by becoming an Official Autopian Member.