The Jeep Gladiator debuted to the acclaim of jeep and truck enthusiasts across the world. Jeep was able to grant the wishes of so many but still couldn't give us a V8. But why? Why can't jeep give us a V8?
Well according to the interview with Jeep President Tom Kuniskis at 12:50 in the below video, they tried but ran into a problem.
Jeep knows what you want. They know you want a wrangler with a hemi, 6-Speed Manual, and rocket launchers but some things are simply not in the cards.
As it turns out the Jeep Gladiator and JL Wrangler can fit a Hemi but crash testing was the stopping point. With a big V8 in the engine bay the crumple zones were simply too small.
Luckily Jeep did more research and found what a Jeep really needs is torque. Luckily they're going to offer a 3.0-liter V6 Diesel that produces 440 lb-ft of torque.