This Week In Trucks: Volume 63

Final Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

Made available two years ago, the diesel-powered Jeep Gladiator is about to ride off into the sunset as Stellantis continues its transition towards full electrification.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon FarOut Edition
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon FarOut Edition

Called the Rubicon FarOut edition, the truck is propelled by a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Making 260 horsepower and a mighty 442 lb-ft of torque, the vehicle has a range of 800-plus kilometres, sits on third-generation Dana 44 heavy-duty axles all around, and features a 3.73 axle ratio and Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio.

Limited to just 1,000 units, the special Jeep also sports a commemorative “Diesel 3.0L” hood graphic, tailgate badging and 17-inch low-gloss black polished aluminum wheels shod in 33-inch mud-terrain tires. Orders open in September.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

After a three-plus decade absence from the Canadian market, one of Toyota’s most recognizable international models returns: the 2024 Land Cruiser.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Built on the TNGA-F truck global truck platform, the all-new body-on-frame vehicle runs an i-FORCE Max hybrid powertrain producing 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The setup is comprised of a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a 1.87-kilowatt-hour NiMH battery pack. Full-time four-wheel drive with centre-and-rear-locking differential, electronically-controlled high/low two-speed transfer case, disconnecting front stabilizer bar and more help the SUV stay true to its off-road roots.

Customers can choose between two different styles depending on preference. A 1958 grade, the name a nod to the first year the Land Cruiser came to Canada, wears vintage round LED headlamps, while the standard variant boasts rectangular units inspired by the 1980s FJ62. Arrives this coming spring.

Infiniti QX Monograph

Infiniti unveiled the future of the luxury brand’s design language at the annual Pebble Beach Automotive Week.

Infiniti QX Monograph

The wait to see the evolution of the signature double-arched grille and digital piano key lighting elements is over. Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design, lead an in-depth walkaround.

“We approach each Infiniti design from the perspective of an artwork, with the aim of evoking emotion and intrigue” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design. “The QX Monograph presented a sizable canvas for us to explore Infiniti’s artistry at maximum scale and create something bold.”

No performance details have been announced as of yet, but it is expected that Infiniti will launch the new model with a twin-turbo V6 under the hood.

Second-gen Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt lives on, according to GM CEO Mary Barra at a recent company quarterly earnings call revealing that the domestic automaker is going to “introduce a next-generation Bolt, continuing to deliver what customers have come to expect: great affordability, range and technology.”

New Chevrolet Bolt coming

No specific launch schedule has been released, but GM is on an “accelerated timeline” to bring a fresh version of the model to market utilizing Ultium underpinnings and Ultifi cloud-based software. When it debuts, it will join three other Chevy zero emissions products — the Silverado EV, Blazer EV and Equinox EV.

More news to come.

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