The Jeep Gladiator was a full-size pickup truck
based on the SJ Jeep Wagoneer SUV. It was introduced in 1963, discontinued
in 1970, and replaced in 1973 by the Jeep Honcho.
Jeep Gladiator Concept
late 2004 a new Jeep Gladiator concept was introduced. While not actually
intended to be for sale, it was used as a demonstration of what Jeep was
planning on in the future.
The Jeep Gladiator concept car
Jeep Gladiator Concept Press Release
Auburn Hills, Mich. - Jeep® brand vehicles are
known for being able to conquer terrain that competitors fear and for a
heritage steeped in utility. The Jeep Gladiator concept vehicle rides
over boundaries and limits in addition to the terrain and obstacles.
The Gladiator is a lifestyle pickup with all of the rugged functionality
of the famed Jeep Wrangler. It is a super utility truck that features an
open-air canvas roof, removable doors and fold-down windshield so driver
and passengers can get in touch with the outdoors, and an expandable
pickup-truck bed and clever storage compartments to offer truly useful
"Jeep Gladiator is an authentic statement of Jeep brand heritage that
explores what shape and features a modern Jeep pickup might have," said
Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Chrysler Group Design.
Jeep enthusiasts will likely recognize the Gladiator name from the 1962
fullsize pickup truck model. Other Jeep elements on today's Gladiator
that blend style and function include the seven-slot grille, an open-air
passenger compartment, a Command Trac® part-time 4x4 system, front- and
rear-locking differentials, a front winch and full skid plates.
While the heritage rings true, Gladiator is also a thoroughly modern
pickup, intelligently engineered for an active lifestyle. The Jeep brand
has always embodied function in a right-sized vehicle, and the Gladiator
continues that theme by offering more utility and storage than would be
expected in a vehicle scaled for maneuverability and ease of driving.
There is a driver-side cabin-storage access panel as well as a lockable
storage panel in front of the rear wheel. The 4-foot-wide bed space is
expandable with storage that can extend inside the cabin when more
length is needed. The bed can be transformed easily from its standard
length of 5 foot, 8 inches (1,725 mm) to 6 foot, 8 inches (2,026 mm)
with the midgate expanded, and ultimately to 8 foot, 11 inches (2,723
mm) with the midgate expanded and tailgate down.
Gladiator is powered by the modern and efficient 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder
common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 295 lb-ft of torque and
163 hp. It delivers ample power to all four wheels through a 6-speed
manual transmission and a traditional part-time transfer case.
The front and rear suspension are multi-link designs for a smooth ride
over all surfaces with plenty of suspension travel for capable off
roading. Coilover shocks are used at all four corners for superb
control. The rear incorporates dual, concentric springs for a
comfortable ride while offering a 1,500-pound payload. Key off-roading
specifications include a ground clearance of 13.7 inches (348 mm),
break-over angle of 23.2 degrees and an approach/departure angle of 47.6
/38.0 degrees, respectively. Tires in the front and rear are 34 inches
in diameter (265/75R18) mounted on 18x8 inch wheels.
On the interior, Gladiator is thoroughly contemporary with a utility
theme. The color palate includes Armour Green with Dark Slate Gray
accents. The seats are weatherproof and the interior is designed for
hose-out ease of care. Not surprisingly, Gladiator features all the
necessary technology for finding the way there and back including GPS, a
navigation system and a communications system. "This vehicle blends
classic cues with contemporary functionality and innovation," said
Creed. "The timeless silhouette - even the bedside-mounted spare of
classic Jeep pickups- is merged with a modern chassis, a turbo diesel
powertrain and a flexible, expandable truck bed."
Source: DaimlerChrysler MediaServices
JEEP GLADIATOR CONCEPT
The Jeep Gladiator is a lifestyle pickup with all the capability of the
famed Wrangler. It's authentically Jeep, featuring the historic box
side-mounted spare of past models. This "flexible utility truck"
features an open-air canvas top, an expandable truck bed, and a stowaway
rear seat cushion. This is rugged functionality found only in Jeep.
Jeep Introduces Gladiator Concept Truck at 2005 NAIAS
About.com's review of the Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck - The Gladiator
has an open-air canvas roof, removable doors and a fold-down windshield,
all features that allow its occupants to feel in touch with the
outdoors. Its expandable truck bed and extra storage compartments
enhance the concept's cargo carrying abilities. ...more ...
The Jeep Gladiator concept car (2005) review from Allpar.com
The Jeep® Gladiator converts the Wrangler into a pickup truck, bringing
up memories of Comanches past. read more ...
Jeep Gladiator Concept - Automobile Magazine's Review
"Gladiator" was the name of Jeep pickups in the 1960s, but this concept
actually harkens back further to the more militaristic Jeep Truck of the
1950s. ... read more
- Donald L.
Gilbert, Jr's 1968 Jeep "Gladiator"
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