Jeep pickup decision coming soon - report

2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept
2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept

Could be based on the next-generation Wrangler

When Jeep introduced the Gladiator concept at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Unfortunately, Chrysler was on the rocks and a production version was never introduced.

That could soon be changing as Jeep President Mike Manley has revealed the company will decide whether or not to build a pickup "pretty soon." Talking to Car Advice, Manley said two- and four-door variants are under consideration but "One of the issues is that when you go four-door with a bed is that your break-over angle gets destroyed. We can still maintain approach and departure angles, but when we get to a certain length, the break-over becomes an issue."

This is a challenging problem since the truck would likely be based on the next-generation Wrangler and Jeep doesn't want to damage the off-roader's reputation by making it less capable. One possible way around this is to use a Fiat-based platform which Manley says are "very, very versatile."

Source: Car Advice
Published Aug 11th, 2012 1:14am By Michael Gauthier
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howe2002 howe2002
We already have it here in Canada. Just saw one the other day in Kelowna, BC.
Aug 12th, 2012 1:53am
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DonHornby DonHornby
That's an aftermarket conversion, either an AEV Brute or a Mopar JK-8 conversion.
Aug 13th, 2012 9:19pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
What's wrong with a two door pickup or suicide doors at rear?
Aug 11th, 2012 11:13am
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