Waiting for a New Jeep Truck? Maybe the Gladiator Concept Will Make it to ProductionJeep revealed its Gladiator concept truck at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005, and if some form of the truck is actually produced, it should satisfy most Jeep truck fans who have been waiting for a new Jeep pickup.
The Gladiator concept truck 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. An expandable bed and extra storage compartments enhance the Gladiator's cargo carrying abilities.
The Gladitor truck is powered by a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 163 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission and a part-time transfer case round out that system.
The truck's front and rear suspension are both multi-link designs, and coilover shocks are used at all four corners. The rear has dual, concentric springs and the Gladiator has a 1,500-pound payload.
The Gladiator's ground clearance is 13.7 inches, with a break-over angle of 23.2 degrees, an approach angle of 47.6 and departure angle of 38.0 degrees. Front and rear tires measure 34 inches and are mounted on 18x8 inch wheels.