Jeep Gladiator Concepts Fill Us with WANT
Apr 09, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Moab!
With the Jeep Gladiator soon to hit showrooms across the nation, the brand went all-in on concepts with truck beds at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. No fewer than half a dozen pickups ranging from mild to wild were unleashed by the Jeep crew earlier today.
This ride is a Rubicon customized to a two-door configuration and arguably one of the concepts that could easily make production. A six-foot cargo bed area (don’t call it a box) is a full foot longer than the standard Gladiator bed. The design team reached back into the archives for its custom Metallic Brilliant Blue paint, calling to mind a shade that showed up on the 1978 Honcho. The J6’s overall length is 201 inches, with a wheelbase of 118.4 inches, matching the wheelbase of the current-generation Jeep Wrangler 4-door. This is great news for production possibilities.
A prototype two-inch steel stinger bar bolts to the Rubicon front bumper, while rock rails customized with two-inch steel tubes welded to the standard Jeep Gladiator rails. We love that retro font on the front fender badges but could easily do with all the accessory lighting. Those are 37-inch tires, by the way, and there’s a familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar under the hood. Jeep, if you’re listening, build it!
Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter
Reaching back into the vaults for this one, the rig shown here is a restomod of epic proportions. Starting with a 1968 M-715, this Gladiator-based military vehicle was re-imagined with design and functional improvements to its chassis, drivetrain, and cargo space. The original front sheet metal was tossed in the dumpster, replaced by a full carbon-fiber front end. Give yourself a cookie if you spotted the bobbed six-foot bed and 3.5-inch shave given to the convertible soft-top. It cuts a mean stance.
The M-715 Five-Quarter’s off-road capability has been jacked by reinforcing the original frame and replacing the leaf springs with a heavy-duty link/coil suspension system. Not content to rest, the team pulled the front axle forward forward two inches, using a Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 up front and a Pro-rock 80 axle in the rear. Capping things off are massive 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped with 40-inch tires. Under the hood? A Hellcrate engine making over 700 horsepower, of course.