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Old 08-25-2016, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default 2017 Jeep Gladiator Ė Is The Wait Finally Over?




Jeep is known for making great off-roading vehicles and itís basically the off-roading icon, the legend. When off-roading is mentioned, most people immediately think of Jeep. In some countries the word Jeep is a synonym for a large off-road capable truck, regardless of whether itís a Jeep. Yes, the image of the Jeep has been that influential over the years. As time changed however, so did the brand. People mainly wanted tall, luxury vehicles to be used for the road mainly and that spawned categories like the SUV and the crossover. The new 2017 Jeep Gladiator is supposed to change the idea that SUVs are the way forward. The actual concept car was introduced around 11 years ago, in 2005, but thatís where it was left. No talks or details about it actually being built were released so it got buried in the history files. Until now that is. 2017 seems to be the year that the Gladiator sees the light of day.


Jeep hasnít made a pickup truck in over 30 years. Many fans desiring a pickup have left the brand for that fact alone and continued on a manufacturer which makes pickups. Although there arenít that many people who would have gone for a Jeep pickup truck even if it existed to affect Jeepís economy that much in the short term, it all adds up in the long run. What are a thousand or two thousand people a year (as an example) who would have purchased a Jeep pickup truck, have now turned into around 30-60 thousand over the span of 30 years. And thatís a big amount of people, a big amount of customers and a big amount of money flowing into another pickup truck manufacturer thatís not Jeep. Jeep obviously realized the potential there, which is why they announced that they will build a pickup truck. There were rumors that it will get built for as many times as there are people on the earth, but it never actually happened. Weíll take this one with a bit of a reserve but hereís hoping itís true.

Exterior Design

The 2017 Jeep Gladiator (although it will probably be called the Wrangled Pickup) is Jeepís saving grace in the pickup department. It will keep its robust and tough design (of the Wrangler effectively), but be loaded with the latest features. Thatís the entire premise of a Jeep pickup. Tough and mean on the outside, with plenty of creature comforts on the inside. The front side will maintain the Wrangler appearance but if you think that it wonít differ from a Wrangler at all from the front, youíre completely wrong. The bumper is completely different (itís a new type of bumper with integrated projector lights). Theyíre really in handy once youíre off-roading, but may be a bit of an overkill for normal road use (unless you encounter a blizzard or a storm).

The back is where the magic happens with the Gladiator (or whatever they decide to name it). The usual roof, doors and tailgates you expect to find in a normal Jeep are gone. Theyíve been chopped off and in their place you now find a bed. Access will be via two smaller doors at the back which will act as an entrance to the back seat area. The spare wheel is positioned on the coolest place possible: the side of the car. If you donít think thatís the coolest looking thing ever we advise you stop reading right here, because it will only get much cooler from this point on

2017 Jeep Gladiator Interior design

The interior will be a rip off (copy) from the Jeep Wrangler. We will be really surprise to find any changes at all. Most brands are known to share interior parts and designs between similar models and in fact the entire lineup in some cases and with the Wrangler being so close to the Gladiator, it should be a straight carryover. The one are where there will be a difference will be in the seating department (space). The added bed at the back makes the rear seats a lot less comfortable and really only suitable for smaller people and short journeys. Letís not forget that it is a pickup however: rear seats are not its primary concern.

Did we mention it only gets cooler? Check this out: the bed is actually a modular bed, meaning it can change positions depending on what you want and need out of it. Should you so desire, you can even take out the two seats in the back completely and open up two more extra feet of space. We would honestly just take the rear seats out completely because letís be real, who will ever use them? You buy an SUV to transfer people, not a pickup. The pickup is for people who want to transfer stuff, but we do appreciate the consideration from Jeep to include rear seats regardless

Engine and Transmission

The hood hides an identical engine as the one in the Wrangler. This means a 3.6 liter unit developing 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Although itís great stats and performance wise, itís appaling fuel economy wise. It would only make sense to add the 2.8 liter VM Motori inline 4-cylinder to the lineup as well but one can only wish. Itís a spectacular unit however. Capable of 160 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque itís more than adequate to move the Wrangler around while returning great fuel economy at the same time. Power will be transferred to the rear wheels via a 5 speed automatic. Should you want off-road capabilities even further thereís an all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed auto.

Source: netcarshow.com

Price and Release date

The release date is yet to be released (if it does), but we canít wait. The starting price can be anywhere from $29,000 to $50,000 depending on what options you get, but itís anyoneís guess at this point.

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Old 08-25-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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yuppies must be slathering at this.
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yuppies must be slathering at this.
I was until no 6.4 version.
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the images are all pre-2010 interior revamp, so old. there are spy pics of the mules out there.
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:09 PM   #5
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"Jeep hasn't made a pickup in over 30 years"

False. The Jeep Comanche ran until 1992.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:55 AM   #8
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I see the Hummer H2 buyers lining up in droves to purchase this and slam some dumb ass set of wheels on it.
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Well Jeep is known as a very reliable brand
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