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Unread 01-18-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Article: Mystery Car 69: Jeep Gladiator pickup coming?



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Jan 18, 2011
By Fred Meier, USA TODAY

It isn't often that Mystery Car on Drive On's Forum delivers a scoop, but this week we may have one. Could Jeep be making a production vehicle out of its macho 2005 Gladiator concept?

Fishininthedark correctly deduced right off the bat that he was looking at a Gladiator, a Hummer SUT-like, four-wheel-drive pickup. And it wasn't easy to pick out, given that the photo we took last Thursday at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich., that cuts off the back end. We stopped by this interesting collection of all things Mopar after the press days finished at the big Detroit auto show.

But that color, yellow, just didn't seem right to Fishin'.

It took GRSKzoo to find an obscure reference on a dealer discussion site about the Gladiator having been repainted yellow. Then he came up with the scoop: a Toledo Blade article this week that hints that a new Gladiator could be in the works for production.

The Blade quotes Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne as saying "chances were better than 50%" that a Jeep-branded pickup similar to the automaker's 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept would be built alongside the Wrangler, despite protests from Chrysler's truck-only Ram brand."

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Unread 01-18-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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I love it don't get me wrong but aren't all jeeps trucks when we pull the back seat.
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Unread 01-19-2011, 02:17 AM   #3
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That paint color is AWESOME and those rims are really nice.. The front of it... isn't so good...the
Jeep Truck looks great.
This is a perfect example of what you can achieve with time, proper planning!!
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Unread 01-20-2011, 12:55 PM   #4
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Hay back up some, that yellow Gladiator is built on a Ram truck frame, and not on the wrangler. The new jeep truck will be built from the jeep wrangler, so it going to be a lot smaller.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #5
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Overall, I like it. But that wheelbase is WAAAAYYYYYYYYY too long! Especially the bed, a 6 foot bed is fine with a standard cab, but with a crew or extended cab, Id want nothing longer than a 5 footer. Preferably 4 to 4 1/2 would work out nicely with a flip out bed extender like most SUTs have. The current 4-door wrangler's wheelbase is plenty long enough to work out a couple pickups.
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Unread 01-27-2011, 11:00 AM   #6
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Hay back up some, that yellow Gladiator is built on a Ram truck frame, and not on the wrangler. The new jeep truck will be built from the jeep wrangler, so it going to be a lot smaller.
I have a feeling that the Gladiator will be based more off of the J8 frame rather than the JK. Leaf sprung rear suspension, D60, 2700 lbs payload capacity, 7700 lbs towing capacity.

Dana 30/44, and a V6 or 4.7 for a light duty version, Dana 44/60 and a Hemi for a heavy duty version, throw in a couple diesel options for either
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Unread 02-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #7
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I don't really care how the "Ram Brand" protests! If they built something I wanted I'd look at a Ram (1/2-ton, 4x4, quad cab, light diesel, manual trans, 25 mpg, etc..). Ram can go "stuff" themselves.
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Overall, I like it. But that wheelbase is WAAAAYYYYYYYYY too long! Especially the bed, a 6 foot bed is fine with a standard cab, but with a crew or extended cab, Id want nothing longer than a 5 footer. Preferably 4 to 4 1/2 would work out nicely with a flip out bed extender like most SUTs have. The current 4-door wrangler's wheelbase is plenty long enough to work out a couple pickups.
yeah... gonna agree with you, the wheelbase is kinda long - It's a good look'n truck though. Looks very practical...

Ram really shouldn't feel bad though, and it probably won't affect there sales much. Nothing against Ram at all, it's just that the customer base who want this truck, really just don't want anything to do with Ram; or any other truck for that matter. I've wanted something like the Gladiator for a while, and if I ever owned any truck, it'd be a Jeep.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 03:18 AM   #9
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yeah... gonna agree with you, the wheelbase is kinda long - It's a good look'n truck though. Looks very practical...

Ram really shouldn't feel bad though, and it probably won't affect there sales much. Nothing against Ram at all, it's just that the customer base who want this truck, really just don't want anything to do with Ram; or any other truck for that matter. I've wanted something like the Gladiator for a while, and if I ever owned any truck, it'd be a Jeep.
Not ENTIRELY true. Id consider a reg cab/swb/4x4 ram if it offered a manual trans and Hemi altogether. Granted, Id MUCH rather have a Jeep pickup with a similar combo. But a Ram would always be just a little less hardcore 4x4 than a Jeep and wouldnt offer the raw styling. Theres's plenty of room for both in the market. Personally, Id offer the Ram just as I described and would offer a Jeep pickup equipped similarly and then in EVERY LAST ad I would loudly proclaim that if you want a V-8/manual trans in a truck, ChryCo is the only place to get it.
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I have a feeling that the Gladiator will be based more off of the J8 frame rather than the JK. Leaf sprung rear suspension, D60, 2700 lbs payload capacity, 7700 lbs towing capacity.

Dana 30/44, and a V6 or 4.7 for a light duty version, Dana 44/60 and a Hemi for a heavy duty version, throw in a couple diesel options for either
This is how they SHOULD do it.

But, I am not holding my breath.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 12:51 PM   #11
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I got 2 points I'd like to voice:

1. The jeep truck competing with RAM trucks is hawg wash, Most 85% of past/present/future Jeep truck owners simply will NOT own a RAM truck . . . So that what a 15% hit to RAM to gain an 85% gain in jeep . . . That is a 70% increase in gross total vehicle production. (Numbers used are just an example)

2. Its a truck weather a work horse or off roader its gotta be tough ! I would say D44/D44 standard V6 4spd auto 5spd manual . . . Then a D44/D60 4.7/5.7 V8 5spd auto 6spd manual maybe optional SRT type deal 5.7/6.1 V8 D60/D60 . . .

By ditching the option for a diesel and making the Jeep a bit more "playful" it would be less of a RAM competitor and more of a "toy" type truck like the Viper is to Challenger is to Charger is to 300 ect . . .

I'm prolly just being stupid
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I love it don't get me wrong but aren't all jeeps trucks when we pull the back seat.
That's usually how mine works
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Unread 02-06-2011, 02:14 PM   #13
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Yup kind of how jeep has worked for a while, FSJ-trucks died 87/88 the MSJ-truck died in 92' . . . So for about 20+ years you got it pull the rear seat and set that spare engine transmission tranfercase or pile of firewood ect ect ect on in.

I hear that method works well till ya get a leakier, then those go on a trailer towed behind you.
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