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2009 Jeep Gladiator

Posted in Auto Show, Concept Cars, General, Jeep, Trucks by Geoff | August 13th, 2008 | 31 Responses |

Jeep Gladiator Concept
Jeep Gladiator Concept

At the risk of sounding like an old guy who talks about “the good ‘ole days,” I can’t help but think that 10 years ago the Jeep Gladiator concept pickup would have been produced without a second thought.  Unfortunately, because of the the economic climate in the auto industry, the Gladiator is still in limbo.  However, there are reasons that the Wrangler-based Gladiator, or something like it, might be on sale in 2009.  Not since the Comanche in the early 90’s has Jeep offered a pickup, though pickups go all the way back to WWII with Jeep.  It would be only natural that Jeep would get back into an area of production that is so inherently a part of its tough image.  (Don’t even mention the Jeep Compass to me.)

A second factor favoring a 2009 Jeep Gladiator is the cost of production, which despite the absymal economy would be fairly easy to do, considering the truck would be essentially built on the Wrangler frame.  Beyond the extended cab which has a small access door and the nearly 6 foot long cargo bed the concept is mostly Wrangler, so a 2009 Jeep Gladiator would be able to share suspension, brakes, steering, traditional part-time four-wheel drive, even the basic dashboard assembly from the Wrangler parts bin.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator

One added feature of the Gladiator is a Chevrolet Avalanche-esque panel that can be lowered to form an eight-foot 11-inch load deck with the tailgate down. The concept Gladiator has a throwback outside spare tire on the left side that I tend to see little use for.  I think it would be better to leave it as an aftermarket option than to include it as standard feature. The concept’s interior has seats for four, and a simple and quite doable design that is not that far from what is already in Jeep showrooms.

Gladiator Interior
Gladiator Interior

The same could be said for the concept’s engine which is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. Of course, the Wrangler’s standard 3.8-liter gasoline V6, six-speed manual transmission and optional four-speed automatic would probably also be offered.

Some speculate that despite small trucks not being incredibly profitable on each individual sale that the Execs at Chrysler might see the Gladiator as another PT Cruiser; an initially hot selling vehicle that made up for its minimal profits by the sheer volume of vehicles sold.  Plus the four-door Wrangler Unlimited has done better than expected and the shared look of the Gladiator is unique in the truck industry.

Gladiators, if made, are likely to be priced like the Wrangler Unlimiteds, which puts the base sticker range at roughly $21,000-$29,000.

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31 Responses

  1. Jeff Forgrave says:

    Just build it already, I’d buy one in a heartbeat.

  2. leo norton says:

    if they would bulid one and put it out people would buy it it prob gets amazing gas milege with that diesel i know i would buy one

  3. michael santos says:

    anychance this being built in the market for a truck and this is it

  4. Landen Schooler says:

    Get you butts in gear Cerberus! Just set the price cheaper than the import pickups!

    (Getting impatient for a small 6sp diesel pickup!)

  5. jim bottorff says:

    Just build the Gladiator-now! I’m hanging on to my Unlimited until the Gladiator is built. It’ll be my last vehicle!

  6. Migz says:

    I for one would have definitely would have plucked down my money for one. I don’t know what Chrysler/Ceberus’s problem it. It’s obvious the vehicles they though would be their money makers were flat. Maybe if they had listened to their costumers and not there bean counter they wouldn’t be in the situation their in right now.

  7. tony says:

    i would buy one today.

  8. shawn says:

    I would buy one immediately. Beautiful.

  9. robert says:

    If thay put the penstair in it would improve the gas milage
    it could stomp out any other truck in it’s class

  10. robert says:

    it would stimulate the truck scectior. the Gladiator AND/OR Brute would rock the world

  11. Ian says:

    being a tradesman and a jeep enthusiast I’d buy one.
    I want one now!

  12. mr. Sundtoft says:

    Greetings from Norway. Just build it. Want to buy it. Rough country here, we need it.

  13. dawn bothof says:

    I love it! What are they waiting for get rid of the compas! I WILL BYE ONE…..

  14. phil says:

    If they built this with a four cylinder turbo diesel and a six speed they would not be able to make them fast enough to keep up with the demand but that not going to happen. Thats not the type of vehical the current administration wants on the road.

  15. Daniel Kenney says:

    jeep built one in 2005 what happened since then jeep has been around for over seventy years and has never had problem selling vehicals .ever hear of the saying he who hesitates is lost .if you don,t pick it up some one else will run with the ball .i would definatly buy one or two there a sharp looking rig and durable i espescially like the for people concept and the 2.8 diesal 4cylinder automatic concept exceptional wake up people and start producing you have people from all around the world waiting for these puppyes wake up people the market is there use it to your advantage

  16. mac says:

    Well are the going to market this jeep or NOT??? Jeep get off the pot and compete with Japan.

  17. robert anguiano says:

    they need to build it already. i’d buy one.it’s only natural for jeep to make trucks!

  18. Ross says:

    I want one! Build it and I will get one.

  19. onile says:

    I want one ! I have a1961 and i need to update. don’t tease just build it .

  20. Stephen says:

    I would trade in my Wrangler JK in a heartbeat for the new Gladiator. Just build the thing already. But don’t go changing it into that hideous Hummer crossbreed concept I’ve seen. That version is just horrible.

  21. william compton says:

    If this comes out it will set a new standard for trucks. If you build it they come.

  22. brad says:

    Hurry up jeep i sold my 97 cherokee for a 50’s willys pickup cause i wanted a bed and was tierd of waiting for the Gladiator

  23. eric says:

    love it build it trade honda in on it.

  24. Robert says:

    Come on , there are so many jeep enthusiasts(myself included) who would buy it in a heartbeat.Jump to it!!! We cannot wait much longer…

  25. Kris says:

    Being a carpenter i always thought a Jeep would be a great second vehicle, BUT if they build the Gladiator i would DEFINATELY trade in my 1/2 ton 4×4 ext cab for one! Chrysler needs to realize that they are really losing out on a market segment that could be extremely benifical to them. the onlt thing that would make it better is a larger selection of engine options usaing the 6 speed manual.

    If they dont build one soon im gonna build my own based on my half tons platform !

  26. case says:

    first off lets just say if i hadt to id go on another deployment to afganistan to have one of these bad jeeps,they made a jeep scrambler in the 80’s and if u look them up now there 1 of the highest selling cj modles soooo helllo wake up the world needs a jeep truck on a rubicon platform with a turbo deisal or even the 6 speed v6 i dnt care just make the damn thing

  27. case says:

    and i forgot to mention the off roading world this jeep would explode with aftermarket parts but hey what do the customers know

  28. Phil Metz says:

    Hurry up jeep my 97 Wrangler has lot’s of miles on it. I can only hold out another year.

  29. anna says:

    I would buy one of these jeeps if they were available, we need a small sized diesel pick up here in canada, there would be tons of people interested, i drive a diesel jetta and the mileage is amazing! I want a diesel truck that isn’t huge!!!!!

  30. Bobby Carr says:

    Just biuld it I will make my s-10 last till then.

  31. George DelaGarza says:

    Get off the pot and start making them!! I’ll trade in my bighorn for one!