The two-door concept that could help Jeep enter a niche segment

The Easter Jeep Safari, held at Moab, Utah, is a Mecca for Jeep lovers. Jeep uses these 10-odd days to showcase its concepts that not only bring out the creative side of the designers but also serves as a perfect platform to further market the lineup of highly sought-after Mopar products. One of the six concepts, the J6, is the product that serves this purpose completely. It is filled with Mopar products in and out and will undoubtedly intrigue the interest of the Safari attendees.

The J6 Concept is out there to en’lighten’ the event in all its glory. Didn’t get the reference? Well, that’s because Jeep has added a lot of LED lighting shenanigans to this truck. What makes it all the more interesting is that it has a two-door cab with a six-foot-long bed. A lot of enthusiasts have been vocal about having this same combination for quite some time now. Jeep understands this and will use this Safari as a pedestal to see if it makes a viable business case for itself.

Exterior

  • Stinger Bar Prototype Upfront
  • 10 LED Lights In Total
  • ’Brilliant Blue’ Shade Brought Back From The 1970s
  • Six-foot Long Truck Bed
  • Prototype Spare Tire Carrier Can Hold A 37-Inch Tire
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Jeep has given the J6 a slightly vintage and retro feel in terms of aesthetics. Upfront, the J6 is devoid of any chrome elements. Jeep has bolted a two-inch steel stinger bar prototype on the front fascia. For the uninitiated, a stinger bar is a tube that helps prevent a vehicle from a rollover. You must have seen a wheelie bar in the back of drag cars that help the cars from rolling over backward. It is basically the same thing but installed in the front. Glad that Jeep has used the word ’prototype’ because this will be more than useless in preventing you from flipping over in worst-case scenarios. The bumper has four auxiliary LED lights and fog lamps on either side.

The trademark-seven slat grille is a custom Mopar Satin Black unit that finds its place without any change.

When viewed from the front, there is a set of LED lights just in front of the wing mirrors, because... why not!

2019 Jeep Gladiator J6 Concept
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Jeep has done an excellent job in recreating a modern Rubicon Gladiator with an essence of the ’70s Jeeps. The automaker has used a blue shade on the J6. This is no ordinary shade. Jeep has used this ’Brilliant Blue’ shade for the first time since it was seen on the Jeep Honcho in 1978! This two-door pickup model wears a longer bed than its production-counterpart. The bed now measures six-feet in length and sits on a 118.4-inch wheelbase. This wheelbase measures the same as that of the four-door Wrangler that’s currently on sale. Jeep has installed custom, steel tube rock rails along the sides. This helps the J6 tackle undulations while off-roading.

2019 Jeep Gladiator J6 Concept
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The rear is the most happening area of the J6. It receives all the spotlight it deserves, and then some more. The bed is implanted with a steel prototype roll bar that houses four LED lights illuminating the trail forward and two lighting up the bed.

So, in total, the Jeep J6 has 10 LED auxiliary lights.

Quite a bright idea this! These LEDs will be available for the standard Gladiator as well, but the prices for the same are not out yet. The bed also features a prototype spare tire carrier that can store up to a 37-inch tire. Apart from this, the J6 comes with a rear-view camera mounted on the tailgate, under the retro-styled, classic ’Jeep’ badge. Two tow hooks, painted in red, are found on the full-sized rear bumper.

Interior

  • Two-door Cabin
  • A-pillars With Grab Handles
  • Katzkin Seats
  • Dedicated Switch Bank For The LED Lights
  • Mopar products like all-weather floor mats, pedal kit, etc.
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This regular two-door cab model along with a long bed is something the Gladiator aficionados have been yearning for. The J6 will wear Katzkin leather upholstery with color contrast stitching that matches the exterior vibe. The A-pillars and the passenger side dash comes with grab handles. The steering receives the classic ’Jeep’ badge. Out of all the six concepts on display, the interior on the J6 seems to have maximum Mopar products on display, like the bright pedal kit, all-weather floor mats, and molded door sill guards. Jeep has also installed an auxiliary switch bank on the center control that houses the buttons for all the 10 LED lights. Although there seems to be a color-code being followed in here, stuff like the HVAC controls and vents, touchscreen unit, etc. all seem to be the same as the stock Gladiator.

Coming back to the Katzkin leather, this was one of the most exciting points when the 2020 Gladiator was showcased at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Katzkin has been Mopar’s partner for the last one-and-a-half decades, and its seats are one of the most significant selling points for Jeep products. You might be wondering why a hardcore, off-road truck needs such premium leather on the inside; won’t the seats get dirty? But let’s just say that Jeep is confident that the seats won’t wear out as it is backing their claim by giving a three-year warranty on the hide.

Drivetrain

  • 3.6-liter, V-6 Pentastar Engine
  • 37-inch Tires Wrapped in 17-inch wheels
  • Mopar Cold-air Intake present
  • Two-inch lift kit
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The Jeep J6 Concept is powered by a 3.6-liter, V-6 Pentastar engine. Since the truck is based on the standard Gladiator itself, we believe it will be offered with 285 ponies and 260 pound-feet of torque. Jeep, however, says that this engine will receive a performance bump through the Mopar cold-air intake system present under the hood. The engine will is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The truck also rides on a two-inch lift kit, making things a lot easier when taken on non-tarmac surfaces. The J6 concept rides on 37-inch all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels from ’Brass Monkey.’ But it looks like Jeep didn’t think this through because despite the two-inch lift kit, the departure angle is not that great and it will scrape on surfaces.

2020 Jeep Gladiator specifications

Engine 3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V-6
Type and Description 60-degree, V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3,604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM

Final Thoughts

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The J6 Concept is the perfect amalgamation of retro looks with modern technology. The truck looks bold, bright, and smart, and has a lot going in favor of it. For starters, the truck, in its two-door avatar and a long bed, has been desired for ages. In fact, even the company says this is the concept that may even see the light of the day as a mass production truck. Jeep’s North American chief, Tim Kuniskis, said that even though the J6 is only a concept, the brand will hear out what fans and owners think about the two-door truck. The J6, along with five other Jeep concepts, was showcased at the 53rd Edition of the Easter Jeep Safari that was held in Moab, Utah, from April 13 to April 21, covering the Easter Sunday.

  • Leave it
    • Not as engaging or intriguing as the other concepts
    • Looks very similar to the standard Gladiator
    • Interior feels too plain and basic

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Concept.

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