If there was an award for ’Best Concept Vehicle of the Year’, this one would win by a huge margin

The SEMA Show is turning out to be quite exciting. Jeep is taking part, obviously, and has come with a concept targeted at hard-core mountain bike enthusiasts. The automaker, along with Mopar, has transformed the 2020 Gladiator pickup truck into a fun concept vehicle for serious mountain bikers. But, what’s catchier about this concept is the number of storage spaces in the customized truck bed. Oh, and also, there’s a built-in hot dog machine. How about that!

What’s Different On The Outside?

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Called the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept, this truck comes loaded with 20 Jeep Performance Parts. Mopar has installed numerous equipment on this Gladiator, making it one of the most unique models we’ve seen. The truck comes painted in the K-9 Blue (Being a Top ‘DOG’ Concept, can we call it ‘Canine’?) shade on the outside. This truck concept comes with a pair of JPP five-inch LED lights installed at the base of the A-pillars.

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The stock bumper is swapped for a JPP Rubicon unit which holds a concept two-inch steel grille guard. This is inspired by the J6 Concept that the automaker unveiled at the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari event held at Moab, Utah. An exclusive JPP 8,000-pound-capacity Rubicon Warn winch is mounted atop the bumper that includes 100 feet of Spydura synthetic rope.

The hood features custom Mopar latches with the Jeep Willys logo on it. Perhaps that is why Jeep unveiled the Willys Gladiator a couple of days before showcasing this example. A fully-functional snorkel is also installed so the engine can breathe comfortably during hardcore off-roading or water wading.

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The automaker has also equipped JPP rock rails with two-inch steel tubes welded on it and looks similar to the grille guard up front. The Top Dog Concept also features a JPP two-inch lift kit with FOX shocks for better ground clearance during off-roading. This setup is complemented by 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels. To accommodate these big tires comfortably, Jeep also installed steel “high-top” fender flares. At the back, the truck comes with another JPP Warn winch.

How Is It On The Inside?

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In the cabin, Jeep has continued with the blue color theme. The seats are wrapped in Katzkin leather with blue contrast stitching. This pattern can be seen on the armrests and steering wheel, too. The truck comes with black door sill guards that feature a raised Gladiator logo. Jeep has installed Mopar stainless-steel pedal covers with black rubber pads on the pedals. To wrap it all off, the Gladiator Top Dog features Mopar all-weather floor mats throughout the cabin.

What So Special About This Concept?

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This Top Dog concept comes with a customized bed with a whole of storage solutions.

The standard cargo box is replaced with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. First up on the driver’s side, there’s a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand. The passenger side of the system features pull-out drawers to store tools for the mountain bikes. It features several interior storage shelves, and exterior lighting switches so you don’t have to go inside the cabin for every little thing.

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Jeep and Mopar have also mounted dual concept exterior task lights on each side along with a set of traction mats for vehicle recovery and extraction. These, by the way, are also attached to the storage racks. You can hold two Trek mountain bikes on top of this solid rack structure on the roof. Given that the truck rides on a lift kit, it would be nearly impossible to get them down without any assistance.

Jeep has taken care of this by equipping a foldable ladder in a roll-out storage drawer above the rear-mounted winch. Apart from this, there are two rack structures above the cab area that offer additional storage space for tools and equipment.

What Powers The Jeep Top Dog Concept?

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There are no changes under the hood. It is powered by the same 3.6-liter, V-6 Pentastar engine that does duties in the many FCA products. The engine cranks out 285 ponies and 260 pound-feet of torque. Although the engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission is offered as optional. This concept comes with the latter.

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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Jeep introduced a lot of interesting concepts when the Gladiator was about to be launched. In fact, the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari event held in Utah saw only Gladiator concepts and not a single Wrangler. All those concepts were very impressive, but this one takes the cake. Although it’s targeted at bikers, it serves very well as an overlanding vehicle, too.

This is one concept that should be offered as a package for people who love to trek. If that’s a far-fetched thought, at least all the accessories should make it to Mopar. A lot of stuff used here is customized for the concept, but Jeep and Mopar should seriously consider making them official accessories for the Gladiator.

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Quality-tested, factory-backed Jeep® Performance Parts (JPP) complete Jeep Gladiator’s custom, go-anywhere, off-road package for hard-core mountain bike enthusiasts

November 2, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Using exclusive Jeep® Performance Parts (JPP) and custom accessories, Mopar designers transformed a 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a fun concept vehicle for serious mountain bikers.

“Loaded with nearly 20 Jeep Performance Parts, we built this go-anywhere Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept for passionate mountain bike enthusiasts,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA – North America. “Across the entire Jeep lineup, we offer more than 500 quality-tested, factory-backed parts and accessories.”

“Built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle and offering one-of-a-kind open-air freedom, Jeep Gladiator is the perfect canvas for Mopar to push the envelope even further with the addition of an array of Jeep Performance Parts,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “Mopar’s new Top Dog Concept results in even more clever functionality and versatility for Jeep Gladiator.”

Painted K-9 Blue, the Jeep Top Dog Concept expands the cargo-carrying abilities of the most capable Jeep truck ever by removing the standard cargo box and replacing it with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system.

On the passenger side of the storage system, pull-out drawers securely store tools and supplies that mountain bikers need when out on the trails. Vast interior storage shelves, exterior lighting switches and extra power supplies are within easy reach.

On the driver’s side of the storage system, a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand ready to refuel riders for the next section of challenging trails.

Above the cab area, two rack structures provide additional storage space for tools and equipment. Dual concept exterior task lights are mounted on each side and a set of traction mats for vehicle recovery and extraction are also attached to the storage racks. On top of the rack structure, a dual bike rack provides a safe way to transport the Trek mountain bikes to the trails.

For outstanding off-road capability, the Jeep Top Dog Concept features a JPP two-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that provides increased ground clearance, augmented by 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. Concept steel “high-top” fender flares provide additional clearance at all four corners.

Powering the Jeep Top Dog Concept is the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Defending the front end of the Jeep Top Dog Concept is a JPP Rubicon bumper. The bumper holds a concept two-inch steel grille guard, inspired by the Jeep J6 concept and the exclusive JPP 8,000-lb-capacity Rubicon Warn winch that includes 100 feet of Spydura synthetic rope.

The concept hood is accented with custom black Mopar hood latches that feature the Jeep Willys logo. A JPP snorkel helps direct cool air into the engine when off-road conditions threaten normal air inlets. A pair of JPP five-inch, off-road, LED lights installed at the base of the A-pillars help illuminate the trail.

Body sides are protected by JPP rock rails, customized with welded two-inch steel tubes, similar to the front grille guard design. Black door sill guards feature a raised Gladiator logo and help protect interior sills from scratches and scuffs.

A second JPP Warn winch is installed at the rear of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept. Just above the rear-facing winch, a roll-out storage drawer carries a foldable ladder used for access to the dual bike rack.

Inside the cabin, the exterior color theme of K-9 Blue and black is continued with an instrument panel that matches the body color. In addition, black Katzkin leather seats, armrests, shifter boots, steering wheel and the parking brake handle are accented with blue stitching.

Mopar stainless-steel pedal covers with black rubber pads add a bold flare and plenty of traction to the accelerator and brake pedals. Just below the pedals are Mopar all-weather floor mats installed throughout the cabin area.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 150 markets. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer-contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com. Mopar is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.

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