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2019 Jeep Gladiator by FiftyTen

2019 Jeep Gladiator by FiftyTen

A good-to-have midsize camper system for people who stay in touch with their adventurous sides constantly

The Jeep Gladiator changed the way the compact pickup market was looked at. We finally have a hardcore truck that is as versatile as any other truck it competes against. We’ve covered the Gladiator as a daily driver, an off-roader, and a work truck; but, how about as an adventure truck? We guess this was the only thing left on the list.

Here’s FiftyTen, a German company that makes camping gear. The company recently teased a foldable camping gear earlier this year, and now, it has revealed the product by shelling out some details on the Gladiator-based camper that will make its debut over the coming weekend.

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Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 by Hennessey

Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 by Hennessey

It comes with 1,000 horses under the hood and a six-digit price tag

Jeep kept us waiting for almost three decades to bring out the Gladiator. It launched the concept truck back in 2005, but the production-spec truck was launched this year. However, it was worth the wait because Jeep managed to create an all-round truck that could be used as a daily-driver, as an off-roader, and also as a work truck. However, that Gladiator couldn’t be considered a ’beast’ in any sense. It neither looked intimidating, nor had the firepower to make people’s jaws drop. But Hennessey Performance was quick to work on this and decided to close in on the one thing that the original Gladiator was not. Hennessey has unveiled the alter-ego version of the Jeep Gladiator under the 2020 Hennessey Maximus 1000 Jeep Gladiator Truck moniker. The tuner decided not to make this a common offering and announced that only 24 examples of the Maximus will be manufactured. Is this product worth the exclusivity?

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2019 Jeep Gladiator JT Scrambler Concept

2019 Jeep Gladiator JT Scrambler Concept

A concept that will take us back to the 1980s

Yet another Gladiator-based concept to mark its presence at the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari, the Jeep JT Scrambler concept is quite similar to the J6 - a throwback to the Jeep’s history. But this time, it’s not just about the colors, but also the graphics. The graphics and color combination strongly resonates with the CJ8 Scrambler from the ’80s. Just like all the other concepts present at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, this one too is a showpiece to exhibit the Mopar performance parts. Actually, not just the performance parts, but also the bright, orange stickers around the body which are the highlight of this truck.

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2019 Jeep Gladiator Gravity Concept

2019 Jeep Gladiator Gravity Concept

A machine that is nothing but a moving Mopar Parts catalogue

The Jeep Gladiator Gravity Concept is perhaps the smartest looking truck of the lot that was presented at the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari. We are not sure if it was the design team that worked on this concept or the marketing team, but knowing that Jeep uses this event to create, innovate, and display new Mopar products, we have to say that this truck will bring in maximum revenue for Jeep. The Gravity concept is basically a table, shaped like a truck, that showcases a plethora of Mopar performance products. This Jeep shows how you can elevate the abilities and capabilities of your Jeep by installing the products from Jeep’s performance brand. On the onset, the car looks absolutely fantastic in the orange shade while maintaining its rugged looks. Just like four other concept trucks, Jeep has based this one on the Gladiator, too. The automaker has made sure that the company’s new pickup truck receives maximum exposure from this event. But, we cannot fathom the fact that not a single concept is based on the Wrangler!

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2019 Jeep Gladiator M-715 Five-Quarter

2019 Jeep Gladiator M-715 Five-Quarter

A reincarnated military truck with over 700 horses under the hood

This Jeep is only concept of the lot from this year’s Easter Jeep Safari that is not a 2020 Gladiator dressed in pretty clothes. Moniker’d the ’Five-Quarter,’ this concept truck is actually a resto-mod of the 1968 Kaiser Jeep M-715, Gladiator-based, military vehicle. This concept will surely draw a lot of attention from the die-hard fans and enthusiasts who have followed Jeep with loyalty. Let me stress on this again - this is a resto-mod operation, not a replica. This is the real deal. So, of the 30,000-odd vehicles that were built, and God knows how many have survived to this day, Jeep and Mopar have actually stripped apart a 50-year old truck and garnished it with loads with new parts!

Fun fact - Jeep actually picked this model up off of Craigslist before putting it through the wringer. If this doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will.

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2019 Jeep Gladiator J6 Concept

2019 Jeep Gladiator J6 Concept

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.

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2019 Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Concept

2019 Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Concept

Your dirt bikes deserve to hitch a ride as well

Jeep has crowded the 53rd Easter Jeep Safari with six of its concepts. Knowing how competitive the market has gotten in this age, Jeep decided to make use of this much-anticipated event by basing five of its six concepts on the new Gladiator, you know, for maximum exposure. Jeep has also paid tribute to the 1968 M-715 for the sake of nostalgia. Jeep has invested all of its time and finances allotted for this Safari on the Gladiator-based concepts, and here is one that revolves around the theme of motocross lifestyle - Dirt bikes and bro codes. Moniker’d the Flatbill concept, this truck has been designed while keeping the desert lifestyle in mind.

It certainly looks like Jeep had a lot of fun building this concept. In fact, Jeep seems to have gone all ’bruh’ with the Flatbill concept. How often do you see an automaker relate so close to reality? It’s not just about the vernacular here; Jeep has managed to induce the ’bro-ness’ into the Jeep with styling and design philosophy. The bright color combination and the loud styling cues make this one of the funkiest concepts of the 2019 Safari lot. Oh, and did we forget to tell you that the term ’Flatbill’ is derived from the popular style of baseball hats that the Jeep folks like to wear. No, we are not making this up, bro.

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2019 Jeep Gladiator Wayout Concept

2019 Jeep Gladiator Wayout Concept

A perfect reason for you to find a ’wayout’ of your work schedule and explore the wild terrains

It’s back! The 53rd Annual Easter Week celebration for Jeep enthusiasts is here, and we are chuffed to bits, just like every year. This year, Jeep will bring in not one, not two, but six different concepts. Five of these concepts are based on the newGladiator, while one is essentially a tribute to the 1968 M-715 military version of the old-school civilian Gladiator. Jeep has worked with Mopar to create these concepts, and each one is a work of art in its own way. However, what caught our attention is that not a single one has the Wrangler badge this time! Easter Jeep Safari without Wrangler is like Thanksgiving dinner without Turkey! Guess Jeep is too excited commemorating the Gladiator pickup instead. For the 2019 Safari, the most practical concept that could make it to production, and still dominate the market, is the Wayout concept. From Jeep’s point-of-view, this concept is a way to re-instill the spark in enthusiast’s mind that no matter which automaker comes up with fancy shenanigans, a Jeep will still be a Jeep. We are referring to the Ford Ranger, and it’s exhaustive list of camping gear. The Wayout is the ultimate overlanding vehicle that would make for the perfect #wanderlust pictures for your Instagram.

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2019 Jeep Gladiator By Katzkin Leather

2019 Jeep Gladiator By Katzkin Leather

Katzkin’s got some fancy leather for Jeep’s returning pickup truck

After more than 30 years on the shelves, the almighty Jeep Gladiator returned to the auto scene at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Less than a few months later, we now have one of the first custom jobs for the Gladiator courtesy of a company known for making some of the best leather products for car interiors in the market. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Katzkin Leather’s interpretation of the Jeep Gladiator, and it’s an absolute doozy. Comprised mostly of upgrades to the truck’s interior, Katzkin Leather’s work on the Gladiator’s cabin is a visual showcase of the company’s new products. The upholstery package is one of the many options that Katzkin is offering through Mopar, complementing the menu of accessories and options that are already available for Jeep’s returning conqueror. Katzkin’s show of force on the Gladiator was on full display at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

It’s finally here! Jeep’s first truck in decades!

Essentially a Wrangler with a five-foot bed, the Gladiator rides on a custom body-on-frame that’s longer than the SUVs. The truck also shares drivetrain components with the Wrangler, including the Pentastar V-6 engine. A diesel mill, already available in the Ram 1500, will be offered in 2020. The Gladiator stands out among its competition thanks to its open-air configuration, unique on the market, and impressive payload and towing capabilities.

The Jeep Gladiator is a new pickup truck based on the latest-generation Wrangler. As the first Jeep-badged truck in almost three decades, the Gladiator made its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Originally believed to arrive with the Scrambler name, the pickup truck revives a nameplate first used in the 1960s.

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Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Caught Testing For The First Time

Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Caught Testing For The First Time

It exists! Jeep is testing the Wrangler pickup at last!

After years – no, decades – of waiting, it seems Jeep is finally going to build a pickup version of the Wrangler. Rumors have held true and speculation regarding Jeep CEO Mike Manley’s many hints are seemingly coming to fruition. It’s been 30 years since Jeep last made a pickup version of its Wrangler, then called the CJ, but it seems the wait is coming to an end.

These detailed spy shots show a four-door Wrangler with a pickup bed. The camouflage is extremely thick, but the squared-off doors, flat windshield, seven-slot grille, and removable hard top are all clearly discernable. It seems this test mule is borrowing a Ram 1500 cargo bed, but expect a more unique, Jeep-only bed for production.

It’s clear this test mule is in the early stages of development. Inside the bed appear to be weights, tied down with ratchet straps. This indicates engineers are testing chassis, suspension, and powertrain tuning. Prevalent rumors suggest the Wrangler will have three choices in engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder making roughly 300 horsepower, a revised version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. The ZF eight-speed automatic will be optional each of the engines, with unknown manual transmission likely coming as standard.

The Wrangler pickup will be based on the conventional Wrangler, codenamed the JL. Expect the pickup version to come with an extended frame and wheelbase. We’d bet the Wrangler’s multi-link rear suspension with coil springs is present. After all, Ram has done will with a similar suspension setup. More to the fact, no leaf springs can be seen in these spy shots, despite the massive rear fender opening.

The Wrangler pickup will likely debut after the standard two-door and four-door Wrangler SUV. How much later is still unknown. We’d bed the Wrangler SUV will arrive for the 2018 model year, with the pickup following in 2019.

There’s tons more to discern from these spy shots, so keep reading for more information.

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2016 Jeep Trailstorm Concept

2016 Jeep Trailstorm Concept

The right kind of extras to keep you on the trail

The great expanse of sun-drenched redness that is Moab, Utah, will soon be besieged by every manner of dirt-loving trail junkie the U.S. can muster. That’s because the 50th running of the annual Moab Jeep Safari event kicks off later this month, and to celebrate, FCA has launched seven rough-and-tumble concept vehicles ready to tackle the off-roading paradise. One of those concepts is the Trailstorm, which Jeep calls the “ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring off the beaten path” – quite the claim considering the Wrangler’s impressive off-roading history. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited model, the Trailstorm is equipped with a huge variety of bolt-on goodies plucked straight from the Performance Parts catalog, offering a nice template for anyone looking for a little inspiration when kitting out their own Wrangler.

While the Trailstorm won’t necessarily be the most extreme off-roader at Moab this year, it’s still a great example of what can be done in your garage if you happen to have a yearning to play in the dirt.

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Jeep FC 150 Concept

Jeep FC 150 Concept

Jeep’s classic Forward Control keeps truckin’ with new underpinnings

Jeep’s 1960 FC 150 Concept is what happens when old meets new. Jeep and Mopar engineers decided to pair the FC’s cab and bed with the underpinnings of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ, combining the old-school looks of the FC with 21st century technology.

Why go through all the trouble? Well, for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, of course. This year marks the 50th running of the famed trail for the Jeep Safari club, as well as the 75th anniversary for the Jeep brand. Needless to say, Jeep brass wanted to commemorate the occasion well.

The FC 150 Concept is only one of seven specialized concept vehicles built for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari, continuing a tradition started in 2002 when Jeep began showing off concept vehicles on the desert trail. This year’s event takes place March 19 through 27 in Moab, Utah and is open to pre-registered participants.

For those with good memories, you’ll recall this isn’t the first time a Forward Control has made the Moab concept list. In 2012, Jeep built the Mighty FC Concept based on a Wrangler JK. It was pretty awesome and paid tribute to the original FC – what we see here.

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2016 Jeep Comanche Concept

2016 Jeep Comanche Concept

From crossover to pickup: This Renegade goes Comanche

Jeep’s concept vehicles built for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari keep coming. The automaker built a total of seven concepts, ranging from mild to wild. Certainly on the wilder side is this – the Comanche Concept. Built off the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep and Mopar team worked together to build this one-off rig with parts from Jeep Performance Parts, Mopar, and custom-fabbed pieces.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the Easter Jeep Safari is an annual event held in Moab, Utah by Jeep fans. The club event has seen Jeep bring one-off concepts to the desert trails since 2002. Though Jeep’s involvement is somewhat recent, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary for the Easter Jeep Safari, as well as Jeep’s 75th anniversary. Needless to say, it’s a special year.

The Comanche Concept, along with the other six concept vehicles, will attack Moab’s tough trails during the EJS held March 19 through 27. Afterwards, the vehicles will be used for promotional and other Jeep events over the entire country.

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2016 Jeep Shortcut Concept

2016 Jeep Shortcut Concept

Jeep’s throwback tribute to the CJ-5

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari is nearing its invasion of Moab, Utah and Jeep has certainly made preparations. In fact, the automaker has built seven custom concept vehicles for the annual event. Jeep has been a part of the Easter Jeep Safari, a Jeep club event, for quite a while, having prepared concept vehicles for the trail run since 2002. The Safari itself has been held since 1966, making 2016 its 50th anniversary. It also happens to be Jeep’s 75th anniversary. With so much compiled into one event, Jeep went all-out with this year’s concepts.

One of the seven concept vehicles is this, the Wrangler Shortcut Concept. It’s built as a throwback to honor the classic Jeep CJ-5 that began production in the mid-1950s. it’s called Shortcut for its short wheelbase, body-hugging bumpers, and its ability to navigate tight, winding trails that would otherwise halt a larger vehicle.

The Jeep, along with its six other companion vehicles, were built with by Jeep and FCA’s iconic Mopar brand using Mopar parts, Jeep Performance Parts, and one-off-built parts. Jeep engineers, designers, and fabricators all took part in the concepts’ creations. After their initial trial-by-fire at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, the vehicles will be used for promotional and exhibition purposes, touring the country to car and Jeep shows.

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari takes place in Moab, Utah March 19 through 27. It’s open to anyone in the Jeep-loving public who have pre-registered.

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2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715

2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to the Kaiser M715 never looked so good!

Every year since 2002, Jeep, along with its parts division, Mopar, team up to create one-off concept vehicles ahead of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. This year is no different, with seven amazing concept Jeeps ready to blast Moab’s tough trails with thousands of Jeep enthusiasts trailing behind.

This year is special though; it marks the 50th running of the Jeep Safari. 2016 is also Jeep’s 75th anniversary, having been birthed from the beginnings of World War II. Over the years, several of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts have paid tribute to Jeep’s wartime history. For 2016, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 does the honors.

The Crew Chief 715 is designed to recall the Kaiser M715 U.S. Military truck, which was produced between 1967 and 1969 and based off the Jeep Gladiator pickup. The styling cues are clear, especially in the front. The concept is based off a Wrangler Unlimited, but with a slew of changes from Jeep and Mopar engineers, designers, and fabricators.

Both dealership-available Mopar parts and custom-built prototype pieces were used to construct the Crew Chief. As in the past, Jeep engineers have used these concepts as test beds for new accessories. There’s no telling what parts we could see become available at Jeep dealerships, but chances are high for something seen here to end up in Mopar’s parts catalog.

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari will take place in Moab, Utah March 19 through 27 and is open to the public.

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2016 Jeep Trailcat Concept

2016 Jeep Trailcat Concept

Jeep built the ultimate off-roader for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari

It seems like we just got done with Christmas and Easter is already around the corner. But, that’s okay because that means the Moab Easter Jeep Safari is also right around the corner. The Moab Jeep Safari is an annual event held by the Red Rock 4-wheelers off-road club in Moab, Utah, hosting a fun week of off-roading and all around good fun. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Safari, and it will surely be one to remember. it also marks the 75th anniversary for the Jeep brand. To pay tribute, Jeep is bringing seven different concepts that are sure to tear up the trails.

There is the Crew Chief 715 that pays homage to Jeep military vehicles, the Jeep Shortcut, which is inspired by the CJ-5 and is designed for winding trails, and there’s even a lifted Jeep Trailstorm that has two-inches of lift, 37-inch tires, and Dana 44 axles. The most interesting of all the concepts, however, is this one – the Jeep Trailcat. As you might have guessed from the name, this baby is powered by the same 707-horsepower mill that powers the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

With the announcement of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, immediately Jeep fans started screaming “us too,” and at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed that a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee was in the works. A week after that, Jeep was caught testing that very model on an empty race track. Now, with the Moab Easter Jeep Safari on the horizon, we’ll finally get a chance to see what a Hellcat-powered Jeep can do on the trails.

A lot of work went into making the concept, and in all honesty, it comes off as a custom build that you might expect some off-road fanatic with lots of money to build in his garage. Jeep says the Trailcat is at home on Moab’s most rugged trails, or on a high-speed section – designating it as the perfect all-around off-roader. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Trailcat Concept, which could be one of the best off-road concepts that we’ve seen in quite a while.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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2011 Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence

2011 Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence

Jeep Wrangler is no doubt a very cool car, for those of you who enjoy these kind of cars. But what do you think about a Wrangler pick-up? Sounds even better, don’t you agree? Called JK-8 Independence this specil Wrangler takes its inspiration from the 1980’s, Mopar and features a 50 inches long bed, while the width between wheel wells is 44 inches.

In order to create the pick-up style bed for the outside cargo, the Wrangler has been transformed into a two-seater model, with all the interior parts behind the front seats being removed. The JK-8 Independence has been equipped with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires.

The car is painted in yellow and its design is further distinguished by off-road bumpers for the front and rear, a new fuel door and slush mats. The JK-8 kit also includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: Jeep has announced prices for the 2011 Mopar JK-8 Kit that enables owners to transform their Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup. With only $5,499, the company will dissemble and reassemble your Jeep. Major components of the Mopar JK-8 kit include a steel bed, inner and outer bedsides, sport bar extensions, Freedom panel assemblies, fiberglass hardtop, and bulkhead.

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2005 Jeep Gladiator concept

2005 Jeep Gladiator concept

Jeep brand vehicles are known for being able to conquer terrain that competitors fear and for a heritage steeped in utility. The Jeep Gladiator concept vehicle rides over boundaries and limits in addition to the terrain and obstacles.

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