Gladiator Concepts to Descend on Moab for Easter Jeep Safari

April 08, 2019 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will introduce several concept vehicles based on its 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The extreme trucks are designed to show off the Gladiator’s potential for off-road adventure.

Jeep partnered with Mopar, the aftermarket arm of FCA, to outfit and build the vehicles. Mopar developed more than 200 parts and accessories for the Gladiator ahead of its launch in May.

Six Gladiators are heading to Moab, ranging from the ultimate overlander, the Jeep Wayout, to a retro-themed appearance package called the JT Scrambler. The vehicles showcase the array of Mopar parts available to customers as well as some accessories that could make it to production in the future.

“Customization is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts,” said Steve Beahm, head of parts and service for Mopar North America.

Easter Jeep Safari attracts thousands of off-road enthusiasts annually to celebrate the Jeep brand and its heritage. FCA typically brings extreme versions of its off-road vehicles to excite the crowds.

The Wayout concept capitalizes on the rise of overlanding, or off-roading in 4×4 vehicles over long distances. It is equipped with a canopy and rooftop tent on a custom bed rack. The Wayout also features auxiliary fuel tanks, on-board air supply, a winch and 37-inch mud terrain tires.

Flatbill Jeep Gladiator concept

The Gladiator Flatbill is geared to dirt biking, accommodating dirt bikes with ease and including wheel-out ramps for easy loading and unloading. (Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

Another extreme version of the Gladiator is called the Flatbill. Dedicated to dirt biking, the Flatbill has a removed tailgate to better accommodate motorcycles and slide-out wheel ramps for easy loading and unloading. The truck features a 4-inch suspension lift and, for the first time on a Gladiator, 40-inch tires.

Jeep and Mopar also dipped into the past for two custom Gladiators. The M-715 Five-Quarter is a resto-mod with a carbon fiber front end, aluminum pickup bed and chopped soft-top. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 700 horsepower. The JT Scrambler is another heritage design inspired by the Jeep CJ8 Scrambler truck from the 1980s. It boasts eye-catching body stripes and six forward-facing LED lights to point the way ahead.

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The Jeep J6 concept turns the Gladiator into a two-door single cab and lengthens the bed by 6 inches. The tire carrier is a prototype that can hold up to a 37-inch tire. The Gladiator Gravity pays tribute to rock climbing with steel tube doors, a lockable drawer system in the bed and cross bars holding a cargo carrier to haul ropes, helmets and other gear.

The Easter Jeep Safari takes place April 13-21.

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