Get Familiar With the Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck

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Jeep Gladiator Truck Highlights

Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck
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Jeep revealed its Gladiator concept truck at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005, and if some form of the truck is actually produced, it should satisfy most Jeep truck fans who have been waiting for a new Jeep pickup.

The Gladiator concept truck has an open-air canvas roof, removable doors and a fold-down windshield, all features that allow its occupants to feel in touch with the outdoors. An expandable bed and extra storage compartments enhance the Gladiator's cargo carrying abilities.

The Gladiator truck is powered by a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 163 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission and a part-time transfer case round out that system.

The truck's front and rear suspension are both multi-link designs, and coil over shocks are used at all four corners. The rear has dual, concentric springs and the Gladiator has a 1,500-pound payload.

The Gladiator's ground clearance is 13.7 inches, with a break-over angle of 23.2 degrees, an approach angle of 47.6 and departure angle of 38.0 degrees. Front and rear tires measure 34 inches and are mounted on 18x8 inch wheels.

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Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck Interior

Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck
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The interior of the Jeep Gladiator truck is Armour Green with Dark Slate Gray accents. Seats are weatherproof and the interior can be hosed out for easy maintenance.

The truck is equipped with GPS, a navigation system, and a communications system.

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Jeep Gladiator Truck's Expandable Bed

Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck
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The Gladiator concept truck's bed is 4-feet wide. It can be lengthened from the standard 5'8" to 6'8" when the midgate is expanded, and to 8'11" with the midgate expanded and the tailgate down.

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Extra Storage in the Jeep Gladiator Truck

Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck
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The Jeep Gladiator truck has a driver-side cabin-storage access panel and a lockable storage panel in front of the rear wheel, shown above.

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Jeep Gladiator Truck Interior Side View

Jeep Gladiator Concept Truck
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This doors-open photograph gives you an excellent preview of the Jeep Gladiator's interior layout.