Here’s a POV of All the Gladiator Concepts Coming to Easter Jeep Safari
Focus on Jeep pickups has led to some awesome concept vehicles, including a classic military vehicle with Hellcat power.
The 53rd Annual Easter Jeep Safari will begin on April 13 in Moab, Utah and when it does, attendees will get to check out a spread of trucks modified by Mopar and the Jeep team. Mopar and Jeep work together to create unique concept vehicles for Moab every year and there is usually at least one truck in the group, but with the debut of the new Gladiator, all six of this year’s concept vehicles are pickups.
These trucks will all make their public debut in a few days, but FCA recently had a small media preview and I was on the guest list, so I got to check these wicked machines out in person. Today, we bring you a closer look at each of the Mopar-modified Jeep pickups headed to Moab.
The Jeep Flatbill was designed to appeal to someone who lives the motocross lifestyle, with the name coming from the flat-billed hats that many riders wear.
This Gladiator features a host of upgrades that someone who spends lots of time on a dirt bike might add to their own midsized pickup, including huge wheels and tires, a custom suspension setup, flashy graphics that match the colors of their bikes and a carrier system that holds two motorcycles.
This Jeep also has a custom vented carbon fiber hood and a handful of other bodywork that gives the truck a unique look while also making it more off-road-capable.
This includes Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles, an Off-Road Evolution four-inch lift kit and 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in 40-inch rubber.
Next up, the Gladiator Gravity was designed to showcase a huge assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts that are available or will soon be available for the new Jeep pickup.
The team started with a Gladiator Rubicon in Punk’N Metallic Orange, adding a bed rail system, an in-bed cargo system, tubular doors, a mesh “sunbonnet”, windshield tie-downs, a two-inch lift kit, 17-inch wheels, rock rails, a collection of LED exterior lights, a cold air intake, a cat-back exhaust system and a Katzkin leather interior package.
There are other small items, but in the long run, this Jeep shows what a new Gladiator owner can do by ordering just about everything that Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar offer for the new truck.
The Jeep Scrambler is simple, but I love it. Anyone who was into Hot Wheels as a kid surely remembers playing with a toy truck that looked a great deal like this one, right down to the awesomely-‘80s paint scheme.
Like the Gravity, the Scrambler has a long list of upgrades from Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar, including things like a cold air intake, a cat-back exhaust system, LED exterior lights, a two-inch lift kit, 17-inch wheels and a bolt-on brush guard, but the main attraction with this truck is the one-off bed bar.
This steel bar looks just like something that we would have seen on a small off-road truck in the 1980s, with a rollover protection bar extending above the rear of the cabin, flowing down along the tops of the bedsides.
This piece looks incredible and if Jeep Performance Parts introduces this in their catalog, I am certain that it will be popular with owners of the new midsized truck.