Jeep has taken the wraps off as many as six new concepts based on the Gladiator bakkie, with the show cars set to star at the upcoming annual Easter Jeep Safari taking place in Moab, Utah, later in April 2019.
The first is the Jeep Wayout, which the firm describes as a “true overlanding vehicle” that boasts a full roof-top tent and custom canopy. The Wayout’s exterior features a new "Gator Green" hue while a custom bed rack (with an integrated ladder) carries the two-sleeper tent. A pair of auxiliary fuel tanks is also included, along with a suspension lift kit, a winch and a snorkel. Power comes from a 3,6-litre Pentastar V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Then there’s the Jeep Flatbill, which the automaker says was “designed with the desert lifestyle in mind”. Jeep says the Motocross culture inspired the vented carbon bonnet and high-clearance flares, while a custom shortened front bumper and skid plate improve the approach angle. With the removal of the tailgate, dedicated wheel ramps have been installed that slide out for easy access and loading of dirt bikes. The concept boasts Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles, plus a suspension lift kit and 20-inch wheels (with 40-inch tyres). Jeep’s 3,6-litre Pentastar V6 engine provides the urge.
And the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter? Well, this concept is billed as a blend of vintage and modern components, and comes complete with a full carbon-fibre front end, a custom-fabricated aluminium load bed, HID headlamps, a heavy duty link/coil suspension system, Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle and a Dynatrac Pro-rock 80 rear axle and 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped with 40-inch rubber. Power is provided by a 6,2-litre supercharged “Hellcrate” V8 engine.
The Jeep J6, meanwhile, is a Rubicon customised in a two-door configuration and finished in Metallic Brilliant Blue paint (a homage to the exterior look of the 1978 Jeep Honcho). The upsized load bed area is guarded by a body-colour spray-in bedliner, while a steel sport bar carries a set of four LED lamps. Prototype 17-inch deep-dish beadlock wheels are shod in 37-inch tyres, while the 3,6-litre engine receives a small performance bump thanks to the fitment of a cold-air intake.
Next we have the Jeep JT Scrambler, which the automaker describes as a “heritage-inspired remix” that tips its hat in the direction of the CJ Scrambler. The load bed gains a spray-in bedliner and a steel sport bar painted white. The concept runs on 17-inch slot wheels (again wrapped in 37-inch rubber), while the obligatory lift kit has also been added. The 3,6-litre gains a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.
Finally, we have the Jeep Gladiator Gravity, which the US manufacturer calls a “ready-to-order expression” of how Jeep Performance Parts can enhance the new bakkie. The concept features a load bed storage system, a suspension lift kit, 17-inch wheels (this time with 35-inch rubber), heavy-gauge steel rock rails, a cold-air intake and a cat-back exhaust system.