Jeep has revealed its new Gladiator Farout concept, which it bills as a “true overlanding vehicle” employing a 3,0-litre EcoDiesel V6 engine.
Originally scheduled to debut at the since-scrapped (thanks COVID-19!) Moab Easter Jeep Safari in April 2020, the new show vehicle follows the Jeep Wayout concept from 2019.
The Farout concept features Jeep’s new V6 oil-burner, which generates 195 kW and a whopping 600 N.m. The turbodiesel unit is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission “calibrated” for low-rev shifts.
So, what sets the Farout concept apart from a standard Gladiator bakkie? Well, the main upgrade is the fitment of a deployable roof-top tent. Measuring nearly five metres long and some 2,2 metres tall, Jeep says the four-sleeper tent opens and retracts “in a matter of seconds”.
The Farout concept is finished in a fresh “Earl” paint colour with chartreuse accents on the bonnet, tailgate tow hooks, springs, badging and shocks. A Jeep Performance Parts 51 mm lift kit, 17-inch matte charcoal wheels, 37-inch mud-terrain tyres, a modified Gladiator Rubicon steel bumper (equipped with a Warn winch), custom front and rear rock rails, an integrated roof-rack system and Fox performance shocks have also been added to the mix.
Inside, you’ll find wood-lined surfaces, soft ambient lighting, a fully functional refrigerator and stove, plus hanging storage racks, built-in seats and table space. Jeep has furthermore opted for dark smoke blue leather with orange stitching and plaid flannel seat inserts.
“Although we didn’t get to celebrate in Moab this year with our latest round of concept vehicles, we’re pleased to introduce the Jeep Farout concept as a vehicle that blends Gladiator EcoDiesel’s fuel efficiency with an area of features fans of overlanding will love,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep Brand for FCA North America.
“Building on the popularity of last year’s Gladiator Wayout concept, and as overlanding continues to grow in popularity, this year’s Farout concept is another opportunity to gather feedback from our passionate customer base.”
At the start of 2020, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa told CARmag.co.za the Gladiator bakkie was “not yet” on the cards for the local market.