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Posted by whfrat on 2011/2/2 14:04:00 (2599) reads

An article in USAToday is suggesting that a 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept vehicle was recently painted yellow and displayed at the Chrysler Dealer's meeting in Orlando earlier this year. It is suggested that the vehicle was shown as part of a preview of an upcoming Wrangler-based pickup truck.

While there is no confirmation of this, it is clear that the Gladiator was one of the more popular Jeep concept cars of the past few years (anyone remember the Dakar?)

The article also pointed to a Toledo Blade story about the promise of a Jeep-branded pickup as further proof.

What do you think? If there is a Jeep-branded pickup, how will you feel if it looks like the Gladiator?

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Renegade
Posted: 2011/2/5 16:50  Updated: 2011/2/5 16:50
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As an aside, I know that the Panda is lauded for what it can do but it doesn't look like a Jeep, that's for sure. And though that's just a PhotoChop job by someone with time on his hands, we've come to expect just that sort of "Hey, let's put a 7-slotted grille and round headlamps on this thing and call it a Jeep!" thinking.

I'd rather they get back to basics, take a Willys MB out and come up with an updated version. While the specs on an MB or CJ2A aren't exactly that of a Panda, it could provide the platform for a Willys model in a Jeep model if Fiat/Chrysler is set on going that route.

Plus, I've always felt like the Wrangler shouldn't be the only Jeep with a removable top and doors, etc.

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Posted: 2011/2/6 18:51  Updated: 2011/2/6 18:51
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Yes, the Panda is VERY ugly! But I'm with ya on the re-introducation of a flatfender Willys based on the panda platform and the 95 HP turbo diesel. Rubicon ready of course. I'd take it a step further and have the whole line of retro Willys with a baby pickup, a baby hardtop wagon and a stretch version of the flatfender (Limited model). Yes, they'd have to meet crash standards, rollover standards etc, but they would sell a ton of them, you could take them on the narrow trails built for flatfenders, and they would bring the fleet MPG average way up! The rollover standard could be met by having an in cab adjustable ride height mechanism like the new GC. Low and safe on the street, high on the trail. Yet comfortable to drive several hours to the trail. Hopefully you could get a trail worthy version for less than $30K though!!! Spray out the inside with a hose to clean it. I dream too much.

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jgalan
Posted: 2011/2/3 15:13  Updated: 2011/2/3 15:13
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Yes! I emailed Chrysler twice last year on how the 2005 Gladiator Concept should be a production truck. There is still a market for people who don't need a huge truck, just something practical. I will buy a Gladiator over a Tacoma any day. I'm sure I'm not the only Jeep loyal out there.

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Posted: 2011/2/3 14:21  Updated: 2011/2/3 14:21
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... and here is this next Jeep truck! (the grey one)

http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2009/05/04/fiat-dodge-trucks-pickups/

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Posted: 2011/2/3 16:20  Updated: 2011/2/3 16:20
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PS: Here is another Jeep Fiat is working.... i want to be sick!

http://hubpages.com/hub/Revealed-2011-Jeep-Phoenix-Based-On-Fiat-Panda-4x4

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Posted: 2011/2/4 18:24  Updated: 2011/2/4 18:24
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This was simply a photo shop done by an individual not associated with Jeep or Fiat. It says so at the end. BUT there will be an update of the Panda with a version developed by Jeep for this platform. The Fiat Pandas are actually prized for their off road capability and 60 MPG when equiped with the diesel (now 95 HP). There is speculation that the Jeep version might be a sort of mini wrangler or maybe the Jeep Willys concept. I'd like one for my daily driver. But in a recent interview by Car and Driver, Mike Manly said it will be sold in countries outside of North America. I assume they think we don't like small cars, diesel power, or anything that does not look like an egg with 22 inch wagon wheels and little gangsta windows with a 7 liter engine.

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tmedlock
Posted: 2011/2/7 16:03  Updated: 2011/2/7 16:03
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I looked at those pictures and I felt sick at the thought that it could happen. Jeep Management won't build a top end Wrangler Rubicon. But, they might build a bottom end "peoples car". I guess the biggest insult will be that they will say it has Jeep “heritage” as opposed to being a Fiat knockoff!

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Posted: 2011/2/2 21:42  Updated: 2011/2/2 21:42
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Been waiting for a Jeep truck for too long. Whether a JT, Gladiator.

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Posted: 2011/2/2 19:26  Updated: 2011/2/2 19:26
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They should have built it 6 years ago. I'd be elated if it looked like the Gladiator, spare on the side and all. I like the NuKizer concept as well but honestly feel like that should be built as a full-sized vehicle.

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xjgary
Posted: 2011/2/2 20:16  Updated: 2011/2/2 20:16
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Renegade got it exactly right! Build it! I hope to see the turbo diesel as an option, along with heavy duty axles with selectable lockers (or a Rubicon edition).
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