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Concept/DemonstrationJeep Gladiator Pickup Concept in Detroit
Posted by mike on 2005/1/3 0:00:00 (796) reads

Want to take a look at the latest Jeep concept?

As we reported earlier, the Jeep Gladiator Pickup concept vehicle is on display starting January 15th at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

USAToday.com has a recap of what's in store. Here's a snippet:

Despite space constraints at Cobo Center in Detroit and growing competition from other U.S. auto shows, the 2005 North American International Auto Show is poised to break records and enhance its reputation as one of the world's premier automotive events, event organizers said this week.

The 2005 auto show, which opens to the public Jan. 15, is expected to generate $580 million in spending in the Detroit area, up 5% from the $553 million economic windfall from last year's show. More than 800,000 visitors are expected to attend the nine-day event.

"If you're in the auto industry or you care about the auto industry, you'll be at the show in January," said Bill Cook, senior co-chairman of the 2005 show and owner of Cook Imports in Farmington Hills.

Automakers will spend about $350 million to erect elaborate multimedia displays that are feasts of flashing lights and thumping music beats.

The 2005 show will include 65 vehicle introductions, including the Dodge Charger sedan, Ford Fusion sedan, Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport-utility vehicle, Saturn Sky roadster and Mitsubishi Raider pickup.

A number of concept vehicles, such as the Jeep Gladiator, a midsize truck from DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, and a Suzuki midsize SUV, also will be unveiled.

Here's a link to the entire article.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Eddo
Alright, I can't wait to see real pictures of the Jeep. Build one and I will buy.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Cool if they make a crew cab version.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Gary Freeland
I very much like the look of the new Jeep Gladiator. If remember writing to the Chrysler
people over a year ago asking why they didn't build another Jeep type truck. I really liked the 79 model Jeep pick up truck. There answer was be-
cause of all the Dodge trucks was their reason for not building a Jeep truck for market.
I have a 93 Jeep Cherokee and I love it more than some of the newer Jeeps. I hope to buy a new Jeep some time this year. To tell you the truth, I've been hunting for a 79 Jeep Truck, between the price of $15,000 to $25,000. I would have to be rebuild from ground up.. I will not buy any one else's cars or trucks. I'am a Jeep person through and through. I can't wait for the new Gladiator to the public. I would like more info and pictures of this new Jeep pick up truck. I will look no further for any thing else now. OH Yeah, for Jeep!! Hope a full size Jeep Truck comes later on.
Please, if you have any info you could send me I sure would thank you very much. My address will be below.
Gary
Pinson, TN.

Thanks
Gary GO 'Jeep Gladiator'



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Renegade
This, my friends, must be it. Why wouldn't DC make this? Consider from a different angle, we'd generally agree that the Wrangler is the essence of the brand, but it's a special kind of vehicle for a special kind of person. The person who's looking to buy an Explorer isn't going to give the Wrangler a second glance... but they'll buy the Command... er, I mean, '05 Cherokee. The parents whose teenie bopper kid is bugging them for an SUV aren't going to look at a Wrangler, either... but they'll consider the cuddly little Liberty (a big reason I don't see it getting phased out).

Now, let's think for a moment. How many of those damn F150s do we see crowding the streets, parking lots, all jacked-up & dirty from an off-road weekend?? Tons. And their owners aren't looking at any Jeeps currently on the market, either. But DC (a publicly traded company concerned with its bottom line) would love to get their greedy little mits into the pockets of the F150 types. And if the frequency with which I see supersized off-road trucks is any indication, that's a lot of cash to be had. Is the gladiator going to be some hulking mammoth sneering at the F250 or something? Nah, but it'll be a Jeep that looks like a Jeep, smells like a Jeep, rides like a Jeep and appeals to the pickup types... and others, too. Gotta tell ya, nobody hates pickups more that me, but build that Gladiator and I'll cough up the dough!! Makes me want to get an unlimited and slap the spare on the side. I see this one and the Rescue on lots in the very near future.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dak
DC better not just be teasing us like they did with the Dakar concept (and then bringing out the Liberty). I'd definitely get a Gladiator if it does stay true to the show concept. And also, while working in D.C. this past week (Wed am.)I had seen a light khaki UNLIMITED FOUR DOOR with the convertible top. Was hoping someone (ScramblerKen, maybe) might have some input on it. Am hoping it wasn't just someones handywork and maybe DC was getting ready for a car show in the area.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeep fan
Wise move on DC's part to purchase the Scout name as the heritage it conveys should translate into good sales. Perhaps they have learned their lesson having relinquished the iconic Cherokee to oblivion. The Gladiator could potentially fill the needed slot for a smaller pickup now that Toyota has converted the Tacoma to a midsize pu. I hope that DC keeps the six speed manual and diesel option as it translates nicely to the six speed/diesel combination so successful in the Dodge pu.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike
I like the GLADIATOR...The SUT styling would fit right into the Jeep lineup, without interfering with the rest of the DODGE lineup, which was the primary reason the highly successful COMMANCHE pickup was dropped.

As far as being an indicator of the future TK, I think it looks OK too. JEEP would be doing itself a favor by having a 2DR SWB, 2DR LWB, 4DR LWB and 2DR LWB pickup all built off of the same platform.

Many of the JEEP mags that I have read(i.e. 4WD, 4x4, 4WD and SUV, etc)have predicted that the TK will be more evolutionary that revolutionary, keeping things like removable soft-top, fold-down windshield, SFA, removable doors, etc. If anything, 4WHEEL DRIVE and SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE predicted that the LIBERTY would disappear after 2006...Mike's (my) Prediction is that the LIBERTY will be replaced by the 4DR LWB, and I am guessing it will be called LIBERATOR, tha name that has beetn tossed around before.

One more bit...Automobile Magazine also reported that Jeep has secured the rights to the SCOUT name...We have read that before on this site also, but it was the first time is saw it in magazine print.

Jeep made a good move by buying the SCOUT name for the upcoming sub-Wrangler Jeep...the so-called Compass bears a slight resemblance to the never-produced next-gen SCOUT, the SCOUT SSV (Super-Scout-five, or Supplemental-Scout-Vehicle, depending on what literature U read)

Either way, only time will tell if my totally uneducated guesses are right...



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
Gladiator Concept is just a "skunked" up '06/'07 Wrangler TK..It's a HINT of what the "new" Jeep is gonna be..if you squint...just right You can see the Wrangler in 'er...I can't wait to see!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
Can't wait to see that Gladiator concept!
On another note, has anyone heard when or where Camp Jeep is going to be in 2005? Back in VA or are they moving it to somewhere else this year. I would think they would be posting that info real soon on the Jeep web-site so everyone can make their summer vacation plans??

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jon
I agree with everthing but the cancellation of the Liberty. It's a good seller and a Wrangler based 4 door would not be directed at the same market.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jethro
I was also wondering when and where the 2005 camp jeep will be held. Im just hoping they move it back from the east coast to around colorado, its way to far for me to drive to VA from TX.......

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

That is what there saying at Chrysler i.e., the new Wrangler will share the same front end styling as the Gladiator.

As far as the styling, that's great. The Gladiator has a throw-back look; that of the old CJ.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeep fan
This is indeed the truly functional utilitarian approach that made Jeep famous -- poseurs need not apply. The Gladiator could potentially fill the needed slot for a smaller pickup now that Toyota has converted the Tacoma to a midsize pu; this is especially appealing for those of us that need a vehicle that can manuever is tight quarters. I would hope that DC keeps the utilitarian six speed manual and diesel option as it translates nicely to the six speed/diesel combination so successful in the Dodge pu.
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