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I really do hope they go through with it and make a Rubicon Edition. Would be an awesome truck that could actually go off road and looks like would be fun to drive
 

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Who will be the first to get one? Will it be a new member or someone who's been on ROF for awhile?

I like it. Not a fan of the current motor though. It has me thinking, who's dealer connected on here?
 

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As with all good things, Jeep should stick to building traditional Jeeps, even drop a few lines(i.e. Patriot & Compass). Over the years we've seen all kinds of manufacturers build different models only to find out it doesn't meet what traditionalist are looking for in a model swap. Take Toyota and Nissan for example, their trucks were never considered real trucks until Toyota finally built the Tacoma and now Tundra platform (which has been highly successful). Nissan and Honda should give up on the Frontier and Ridgeline.

So is the Gladiator based off the Dakota or Jeep platform? We all know our Jeeps are not tow rated for anything more than a 6x8 trailer to haul the lawn mower around the neighborhood so to pick up a few lawns in the summer. If it's based off the Jeep platform, would it be tow rated enough to do more? If so, enough to haul another Jeep? I doubt it. Looks to me Jeep sees, as did Toyota, Nissan and Honda, they are missing sales in the truck arena and want in on the action.

I'm not dogging any platform, more concerned about Jeep getting into something that is going to hurt the Jeep brand and/or bring her to her knees.
 

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rubitx said:
As with all good things, Jeep should stick to building traditional Jeeps, even drop a few lines(i.e. Patriot & Compass).
I have to agree. This is hardly useful as a truck.
 

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rubitx said:
So is the Gladiator based off the Dakota or Jeep platform? We all know our Jeeps are not tow rated for anything more than a 6x8 trailer to haul the lawn mower around the neighborhood so to pick up a few lawns in the summer. If it's based off the Jeep platform, would it be tow rated enough to do more? If so, enough to haul another Jeep? I doubt it. Looks to me Jeep sees, as did Toyota, Nissan and Honda, they are missing sales in the truck arena and want in on the action.

I'm not dogging any platform, more concerned about Jeep getting into something that is going to hurt the Jeep brand and/or bring her to her knees.
The Gladiator is based off the JK Unlimited platform. Which makes it more of a Jeep truck that if based on the Dakota platform. I think the Gladiator (over the JT) is more practical to sell. Its more versatile, has an extended cab and has been around for so long that I'm sure they've toyed around with it more. As far as it being tow rated to tow a Jeep and all....I dont think they're trying to hit that market. These 2 examples were built for the DIYer who makes runs to HD/Lowe's/etc and uses it has a DD. Its not a towing monster with a V8. This is hitting the Ranger/S10/Frontier market for sure.

I think the Gladiator with a 2.5" lift and 35's would look mean and be a true off-road truck (How many people really wheel their lifted F250's?) and easily have DD capabilities.
 

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I like the idea of the gladiator. always have. BUT I have to agree that it needs to be usable as a p/u and tow more than a current wrangler. to me right of the bat that means it needs leaf springs in the rear. ala J8
 

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I'll be ordering one.. :D
 

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I like the idea of the gladiator. always have. BUT I have to agree that it needs to be usable as a p/u and tow more than a current wrangler. to me right of the bat that means it needs leaf springs in the rear. ala J8
Not necessarily, the Ram, Tahoe and Suburban all have coils.
 

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Dayum, can't find any solid info. It looks like it will have 22 extra inches in the wheel base. Would this be over the unlimited or the 2 dr? They are saying it will have a 4x8 box. Is this the inside measurement? There is a Euro diesel that can meet our EPA rules that was mentioned but I can't find any solid info.

If it is 22" longer would this mean more towing capacity? If this thing will tow by boat safely then I am interested.

I like the backseat area and really like the softtop ideal. What I don't like is the mini van engine and not real keen on the drop down door to expand the bed. The chev avalance IMO is just too much. They are saying with the tailgate and rear door open we can haul 11ft.

If this thing won't haul some plywood and 2x4's or pull the boat then I see no use having it unless I consider it a toy.
 

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I like the talk of 30 mpg in the first article :D It would make a great light duty farm truck.
 
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