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.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.
Not necessarily, the Ram, Tahoe and Suburban all have coils.MPETE said: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