Digital Artist Creates The Jeep® Gladiator Enthusiasts Have Been Dreaming Of!

The Pickup Jeep Should Of, Could Of Built...

Over the past decade, Jeep® teased us with a number of Wrangler-based Regular Cab pickup concept trucks. But when the American adventure brand introduced its Gladiator (JT) pickup in 2020, many were disappointed to find out that only a Crew Cab model would be offered. But it hasn’t stopped the creative from dreaming “BIG”! 

Two-Door Jeep® Gladiator Pickup Design. (abimelecdesign).

Back in May 2019, we got a chance to visit the America’s Most Wanted 4×4 (AMW4x4) shop in Holly, Michigan to watch the first-ever two-door Gladiator be built for the Dynatrac team. The particular truck was built into a HELLCAT-powered Overlanding concept called “CODEX”. The truck went on to be displayed at a number of events, showcasing the latest Dynatrac parts.

Two-Door Jeep® Gladiator Pickup Design. (abimelecdesign).

But while some have come to the realization that Jeep won’t be building such a vehicle (at least any time soon), we were treated recently with an amazing design done by one of our favorite digital creators Abimelec Arellano (@abimelecdesign).

“The Jeep Gladiator is fantastic, but a single-cab version would make it incredible. This was a commission made for @freshazf_jt and his beautiful Hydro-blue Jeep Gladiator (definitely one of the coolest Jeep colors). The goal was to have Comanche-like proportions, and massive tires, while retaining a natural look. The bed was extended, and the cab cut just right after the front doors, but leaving enough pillar for a storage space behind the seats.

I think this would be a really nice off-road and occasional work rig. What do you think? 😎 👊” – Abimelec Arellano

Two-Door Jeep® Gladiator Pickup Design. (abimelecdesign).

Overall, the design looks fantastic. It reminds us of a more production-ready Jeep J6 Concept from the 2019 model year. For those who don’t remember, the J6 was based on a Wrangler Rubicon two-door model and maximized cargo space with a large, 6-foot functional bed (box) area that was a full foot longer than the standard Gladiator bed.

Two-Door Jeep® Gladiator Pickup Design. (abimelecdesign).

Unfortunately, the demand for such a vehicle doesn’t justify its cost to produce. But we still hope there is an aftermarket option to continue to build such cool vehicles that make a majority of us jealous.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Honestly, I think that the way that this truck was made is a good start, but the truth is that, if anything, the Jeep Comanche was essentially a truck that was, at least in its later years, anyway, built upon the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee platform, and, as such, I would argue that it should look more like those vehicles instead. However, the most recent models of the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee are ugly, so I would actually posit this alternate design decision suggestion instead. I would make it a blend of the old school Jeep Gladiator, which was an even bigger pick up truck that was based upon the original Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, then combine that rear end of the vehicle with the Third Generation Dodge Ram, i.e., the 1994 to 2002 (or so) trucks, but having the tail light and rear blinker designs be based upon a more modern update to the original Jeep Gladiator, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer, and take a cue from the old school Jeep Gladiator truck, or, gasp, the old Ford F Series pick up trucks, and their Mercury (Canada) counterparts in their M Series pick up trucks, and have the sloping front end, and then kind of make a face of a. the classic Jeep Gladiator, b. the 1980s/1990s Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee/Comanche, or c. the 2010s Jeep Commander. Moreover, it would also be relatively easy to be fitting it into the sloped forward look of the original Jeep Gladiator, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer vehicles, and the old Ford F Series and Mercury (Canada) M Series pick up trucks, regardless of which design choice was made. The harsh truth that no one wants to hear is that doing the Jeep Gladiator like that honestly would have been a far better move than with either the official, and to be honest, lazy, uninspired, rote, unoriginal, bland, boring, and safe Jeep Wrangler with a truck bed route (which, to be honest, should be called a Jeep Scrambler instead), or the artist rendition that is shown in this article. Yes, basing the truck on a Dodge Ram chassis would be kind of predictable as well, but at least it is a far better design decision than what we have now, let alone with this artist rendition, and/or idea for a legitimate real life custom/aftermarket conversion for the modern Jeep Gladiator.

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