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”!
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.
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
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.
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.