Back in April of this year, the Jeep® brand unveiled five new concept vehicles for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Every year, both Jeep and the Mopar brands bring their newest and craziest concept to Moab to test feedback from the public and to show off its current and conceptual parts catalogs.
Among the concepts this year, one that got a lot of praise was the Jeep Bob Concept. The Bob Concept was designed to blur the lines between the Wrangler (JL) and the Gladiator (JT) and used the popular trend of “bobbing” the long overhangs of pickup truck beds to make it the ultimate terrain tackler.
We had a chance to get an up-close look at this cool concept at the annual “Wild Wheels at Work” event at the Stellantis North American Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, at the end of July.
Based on a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the most noticeable traits of this truck are not what’s on it, but rather what’s missing. All four doors and B-pillars have been removed for the ultimate open-air freedom. Additionally, a customized hardtop has been perforated and a canvas top has been stretched over top to provide shelter from the elements while allowing natural light through.
The Gladiator bed has been “bobbed” a full foot of length. Custom steel front and rear bumpers improve the vehicle’s approach and departure angles and are built to withstand all the rigors of off-road use while maintaining a stylish and sophisticated appearance. Inspired by the off-road performance world, high clearance flares make room for the larger rolling stock.
Off-road capability is further amplified by a 3-inch lift with custom off-road suspension components, Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 axles supported by a mix of King Coils and Bypass shocks, plus massive 40-inch tires are mounted to 20-inch Beadlock wheels that, all combined, provide ultimate four-wheeling confidence.
The multi-finish exterior paint scheme mixes gloss and matte finishes for added flair and texture. Inside, bright bed-lined floors plus custom trimmed seats create a fun and sporty environment. A vented carbon hood adds a notable performance appearance and ensures better airflow to the engine.
The Bob Concept is powered by the award-winning, turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel V6 connects to a TorqueFlite 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and to easily maneuver rigorous ground. It’s also equipped with a Mopar cold-air intake to further boost torque and improve fuel economy.
So what do you think of the Jeep Bob Concept? Leave us your comments below or in the MoparInsiders forums.
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