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6 Jeep Gladiator-Inspired Concepts Revealed at the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari

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author photo by Chris O'Neill May 2019

Every year at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in the Utah desert, the Jeep brand introduces concept vehicles that show the very best of what the brand's design and accessories teams can put together. This year was no different, and in honor of the new Jeep Gladiator, the brand chose to focus entirely on pickups, introducing six unique concepts, all of which offer practical pickup beds.

Flatbill

Flatbill

If it isn't obvious from the pair of KTM dirt bikes secured in the bed, the Flatbill is a motocross-themed concept, meant to emphasize the Gladiator's capabilities with regard to transporting motorcycles to and from the track or the backcountry. Staring with a Gladiator Rubicon, the Jeep team swapped in heavy-duty Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles paired with an Off-Road Evolution custom 4-in lift kit, which allows the Flatbill to be fitted with massive 40-in mud terrain tires.

The Flatbill also has a custom hood with ventilation around the "Rubicon" wordmark along the side and on top via a custom hood scoop. The fenders have also been raised to be taller than what you'll find on a basic Rubicon, and ventilation holes added for a simplified, minimalist look. Inside, the Flatbill has seating inserts made from repurposed motocross jackets. The carpeting has been removed and replaced with a custom spray-in bedliner material also used in the bed and matching the bright green used on the exterior.

Speaking of the bed, the Flatbill's tailgate has been removed to accommodate custom motorcycle holders, while a sleek looking roll bar and bed lighting have been added.

The Flatbill's piece de resistance is a flat-brimmed hat perched atop the dashboard, a subtle, hilarious reference to the motocross community's preferred headwear, which served as inspiration for the concept's name. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter

The Five-Quarter started life as a run down old M-715 military spec that the Jeep design team bought off of Craigslist. They proceeded to chop the windshield, lower the roof, and replace much of the front end with custom carbon fiber bodywork. A custom 6-foot aluminum bed was added with waterjet-cut openings throughout along with wood floor inserts. Like the Flatbill, the Five-Quarter has a Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle up front, and an even beefier Dynatrac Pro-rock 80 in the rear, and rides on 20-in wheels wrapped in 40-in tires. Massive off-road shock absorbers support all four wheels.

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter

Inside, the Five-Quarter has fully-bedlined bright green floors and Wrangler seats, sans headrests. The automatic transmission lever and transfer case knob is housed in a re-purposed supercharger case. The Five-Quarter's dashboard is comprised of water-jetted aluminum components for a premium, show-car appearance.

Under the hood is a monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged "Hell-Crate" V8 putting out over 700 horsepower -- the same engine you'll find in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Gladiator Gravity

Gladiator Gravity

The Gladiator Gravity concept is an example of the Gladiator one could build if they went on a shopping spree through the Mopar parts catalog. Built in a rock-climbing theme, the Gravity has a Mopar in-bed drawer system along with a cargo basket mounted upon crossbars running the width of the bed.

As for the suspension, the Gravity is fitted with a 2-in Jeep Performance Parts lift kit and 17-in wheels wrapped in 35-in tires. The Gravity also wore heavier-duty rock rails, a black Mopar grille, 7-in LED lights mounted to the bumper and 5-in LEDs affixed to the A-pillars.

The Gravity also has a cold air intake and a cat-back exhaust system. All-weather floor mats, Mopar grab handles, a MOLLE storage system and Katzkin leather seats rounded out the interior.

Jeep also presented the Gravity with the factory doors replaced by Mopar tube doors, the roof fully removed and a minimalist canopy top in its place, and the windshield folded down for a fully open air experience. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Wayout

Wayout

Overlanding is the idea of vehicle-reliant travel where owners of 4x4s build their vehicles to support them during camping and long-distance off-road adventures, and the Wayout may just be the coolest overlanding vehicle there is.

Like three of the other concepts at this year's Easter Jeep Safari, the Wayout started life as a Gladiator Rubicon. The Jeep design team then added a variety of cool features to make it even more overland ready. Function is the main theme here, and the Wayout came complete with mesh guards over its headlights and auxiliary spotlights, a Warn winch, a custom bull bar, and one of its more easily overlooked traits -- a European spec hood, which is slightly taller than the U.S. model and made of steel rather than aluminum. On one side of the hood is an accessory snorkel, while on the other side is an access point for the vehicle's on-board air compressor, used for airing up the tires after off-roading.

Wayout

The Wayout has metal steps welded to its rock rails on all four corners of the bed, making it easier to access the bed and roof, where Jeep added rails for additional storage. The Wayout's top also has a custom paint job, taking it from black plastic to a more safari-appropriate tan. There's also a 2-in lift with 37-in mud-terrain tires wrapped around steel wheels.

Like the Gravity, the Wayout comes with the Mopar drawer system in the bed. One side is reserved for gear, while the other has been converted into a bar, with a built-in air-driven blender powered by the Wayout's on-board air system. It also has a custom bed rack, upon which Jeep mounted a custom painted hard-shell roof-top tent that had been fully decked out inside by an interior designer. Finally, on either side of the bed, the Wayout has custom fuel canisters mounted into cutouts, leaving them easily accessible while also being fully flush with the side of the bed. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

J6

J6

The J6 is the real head-turner out of this year's batch of concepts, as it teases what many enthusiasts are clamoring for: a single-cab, long bed version of the Gladiator. While it's prospects for production are slim, the J6 shown in Moab is quite the looker, with excellent proportions, 37-in tires, and a retro-styled bed-mounted light bar and spare tire combo. Jeep also went to the trouble of replacing all of the regular Jeep badges with custom, retro-styled badges, giving the vehicle an even stronger vintage aesthetic.

J6 profile

While you may think of it as a shortened Jeep Gladiator, the J6 actually started life as a Wrangler Unlimited, and the vehicles' wheelbases are identical. Jeep's team opted to lop off the body aft of the B-pillars and replace it with a 6-foot bed made of three donor Gladiator beds that were chopped up and welded back together. To round everything out, the J6 has a prototype body-colored spray in bedliner. Altogether, this is one cool truck that had just about everyone who saw it begging for a production version. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

JT Scrambler

JT Scrambler

Rounding out the concepts debuted at the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari is the JT Scrambler, which is a reference to the old 1980s-era Jeep CJ8 Scrambler and combines a throwback paint scheme with Mopar accessories. The Scrambler's most notable add-ons are likely its stripes, which mimic those of the old CJ8 and use two different modern Jeep factory colors: Punk'N Metallic Orange and Nacho.

Like the Wayout, the Scrambler also has a custom brown painted hard top, not to mention accessory 17-in wheels painted in another unique, vintage goldish-orange color the Jeep team referred to as "Gorange." In the bed is a prototype roll bar that extends the length of the bed and is adorned with auxiliary lights bright enough to light up any dark, moonless night. Rounding out the Scrambler's exterior is a variety of additional Mopar accessories, including a 2-in lift kit, heavier-duty rock rails than you get with a stock Rubicon, driving lights, and a subtle bull bar.

On the inside, the Scrambler's seats are adorned in vintage-inspired Katzkin brown leather, as are the dash panel and arm rests. Under the hood is a Mopar cold-air intake, while around back is a cat-back exhaust. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

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