Jeep has finally pulled the wraps off of the Gladiator pickup truck, and it’s one of the most hotly anticipated trucks in recent history, which is saying a lot. Jeep pickups have been going in and out of style the whole time Jeep has been around, with the most recent production model being the Comanche that was based on the XJ Cherokee. Now we have what is basically a Wrangler with a bed on the way, which is exactly what Jeep enthusiasts wanted from a Jeep pickup truck.
But in my eyes, there’s one big problem with the Jeep Gladiator: it’s only available with a 4-door configuration. I was just talking about how the single-cab pickup truck is dying, and the Gladiator further confirms that. Despite the continued availability of the 2-door Wrangler, Jeep won’t sell you a 2-door Gladiator.
If any other brand were to introduce a new midsize pickup that’s only available with four doors, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But Jeep is special, because the Wrangler has the distinction of being the only 2-door SUV that is actually successful. The 2-door Wrangler lives — so why can’t we get a Gladiator with just two doors?
Yes, I know the overwhelming majority of Wranglers that Jeep sells today have four doors. They sell so many 4-door Wranglers that they’re downplaying the Wrangler "Unlimited" moniker. It’s gotten to the point that there are some trims like the Sahara that you can’t even get with two doors anymore.
Another issue I have with the Jeep Gladiator is its absurd length. On paper, it’s not that much longer than its competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma, but because of its very Jeepy straight-line design, this thing just looks obscenely long for being a "midsize" pickup. You can get a Ford F-150 that doesn’t stretch out as long as this thing. I think its whole design would just make more sense with a single cab.
It’s not hard to see why the 4-door configuration is the only one available for the new Jeep Gladiator. A 2-door Gladiator would have a very low take rate, but to me that doesn’t make it any less of a bummer that it’s not even an option. I had no plans of buying one either way, so my opinion doesn’t matter, but if you’re one of the only SUV brands that can get away with a two-door, why not take advantage of it?