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Orlando truck: Jeep Gladiator

by David Zatz on

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The truck driven onto the stage at the Orlando was the 2005 Jeep Gladiator, which was reviewed some years ago by Allpar. It had the box side-mounted spare of historic models, an open-air canvas top, an expandable truck bed, and a stowaway rear seat cushion. The actual concept car has a 2.8 liter VM engine, and a mostly standard Wrangler dashboard. Like the Chevrolet Avalanche, the Gladiator includes a midgate to make use of interior space when loads longer than 5 feet, 8 inches are needed.

The design was credited to Mark Moushegian and Steve Ferrerio. In 2005, we wrote it was likely a “first try at getting the dimensions and shape of the next-generation [2006] Wrangler.” The truck had nearly two feet of ground clearance.

David ZatzDavid Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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