• Jun 21, 2010
2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

All hail the Jeep Comanche? Well, not exactly. But the old XJ-based single cab pickup certainly has something of a loyal fan base. The same can be said of every other pickup truck the Toledo-based off-road specialists have ever created, including the classic CJ-8 Scrambler. And the darn-near-perfect-in-every-way Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005 got nothing but rave reviews from everyone who saw it at the Detroit Auto Show.

So, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that our friends at PickupTrucks.com are reporting that Jeep is once again considering entering the pickup truck market. Apparently, newly minted Jeep CEO Mike Manley has his eyes on the segment globally and believes that the concept of a Jeep pick 'em-up-truck has some profitable legs.

Considering that the Ford Ranger continues to sell in reasonably decent numbers despite not seeing any real updates since the Jurassic period and that the Mahindra pickup has generated a good bit of interest before even hitting the American scene, we have to wonder if there may be some pent-up demand for a small, capable pickup in America. In any case, don't expect any sort of official comment from Jeep... but feel free to keep your fingers crossed.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is the right time to offer a small truck with aesthetics of the Gladiator concept. Entry price sub 20k for a 2wd, gas engine, no power window/ power seat/ power moonroof version and move up as you add options. Also make a diesel version available.
      susan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Super cute!!!!

      Although no matter how you stack it....a JEEP is only A JEEP if you can remove the entire roof and doors....Wranglers "all the way" baby!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be cool with the Wrangler's removable tops and a rear window that slid down. Oh and move that tire please. Thanks
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. I'd consider owning one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      call it Comanche and i'm sold
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Wrangler-based pickup would be awesome. A small truck with legitimate offroad capability and a simple, rugged drivetrain. All they need to do is get rid of that V6 dog of an engine that's in there now. Better yet, put a diesel engine in there - it's not like Wranglers were meant to go fast anyway. It probably wouldn't make a great daily driver but as a runabout for DIY projects and camping trips I think it would do great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I freaking hate trucks and I love this jeep truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WINNER! BUILD IT it will sell! Keep the price down & I'm in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simple consideration for Jeep: build the Gladiator. Please.

      I'll buy it the first day it's out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love it if Jeep came out with a new Comanche. The originals were small, inexpensive workhorses. I've been on the lookout for a 90's Comanche...unfortunately the ones I have been able to find for sale have been very well used/abused. A new version (along the same concept as the original, but modernized) would be downright awesome. I'd sign up for one right away!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a doggie door right behind the driver's door? ?
      killerdoc
      • 4 Years Ago
      YOU FOLKS GOT IT ALL WRONG, BUT YOUR DATA IS CORRECT AND YOU ALL MAKE A POINT. HOWEVER , THERE IS A MARKET FOR THOSE, LIKE MYSELF, WHO ENJOY A TRUCK. I DONT NEED A TRUCK AND WONT EVER HAUL MUCH. I HAD A RANGER , FULL AUTO AND AIR . I ALSO HAD A DODGE BABY RAM, MADE BY MITSUBISHI. I LOVED BOTH OF THEM. SO IF YOU JUST LIKE A TRUCK I THINK THE NEW JEEP WILL DO JUST FINE. NOW, GET BACK TO QUOTING MPH AND TOW STATS. YIPPY YO KI YEA
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