• Sep 17th 2010 at 11:28AM
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2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Adding fuel to the rumormill fire that Jeep is keen to introduce a small pickup based on its ever-popular Wrangler platform is a new report from our reliable friends from PickupTrucks.com that the project has been given the green light. The news comes just after we heard that just such a machine was shown to dealers with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge-style display.

According to PickupTruck.com's sources, the light-duty hauler would debut in 2012 with a design heavily based on the Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005. To get the necessary length, Jeep is said to be utilizing the four-door Wrangler Unlimited chassis with the deletion of the two aft doors and the addition of a short truck bed.

Here's hoping the final design, if it indeed reaches production, retains the external spare wheel and tire. While we're wishing, we'll cast a vote towards a removable hardtop as well. Regardless, this is one of those cases where we feel pretty confident in saying, If you build it, they will come buy.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a compact pickup is a great idea for Jeep since no one else is selling one here.

      I think it's a mistake to base it on the Wrangler though.

      Tonka toys look cool and all, but most people need a compact truck to be affordable, efficient, and practical. The wrangler is none of the above.

      I think it should be based on the Patriot's platform, and bring a diesel of course.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, still no diesel. F you Jeep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. But can they make it affordable? Most mid size trucks now, cost as much as a full size. The Jeep Wrangler has been priced to high for what it is and buyers are bypassing it for something they feel is more of a value for their hard earned money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeep has already done the pickup thing ,a huge failure ! they need to rethink this.....this truck will be useless for any purpose....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel and a doggy door. Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care for the look of it as is but it will sell and I get it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Jeep pickup will only come true as long as Dodge/Ram stops interfering. The reason the Jeep J-Series and Commanche died and why all attempts at a Jeep pickup failed were because Dodge declared it was the only Chrysler unit that should sell them. Let's hope Marchionne tells Dodge to shut up and stay out of the way this time-something his predecessors since Iacocca forward didn't have the backbone to do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think he already has by take the Dodge name off the truck and calling them RAM. I thunk the Dodge name should stay on the truck.
        It was sad to see the Comanche get axed in favor of the Dakota. The Dakota was a nice truck but whats the point when the full size truck had the same mileage?
        This is the product Jeep needed for a long time. We the truck buying customer will finally have a choice thats a bit different than your run of the mill pickup style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice. Would like to downsize from my current full size p/u to something smaller. Current midsize pickups just don't do anything for me as they are just a slightly smaller version of their big brothers or are crappy designs. This looks like the right size and more unique. I always liked the Comanche and am drawn to it whenever I see one on the road which is rare.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I take my Wrangler out to the sticks about once or twice a week. Never have seen a hummer out there yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Gladiator concept is a W I N N E R!
      Repeat for high volume success.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i will buy one
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