As we gear up for the most important auto show of the year, the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we thought it would be fun to look back at a concept vehicle from a few years back, the 2005 Jeep Gladiator.
Paying homage to the original 1962 Jeep Gladiator, the 2005 concept vehicle was designed to represent what a modern Jeep pickup might look like, from its style to its capability. Referred to as the “super utility truck,” the 2005 Gladiator had features familiar to Jeep owners, such as an open-air canvas roof and removable doors to let passengers get even closer to the environment around them.
The Gladiator included the seven-slot grille, a Command-Trac® part-time 4×4 system, front- and rear-locking differentials, a front winch, and full skid plates. In other words, this truck was made to dominate any type of terrain. The expandable pickup-truck bed and storage compartments added new utility to the Gladiator’s capability.
The 2005 Jeep Gladiator caused quite a stir when it debuted as a concept vehicle. What do we have in store for this year? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to the Jeep Blog to find out.