The Gladiator, Jeep’s four-door, open-air pickup, has been on showroom floors since April 4. Jeep fans everywhere have barely had time to catch their breath, and Jeep is already unveiling some of the possibilities that could be done when customising this new vehicle.
The Wayout concept capitalises on the Gladiator’s off-road capability while also showcasing its towing capacity.
Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice is the military style 17-inch steel wheels, which Jeep chose to shod in 37-inch all-terrain tyres. To accommodate those big feet, the Gladiator needed a two-inch lift. The bed is filled out with a custom rack that includes a built-in ladder as well as a rooftop tent that can fit two.
An awning with amber LED lighting unfolds when you’ve reached your basecamp. In the bed itself, you’ll find two additional fuel tanks for those extra-long hauls. For fording water obstacles, the Wayout comes with a snorkel. When you’re way out in the hinterlands, you just might be grateful for the onboard air system, as well as the 12,000-pound warn winch.
Jeep stuck with the 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engine, which powers the Gladiator with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels. The engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The payload capacity of 1,600 pounds doesn’t appear to have changed. Most of the parts were put together courtesy of Jeep’s equipment sub-brand, Mopar.