Jeep takes Gladiator concepts on Safari

New Galdiator pickup provides the canvas for six artistic customizations

Published: April 9, 2019, 6:10 PM
Updated: October 11, 2021, 10:27 AM

Jeep Flatbill

The off-roading universe is all gaga over the new Jeep Gladiator, so it’s only fitting that when Jeep prepared the usual roster of modified vehicles for its annual Easter event (this is the 53rd) in Moab, Utah, that the Gladiator featured prominently in the customizations.

Jeep Wayout

As you’d expect from Wayout, the truck is meant to far off the beaten path, utilizing Gladiator’s best-in-class payload by fitting in a full roof tent on a bed canopy. Other accessories play into that — 37-inch mud-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels to get you where you want to go, body-armoured exterior because you never know what you’ll come across, snorkel to help you get across water that may be deeper than you know, winch to get you out of what you might get into, LED task lighting to allow setting up camp after the sun goes down, and custom bed rack with integrated ladder to make easy work of settling in for the night.

And to carry equipment, there an integrated cabin roof rack and a bed drawer to keep provisions sheltered. The interior is easy-clean with bed-liner floors and leather seats.

Jeep Flatbill

Flatbill goes to a different extreme, with desert lifestyle capabilities and a playful nod to motocross culture. High clearance flares and a shortened bumper and skid plate to increase the angle of approach add to its extreme capabilities. The dirt bikes are part of the package, and getting them in and out of the bed is easy, thanks to slide-out ramps (necessitating the removal of the tailgate).

Flatbill rides on 20-inch wheels shod with 40-inch tires, and the interior is as sporty and playful as the potential of the exterior, with bright bed-liner floors and custom trimmed seats.

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter

Continuing Jeep’s yearly tradition of “Resto-Mods,” the M-715 Five-Quarter is a blend of vintage and modern components, deriving its name from the past ton and a quarter trucks (hence, five quarters), particularly the military-grade Kaiser Jeep M715 of 1968. This marks the third tribute vehicle Jeep has made to pay homage to the M715.

The exterior does away with the front sheet metal in favour of carbon fibre, replacing headlights with HID units and adding LED auxiliary lights. Rocker panels were replaced with full length rock rails to add body protection, the bed is a new bobbed 6-foot aluminum version with water jet cut panels and wood slats, and the taillights were replaced with LED halo lights. The interior comes out of the new Wrangler, with low-back seats created by removing the headrests.

Jeep J6

Not as far removed as the M-715, the J6 highlights classic 1970s Jeep truck (J-Series) styling, taking the standard 2-door cabin and adding a 6-foot bed (a foot longer than the standard Gladiator bed). The rest of the presentation is more function than form, with rollbar behind the cabin fitted with LED off-road lights, and body protection front and side in the form of 2-inch tubular bars.

Painted blue in homage to the Jeep Honcho of the late 1970s, the J6 also features classic Jeep script on the tailgate and fenders. The colour is carried through inside, with a blue instrument panel and blue stitching on the Katzkin leather seats.

Jeep JT Scrambler

The JT Scrambler is the reboot of the CJ Scrambler from 1981, right down to the iconic paint job, recreated in prototype Punk’N Metallic Orange and Nacho. The car is accessorized with a bed rollbar located behind the cabin, and full-side tubular steps. Bronze 17-inch slot wheels finish off the look.

The colour scheme is carried on inside, with Amaretto Brown Katzkin leather seats accented with orange stitching and tungsten Jeep grille logo. The brown leather/orange stitching combination. is carried over to the instrument panel

Jeep Gladiator Gravity

Gravity is what this Gladiator defies, endowed with the ability to climb rock faces. Painted Punk’N Metallic Orange, the truck is fully convertible, lacking a roof and doors (replaced by tubular cross members to keep people and their appendages inside the vehicle). The bed features a deck over which is mounted cross rails and a cargo basket, which the bed itself is fitted with dual sliding drawers.

The Katzkin leather interior features equipment bags for additional storage, all weather floor mats and a unique “plug” system for easy draining of water and debris (and also allows the interior to simply be hosed down).

The 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari goes April 13 to 21 in Moab, Utah, and again features nine days of off-roading adventures for the hundreds of attendees.