In a press release this morning, Jeep announced that they have a new concept vehicle. It is a version of the Jeep Gladiator that has been made into an overlanding rig. It has been outfitted pretty well to that end and still achieves strong mileage figures, which is important when overlanding far away from civilization.
Pandemic delayed the Jeep Gladiator Farout Concept
The new Jeep Gladiator Farout Concept was created with the intent to debut during the Moab Easter Jeep Safari this past April. The global COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. Making up for it now, the pickup truck broke cover this morning.
New powerplant, longer range
The four-wheel drive Jeep Gladiator capitalizes on the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. That powerplant will become available in the third quarter this year, but order books are open for it now. The engine achieves 28 miles-per-gallon, 260 horsepower, and 442 lb-ft of torque. That kind of mileage is something overlanding enthusiasts will embrace. The long-range will get them further, or at least it will mean fewer backup cans of fuel that have to be packed for the journey.
The press release quotes Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North Americas as saying,
“Although we didn’t get to celebrate in Moab this year with our latest round of concept vehicles, we’re pleased to introduce the Jeep Farout concept today as a vehicle that blends Gladiator EcoDiesel’s fuel efficiency with an area of features fans of overlanding will love.
“Building on the popularity of last year’s Gladiator Wayout concept, and as overlanding continues to grow in popularity, this year’s Farout concept is another opportunity to gather feedback from our passionate customer base.”
The Jeep is ready for overlanding
The Gladiator Farout is outfitted with a rooftop tent. The deployed tent is big enough for four people to sleep comfortably. It is also tall enough for people not to slouch with a 7.5-foot tall height. Jeep says it opens and retracts in seconds, but that may be wishful thinking.
The Gladiator Farout pickup is equipped with other goodies, of course. A refrigerator, stove, ambient lighting, storage racks, table space, a 12,000-lb. Warn winch, front and rear rock rails, and rear tailgate tow hooks all are pieces of equipment and aesthetic touches that are nice to have when sojourning off the beaten path. It looks like there is a retractable awning mounted to the passenger side, too. A two-inch lift kit from Jeep Performance Parts is also installed to traverse questionable terrain. That, of course, makes the 37-inch tires possible.
A solid all-around offroad Jeep
The Jeep Gladiator Farout Concept seems to be a solid all-around offroad capable truck. The lift kit gives the truck more wheel travel, making it easier to get over obstacles, and the way it has been outfitted will allow for overnight comfort, the ability to traverse multiple terrains, and self-recovery should the vehicle get in a jam. All of these are very important if one is to take a vehicle for an offroad or overlanding adventure.
Sadly, there were only two pictures provided with the press release. None of them show the rooftop tent extended. They also do not show the arrangement within the pickup bed cap. It would have been nice to see the stove, refrigerator, and anything else that is tucked in there. In either case, the Farout concept certainly shows how customizable the Gladiator pickup is. There will probably be more images or video clips coming from Jeep soon.