The Jeep Gladiator is Wrangler-based, but it’s it’s own beast separate from the iconic-off-roader, with a frame that is 31 inches longer and a wheelbase that is 19.4 inches longer to carry its five foot cargo bed. It can handle up to 30 inches of water fording, carry up to 1,600 pounds of payload, and tow up to 7,650 with a Max Tow Package.
Jeep head Timothy Kuniskis classified Gladiator buyers as, “these aren’t people who are to fill the bed with mulch and boulders. It’s not a work truck. It’s absolutely a lifestyle choice.” All those hikers, mountain bikers, surfers, motorcross riders, triathletes, and skydivers will eventually end up a Home Depot or Lowe’s. Everyone ends up needing something messy, sharp, big and awkward. Quadratec sized up the Gladiator at the Philadelphia Auto Show to add some practicality to the bed. Quadratec is a company that sells aftermarket Jeep parts and accessories for mainly the Wrangler, CJ, and Cherokee, as well as other SUV’s.
The Jeep engineers did put some thought into making the bed utilitarian, whether or not they let the public in on that detail. Quadratec’s Rob Jarrell wants to address how the Gladiator will bring home a 4X8 sheet of plywood. At some point every home owner has a project involving plywood. The Gladiator tailgate is wide enough for the sheet to slide in flat, but the wheel wells take up necessary room. Jeep designed slots into the Mopar bedliner that hold a 2X6 sheet of plywood, making the bed capable of restoring a flat load floor for 4X8 sheets.
FCA didn’t only give the Ram a multi-functional tailgate, the Gladiator also has a multi-position rear door. The tailgate is damped, so it lowers slowly, and it can stop in three different positions. It can be opted to have a spray-in bedliner, a bed divider, a 115-volt power outlet, and a cargo cover. It can hold up to a 35-inch tire in the bed. Check out the video to see what other options are ready for the Gladiator, and yes home improvement is your future.
Video Credit: Quadratec
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