yeah i like both of those pakages as far as looks, it would be cool if they offered a rear locker option with one of thoseWhat do you guys think the future holds for the gladiator?
New colors? More models like Willy's or Moab? Dealer optioned graphics? Lower price?
Yes, this is the stuff that matters. Upgraded steering components and larger brakes would also be worthwhile options, also builtin firm ware that allows tire and gearings changes.Well if we're dreaming, 3" lift and 40's from the factory! Maybe Dana 60's front and rear! Need I continue.....
A month ago there were over 400 Gladiators for sale at dealers here in SoCal with some dealers having more than six Launch Editions on their lots at one time.Realistically I expect minimal design changes for a while. Except for the magical diesel potentially materializing they are still trying to figure out long term sales on a vehicle that hasn't existed for 6 months and the next model year is a 2021 (remember this is still 2019). Now I would fully expect to see a 2 door extended cab show up at some point with a 6 foot bed (no way they will put a 6 foot bed on the 4 door as it is about as long as my avalanche). Right now they have issues just getting enough stock on the showroom floors since there are still people waiting for their launch editions based upon the posts you see here in the forums. While the gladiator statistically is doing well in sales it hasn't been on the market long enough to justify new generation changes. Surprisingly I have started running into wrangler owners trying to tell me why they wouldn't buy a gladiator because the wrangler is "better". As we all know cars/trucks are a hot and cold market and we have all seen models we love over the years get pulled from production because the sales weren't producing and we still have the jeep purists who get mad because the wrangler isn't completely square with a fully flat windshield.
I love this truck more than my wranglers which truly surprises me and I am looking forward to see where they go with it. I think there are some ways to improve it (removable back window for hard tops, proximity sensor on tailgate, 2 door options, soft top that goes all the way down, etc). I just think other than a "willy's edition" or something like that I don't think it will be any time soon we see a JT-2.0.
I for one would gladly wait and order a diesel model with fewer options to keep the price reasonable. I'd go Sport S with Max tow over a Rubicon, if it meant I could get the diesel!A month ago there were over 400 Gladiators for sale at dealers here in SoCal with some dealers having more than six Launch Editions on their lots at one time.
I think Jeep is being smart and walking before they run. I believe the diesel could have been out months ago but how many are going to pony up another 5k on an already costly mid-size truck? Jeep and non Jeep people that i have talked to all agree that the Gladiator is an expensive truck in it`s current offering.
Let the sticker shock wear off for awhile and i think sales should increase over the next year or two, adding more models now will only increase MSRP and add confusion to would be Jeep truck owners.