Wait until the Bronco hits the market. Then we may see some changes in the Gladiator trims and possibly another model. There really is a lot of interest in a 2 door Gladiator.
Im not sure what to expect from the Bronco. The spy shots show a really tiny bed, its probably IFS too.Wait until the Bronco hits the market. Then we may see some changes in the Gladiator trims and possibly another model. There really is a lot of interest in a 2 door Gladiator.
All the spy photos make me think the new Bronco is competing for Honda Ridgeline demographic than the Gladiator.Im not sure what to expect from the Bronco. The spy shots show a really tiny bed, its probably IFS too.
Removable top and doors are likely though.
imagine it with the 5.0 though.
What spy photos are you talking about? The Ranger test mules? Indications say the Bronco will come in 2 and 4 door models, have hard and soft removable tops, removable doors, will be body-on-frame, AND have the same front and rear differentials as the Wrangler (though with an IFS). Ford has also indicated that they are considering a Bronco-based pickup to slot between the Ranger and F150. I mean, aside from a lack of manual transmission, I’m not seeing Ridgeline demographic...All the spy photos make me think the new Bronco is competing for Honda Ridgeline demographic than the Gladiator.
They do it every year at Easter Jeep Safari. There are tons of cool vehicles they've built and shown there that were never produced. A lot of them are there to show mopar parts that you can buy, and some are just pure styling exercises.We own a 2018 Rubicon JL Two door and love it. I understand what you're saying but why show the J6? Why even go to the trouble of developing it?
part of the problem I guess might be that most of the hardcore offroading crowd that want a truck are going to go toward the gladiator now. I dont know that they would want to dump it just to lose 2 doors and gain some bed size.Time will tell.I expect they’ll bring on the 2021’s by next summer. First model year may go longer than 12 months, but it won’t be anything too crazy.
Regarding the J6...I hope they produce it. Desperately hope so. I expect they’d see significantly more sales than many fear. Development costs would be minimal: JLU frame, JT rear suspension, 6’ bed and a half cab roof. Fuel economy would likely be an improvement over the 4 door, benefitting CAFE.
Last time I saw numbers, the 2 door accounted for about 1/3 of JK sales...which means that towards the END of production, the 2 door JK may have outsold most years of TJ sales. Profit margins on trucks and SUV’s are significantly higher than for cars, so if a 2 door Gladiator even sold 1/5 of the proposed 100k 4 door sales in a year, the business case is there...and it would take about 18 months to outsell 6 YEARS of Scrambler production. Niche products are often justified, not by profits, but by the attention they draw to a showroom. The J6 would do both. Quite frankly, the hardcore off-roading crowd alone could create more sales than all US sales of the entire Fiat brand.
I'd even settle for a similar conversion kit as the JKUte, but for the JLU, just to have SOMETHING like a J6. My main issue with this kit (other than the bed being tiny) is that there is no full body separation between the "cab" and "bed" to make it look like a normal truck. They just fill in the rear door with a solid panel and it seems awkwardThat'd be a seriously long bed. I imagine they'll start with a JL, not a JT.