The Jeep Gladiator :: Wayout

Each year, the design team from Jeep reveals a series of concept vehicles that either spark the consumer’s imagination for current models, or tease possible future offerings. The 2019 Easter Jeep Safari was no exception, and Mark Allen (Chief Designer, Jeep) pulled out all of the stops with a fleet of Gladiators. Of particular interest is the Wayout, a project specifically assembled for the overland traveler. The attention to detail is exceptional and shows the true potential for the platform as a remote adventure vehicle. The Gator Green is also so, so, perfect. Jeep.com/Gladiator

Having the opportunity to drive these vehicles is key, and Jeep is generous (and confident) enough to allow media to navigate a short off-road loop and completely inspect and review these concepts. On the Wayout, everything works, including the custom fuel cans and the compressor-powered blender. Several thoughtful details abound, including steps that were welded to the side rails and the rear bumper, along with a fully integrated ladder for access to the Autohome roof tent. No fault could be found with any of the products they selected, which speaks volumes about their understanding of the overland industry. The only questionable piece is the Mopar snorkel, which looks light duty at best, particularly in the a-pillar mounting.

During the drive I noted how well the Gladiator managed the 37 inch tires, effortlessly crawling through the uneven slickrock. The new eight speed transmission is likely key to this, along with the 4:1 low range. Noteworthy is how the steering system also managed that tire size without binding or stalling as the JK is prone to. The long wheelbase also greatly improves the ride quality overall and reduces head toss, although the additional payload capacity is somewhat evident in the compliance from the rear axle… no complaints, this was a lightly loaded vehicle and it is designed to carry 1,600 pounds. This model is truly exciting, and speaks to Jeeps continued commitment towards the overland market. Exciting times indeed!

Vehicle Modifications:
37 inch Falken Wildpeak MTs
17 inch steel wheels
Mopar 2 inch lift
Fox Shocks
Factory steel Rubicon bumper with winch mount
Warn 12,000 pound winch
Factor 55 hook
IPF lights
IPF and headlight grills (nice touch for stone protection)
Rock rails with integrated steps
Steel export hood
ARB Twin compressor with hood mounted air chuck and gauge

Overland Modifications:
Autohome Maggiolina Extreme Roof Tent
Alucab 270 Awning
Mopar Snorkel
Integrated fuel cans
Decked Drawer System
MaxTrax
Custom over cab rack rails
Custom Bed Rack
Pico Chairs

 


   

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. He lives in Prescott, Arizona