It’s been awhile since we have posted anything so we thought we start off 2015 right with some rumors about upcoming models and model refreshes. The North America International Auto Show starts this Saturday in Detroit and Jeep is rumored to be unveiling a possible new model.
There has been rumors over the last few years about the return of a truck to the Jeep line up. The rumor mill is in full swing this week with the possible return of the Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator concept was first shown at the 2005 Auto Show and with a Scrambler style pick up showing up on Chrysler’s long term plans for 2016 it is speculated that the Gladiator may soon become more than just a rumor. Over the last few years Mopar has also solidified their relationship with American Expedition Vehicles who currently offer a Brute truck kit for the Jeep Wrangler. (AEV is currently the manufacturer behind a lot of the Mopar branded Jeep accessories available and they are currently working with Ram Trucks to release a line of Ram accessories that have revolutionized the lift market for full size trucks.) The Brute kit allows owners to convert their two or four door Wranglers into trucks similar to the JK-8 kit available from Mopar. At this point a Jeep truck seems to be almost a guarantee the only questions left are what exactly it will look like and when it will be released.
In other Jeep news, speculation about the Wrangler redesign has been keeping Jeep forums busy for months. At this point what we do know is that Chrysler has filed for a patent on a new back window design that will allow the back window to fold right up and over the roof where it can be clipped down. This will allow owners to leave the back window open at all times. With the popularity of the freedom top the soft top of past models is starting to become almost obsolete. With the addition of the new back window owners will be able to get the same convertible feel that the Wrangler is known and loved for without ever having to fully remove the hard top.