Bronco pickup? Gladiator shows what will happen...

skiptheroad

Active Member
First Name
Skip
Joined
Apr 18, 2020
Messages
32
Reaction score
43
Location
Lake Ann, Michigan
Vehicle(s)
2012 JKUR 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
For desert and dune stuff, I actually still prefer a shorter wheel base. Dunes are often quite steep at the peak and it can be easy to get hung up on them -or get caught in a dip or "witches eye". Also, a lot of the funnest hilly riverbank trails I have been on have a lot of tight and winding turns that are incredibly fun in smaller vehicles like a CJ5... I can imagine taking a 2 door Bronco through a lot of them. I know I'll try at some point when I drive down to Yuma to see family. I'd never chance a Gladiator through them. I will still be able to go fast on open desert trails, but also enjoy steep dunes, narrow canyons and windy, hilly riverbank trails more. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I have to drive a ways to enjoy those kinds of things. But I have found many tight trails through trees and mountain trails that I will be using the heck out of trail turn assist on. Sometimes its about possibilities. That's why I like wheelers that are compact as possible with good geometry.
Well said. Where I live in Northern Michigan I ride the trails at least a couple of times each week. I have yet to see a Gladiator off-road except at Silver Lake Sand Dunes and on the gravel fire roads in the Upper Peninsula.





Advertisement

 

tarantularock

Active Member
First Name
Paul
Joined
Jul 13, 2020
Messages
33
Reaction score
34
Location
Idaho
Vehicle(s)
F150 / future Bronco
Well - all the Bronco delays finally got to me, I picked up a gladiator sport base 2 weeks ago / its already lifted new wheels 35 tires ( 37s will fit but will need regearing) rock bars on the way... I know when the first broncos finally start rolling around I'll be a bit envious; but until then... at least I have something I can drive around!

tempImagewweCUO.png
 

JKinTX

Member
First Name
Jay
Joined
May 24, 2021
Messages
6
Reaction score
4
Location
Houston TX
Vehicle(s)
2020 F150 Raptor
No and thats a hell no. Leave it alone, as Jeep should have done. Ford is coming out with the Maverick as well, that should fit the need. I am also sure they will make an off-road version of that thing too.

Then again, I'm new here so my opinion is pretty much worthless lol.
 

71to21-2DR

Base
Well-Known Member
First Name
Rick
Joined
Mar 24, 2021
Messages
239
Reaction score
310
Location
Lincoln Ca.
Vehicle(s)
Nissan Frontier 4WD
I've been thinking about the Gladiator more and more these days, especially after seeing three different Gladiator RUBICON's at Yellowstone National Park last summer (all optioned to the max, beautiful clean paint, really cute matching luggage in each, no hint of their owners wanting to drive their $65K toys off the blacktop) and what that class of vehicle really brings to the JEEP brand.
  • Is it a truck? If it is, it's a really poor choice as a truck
  • Is it a off road beast? It has the kit, but again, it's form factor makes it a really poor choice
  • Does it still drive like a JEEP (and all the negative that implies on-road)? Yea!
  • Is the Gladiator simply another Ridgeline with a very select audience and unable to turn a profit even with $20K of options tarting it up? Probably
TTAC followed up my vehicular wanderings with this article today and it's pointed yet mostly unopinionated (until you get to the comments).

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/11/2020-jeep-gladiator-sport-s-review-poised-for-urban-life/

Does Bronco "need" to follow suit with an even smaller-market vehicle that isn't great off road, isn't great as a truck, and looks as cumbersome as the Gladiator? I would argue there is no business reason to do so. Covid has cost every manufacturer billions, dumping resources into these low-yield makes doesn't make sense. Ranger is a perfectly capable midsize truck, Maverick is rumored to be close to production for small truck, and Bronco looks to be more than capable of giving the fight to Jeep off-road (not in outright capability, but in that entry/mid-market basis) and with the pencil pushers.
If jeep made the J6 Id buy it.
And
Make a short wheel base Bronco pick up
4 doors have their place.. But not in this type of vehicle. Come on! what happened to fun! All by your self, or a Buddy?
The Family doesn’t have to be involved in everything!!!!
0604A46F-A028-44F2-BE78-C2FAB84327B2.jpeg
 

BroncoBilly17

Outer Banks
Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
82
Reaction score
107
Location
London
Vehicle(s)
2015 Ford F-150 XLT Sport
Didn't read everything, but when Ford and GM both got back into the "small" truck market, Dodge didn't. IMO, the Gladiator is their attempt, as we won't see the return of the Dakota. No need for Ford to make a truck version of the Bronco, with the Ranger on the market, as well as the Maverik coming soon
 

Montana Bronco

Base
Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2020
Messages
337
Reaction score
1,375
Location
Montana
Vehicle(s)
Chevy
If jeep made the J6 Id buy it.
And
Make a short wheel base Bronco pick up
4 doors have their place.. But not in this type of vehicle. Come on! what happened to fun! All by your self, or a Buddy?
The Family doesn’t have to be involved in everything!!!!
0604A46F-A028-44F2-BE78-C2FAB84327B2.jpeg
^^^ This. ^^^ Regular cab is awesome on thes small vehicles. I have zero need for crew cab.
 

Advertisement







 
fifteen52


Advertisement
Top