Bronco pickup? Gladiator shows what will happen...

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For over landing the gladiator would be great. Also if you want to tow a trailer , as well as off-road.

Just because you would not take a gladiator off-road does not mean that others don't
In "the story till now" they do some pretty great trails in their gladiator.
 

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Anyone that thinks the Gladiator isn’t a very capable off roader hasn’t been paying attention. It is an excellent off roader. It’s only real weakness is that break over angle. The departure angle is a bit of a weekness but no more than any other pickup out there. You still get a truck with front and rear lockers, swaybar disconnects, Fox shocks, and a load of other off roading goodies.

The Gladiators lack of success, IMO, comes from the design proportions and that cargo bed that has resulted from those design proportions. Jeep didn’t change the cab from the Cpillar forward which resulted in a much longer wheelbase. It also designed the chassis from a RAM pickup. That and the suspension geometry resulted in a shallower bed. Of course the ultra long wheelbase forced Jeep to make the bed shorter.

Had the Gladiator been a clean sheet design, based on a midsized pickup platform (which FCA didn’t have) they could have ended up with a well proportioned pickup. The Bronco IS based on a midsized truck platform that has nearly a foot shorter wheelbase. IMO it can be made into a much better proportioned, and thus more useful, pickup.

That said, it will still be a niche/lifestyle pickup. I’m not sure if it would cannibalize Ranger sales. But I’m sure that is at least one of Ford’s concerns.
 

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