The Jeep Gladiator is Struggling

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I don’t have a bias but I believe the numbers/specs are competitive with other mid sized trucks. I think there’s more argument to be had in comparing prices of other mid size trucks.
I don't care much for the Gladiator. If you want a Jeep which can just haul more gear and be heavier, I guess it makes sense. Its NOT a truck nor is it meant to tow anything of real weight.
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I see more and more gladiators popping up everyday around me. So that’s surprising to hear. But the JTR is very expensive for the size truck it is. I don’t think people looking for a truck would buy it, because it’s as expensive as a 2500, but the size of a Tacoma. I think the only people buying are Jeep people. I’d bet 70% of JT buyers are Jeep enthusiasts. Also the JTR should be the same price as a JLUR. The extra 6k or whatever it is...is ridiculous
 

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I agree with a previous statement, about a 2 door model might look better.
 

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I don’t have a bias but I believe the numbers are competitive with other mid sized trucks. I think there’s more argument to be had in comparing prices of other mid size trucks.
Whether a vehicle sells well or not depends mostly on the automaker’s internal expectations.

Apparently JT was launched under the guise that it’d be a niche truck, so it was priced accordingly. But dealers now report that that’s not enough anymore: FCA now wants JT to become a hot seller and beat Ford and Chevrolet.

Jeep has plenty of capacity to produce twice as many JTs as it is currently selling. No doubt that’s part of the pressure. But FCA doesn’t seem to understand the simple fact that the higher they price the truck, the harder it is to get the volumes they want.
 

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I would absolutely buy this in a heartbeat, but I unfortunately don't see FCA ever making it a reality. Fingers crossed for a limited edition release maybe?

I'm holding out hope that some third party will make a 2 door conversion kit for the JT or JLU.
this is a very neat looking vehicle with 3 things that would make it a terrible idea for jeep to build. 1, no space behind the seats, basically you get miata levels of storage, 2, the bed is too small (like the gladiator) to be useful and 3, it would cost too much.

its is very cool looking though
 

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this is a very neat looking vehicle with 3 things that would make it a terrible idea for jeep to build. 1, no space behind the seats, basically you get miata levels of storage, 2, the bed is too small (like the gladiator) to be useful and 3, it would cost too much.

its is very cool looking though
Couldn't fit a mtn bike or a buck in that bed...useless. the bed is useless especially at the price point.

Jeep dropped the ball by leaps and bounds on the Gladiator.
 

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Whether a vehicle sells well or not depends mostly on the automaker’s internal expectations.

Apparently JT was launched under the guise that it’d be a niche truck, so it was priced accordingly. But dealers now report that that’s not enough anymore: FCA now wants JT to become a hot seller and beat Ford and Chevrolet.

Jeep has plenty of capacity to produce twice as many JTs as it is currently selling. No doubt that’s part of the pressure. But FCA doesn’t seem to understand the simple fact that the higher they price the truck, the harder it is to get the volumes they want.
Exactly. If it's a niche truck Jeep should commit and make a 2 door Gladiator for the die hard Jeep enthusiasts and go full niche. If you want a practical family Jeep get a Compass or Grand Cherokee.

They have the plant capacity to add a 2 door to the Gladiator line. Plus, have you seen how much Comanches and Scramblers still sell for? Neither were very popular at the time of release, but I guarantee if Jeep makes a 2 door Gladiator (even if they don't sell well now) they'll be looked at as collectors items in a few years and all the nay-sayers now will be looking to add one to their collection.
 

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I had a JK and couldn't wait to trade for a JT when it came out.

Then the Fiat Exec made a statement something along the lines of; we are going to price these excessively because we realize Jeep enthusiasts will pay more.

Obviously that is not exactly the statement, but that is definitely the thought he was conveying.

So I purchased my first JLnew and now my second used.

The first would definitely have been a JT if not for the arrogance expressed by the comment.

Which worked out well for me in the long run as two good friends purchased JT's and both regret not waiting and getting a better deal on JL's.
 

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If I want a truck, I'll buy a Raptor. I dont understand how Jeeps are great looking and Gladiators just aint !
I don't want a big truck and don't like the Ranger or Colorado. I wasn't impressed with the pictures of Gladiators, but like how they look in person.
 

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I don't want a big truck and don't like the Ranger or Colorado. I wasn't impressed with the pictures of Gladiators, but like how they look in person.
Like they way they look...with or without wearing beer goggles on?
 

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I'm sure they're giving all the execs a Gladiator to promote around that Oakland County, MI money! I liked the Gladiator until I sat in the backseat of my cousin's JT... definitely a step down from the Wrangler - although I didn't tell my cousin that! Obviously it's the exact same from the driver's seat and forward. He says "the ride" is better in the Gladiator (he did own a JK Rubi before). I've never driven a Gladiator, but I super happy with my JLU. It's fun as hell, and the only thing I'm giving up is the towing capacity, which could be better with a JLU in my opinion.
There definitely seems to be less rear leg room in the Gladiator vs the Wrangler. I noticed that right away. There is zero room to put things inside the cab as well if you're using the back seat (i.e. kids or dog etc). I think they look cool with bigger tires on them, but I like the Wrangler more, which is why I picked up one of those instead.

I'm really enjoying my Wrangler as well. Very fun vehicle to drive, great in the snow so far, plenty of room in the back seat for my kids, plenty of room in the back for carrying stuff (luggage, groceries, car/dirtbike parts, etc), plus they look cool too. Very happy with it!
 

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Like they way they look...with or without wearing beer goggles on?
I'm not much of a drinker, what's a beer goggle?
 

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For overlanding, and Mild to Medium difficulty trails, I don’t know that the new Mojave wouldn’t be just a bit better than a Rubicon. Plus the strengthening up front and higher ratio transfer case sound like it’ll be a great all around Jeep for that purpose. That’s something I’d consider. I wonder what a modern topper would look like on it. We’re used to lots of covered storage.

Either that or a Recon for a second Jeep.
 
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