The Rubicon Trail and the off-pavement challenges of the pink rocks of Moab function substitutes for the mixed-marshal arts octagon because the challenger (Ford and its new Bronco) takes on the champion (Jeep and its Wrangler) for the correct to put on the off-road winner’s belt.
To increase its declare as defending — and future — champion, Jeep has unveiled its Gladiator Farout idea automobile “that leverages the Jeep Gladiator’s class-leading 4×4 payload and fuel-efficient, long-range-capable 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine,” the automaker claims.
Actually, the idea was to debut again in April on the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Jeep yearly unveils a number of such idea automobiles on the Moab occasion, which was canceled this yr by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Although we didn’t get to celebrate in Moab this year with our latest round of concept vehicles, we’re pleased to introduce the Jeep Farout concept today as a vehicle that blends Gladiator EcoDiesel’s fuel efficiency with an area of features fans of overlanding will love,” mentioned Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep model.
“Building on the popularity of last year’s Gladiator Wayout concept, and as overlanding continues to grow in popularity, this year’s Farout concept is another opportunity to gather feedback from our passionate customer base.”
The Farout’s EcoDiesel V6 engine joins the Gladiator lineup for the 2021 mannequin yr, accessible within the third quarter of 2020. The engine is rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Jeep additionally mentioned it is going to be rated at 28 mpg in freeway driving.
The powerplant will probably be accessible on the Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon fashions.
“An encore to last year’s Jeep Wayout concept, the Jeep Farout concept benefits from Gladiator’s class-leading 4×4 payload and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine’s long-range fuel efficiency to go even further off the beaten path,” Jeep mentioned.
“The main feature of this fully functional concept is a neatly contained, customized deployable roof-top tent. The spacious 16-foot-long by 7.5-foot-tall recreational residence opens and retracts in a matter of seconds. Once unpacked, it comfortably sleeps up to four.”
The Farout additionally has a “warm, inviting wood-lined interior” with “soft” ambient lighting, darkish “smoke blue” leather-based and orange-stitching seat trim and plaid flannel seat inserts. The idea additionally has a fridge and range, hanging storage racks and built-in seats and desk.
Exterior options embody a 2-inch elevate equipment, 37-inch tires, modified metal entrance bumper with 12,000-pound Warn winch, Fox shocks, entrance and rear rock rails, and rear tailgate tow hooks.