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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

We’re big fans of the Jeep Gladiator. Especially the Gladiator Rubicon. Although we’re torn between this Jeep pickup truck and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, adding a topper changes things. Or a bed cap, if your prefer. Either way, just have a look at the post below from RSi. Equipped with its new SmartCap EVO modular truck bed cap, plus a set of choice wheels and tires, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon assumes its ultimate form. And function.


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Meet our new SmartCap EVO Jeep Gladiator edition—available September 2020. From how the cap meets the cab, to the vertical locking mechanisms, the SmartCap EVO has been designed to complement the rugged stance of the Jeep. ⁠ ⁠ We know quarantining wasn’t on any of our Easter weekend plans, but we hope you all are able to make the most of this wonderful day. Happy Easter everybody!⁠ ⁠ #happyeaster #easterbunny #eastersunday #eastereggs #easterweekend #easterbasket #jeeplife #jeep #jeeplivin #jeepcraze #itsajeepthing #jeepnation #jeeparmy #jeepin #jeepfamily #offroading #4×4 #offroad #keystonehasit #keystoneautomotive #builtlikeatruck #notlikeaboat #smart #smartcap #ForgedInAfrica #MadeForAmerica #SemaAwards #4x4life #overlander #4x4accessories

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As mentioned in the Instagram post, the RSi SmartCap EVO topper will launch in September 2020 – assuming the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t affect things. According to the company’s website, the SmartCap is built from stainless steel, unlike the typical fiberglass products on the market. This allows for significant improvements in toughness, and can stand 330 lbs of gear on top of it when moving down the road, and 770 lbs when standing still. Access to cargo is also improved compared to fiberglass, with large hatch openings on each side and in back. Of course, all of this capability does run a premium, as the RSi SmartCarp EVO modular bed truck cap starts at $3,695, and goes up from there. Pricing for the version set for the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is TBD.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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