As the 2020 iteration of the SEMA Show begins today in virtual fashion, FCA has wasted no time in kicking things off. After last week’s teaser, the Jeep Top Dog Concept has arrived to enthrall all of the mountain bikers among us. Based on a Jeep Gladiator, this rig is packed with nearly 20 Jeep Performance Parts accessories that one might need when taking the ultimate weekend wilderness excursion. Here’s what you need to know about this seriously cool concept.
The Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept has been designed through and through with the goal of creating the ultimate mountain biking support rig. To start the transformation, Jeep went ahead and ditched the Gladiator’s standard bed and replaced it with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. Pull-out drawers on the passenger side provide a safe place to store the tools and supplies you’ll need to keep your bike on the trails. Hop over to the driver side, and you’ll find a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill for when you return to the truck. Interior storage shelves, exterior lighting switches and extra power supplies are located in the center of the storage system.
There are also two storage racks mounted atop the truck’s cabin, which provide even more storage space for equipment and gear. Attached to these racks are some Dual concept exterior task lights, as well as a set of traction mats should the need arise. Up top is also where you’ll find the dual bike rack, which is fitted with a pair of Trek bikes in this case.
If you’re going to build the ultimate mountain biking rig, you need a truck that is going to take you to even the most remote of trailheads. While the Gladiator is a competent off-roader in its own right, the Jeep Top Dog Concept takes things up another notch. The truck’s been fit with a JPP two-inch lift kit, complete with FOX shocks for additional ground clearance. The suspension works in tandem with a set of 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels wrapped in 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. The tires are covered by some concept “high-top” steel fender flares on all four corners. Other upgrades include a custom hood, a one-off JPP Rubicon bumper, LED trail lights, A JPP snorkel, JPP rock rails, as well as JPP Warn winches on both the front and rear of the truck.
Inside the truck you’ll find a custom interior that is color matched to the K-9 Blue exterior paint. The instrument panel is finished in the stuff, and the Katzkin leather interior is offset by blue stitching. Mopar stainless-steel pedal covers and all-weather floor mats round out the concept’s tweaks.
The Jeep Top Dog concept is a truck that any mountain bike would be happy to take on their next excursion. Thankfully for the bikers among us, the truck was really just built using a small portion of the 500 or so accessories that Jeep has on offer.