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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Bob Concept 2022 Moab Easter Safari
Image via Jeep.

When Stellantis teased the Bob Concept ahead of the 2022 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, it was hard to make out exactly what we were looking at. Was it a two-door Gladiator? A long wheelbase Wrangler? Turns out, that was intentional. According to Jeep, the Bob concept was “designed to blur the lines” between the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, while the name comes from “bobbing” the front and rear overhangs. As a result, this Gladiator-Rubicon-based off-road concept snips a foot of overall length for improved approach, departure and breakover angles. A 3-inch lift and 40-inch tires also seem to help in that regard. As does what appears to be a chopped cabin.

Image via Jeep.

All four doors and B-pillars of the Jeep Gladiator Bob Concept have been removed, while the design team created a canvas top that stretches from the top of the cab to near the end of the truck bed. And along with the lift and bigger tires, Bob features a set of Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 axles supported by a mix of King Coils and Bypass shocks.

Under the hood, the Jeep Gladiator Bob Concept is powered by a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine, which features 260 horsepower and a dominant 480 lb-ft of torque in the standard truck. Sending power to the wheels is a TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts. The engine is also equipped with a Mopar cold-air intake to further boost torque and improve fuel economy.

While it’s extremely unlikely that the Jeep Bob Concept will see production, we can’t help but be smitten with the idea of a shorter wheelbase Gladiator with minimal overhangs and hulking tires. Maybe if we make enough noise, Stellantis will listen.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Bob Concept Moab Easter Safari 2022

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Bob Concept Moab Easter Safari 2022

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Bob Concept Moab Easter Safari 2022

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Bob Concept Moab Easter Safari 2022
Images via Jeep.

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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