Jeep’s New Custom Gladiator Doubles as Food Truck

by Jennifer Shea

Jeep is rolling out a new vehicle, a custom Gladiator, that can serve as a mountain biking base camp. 

The company built the Gladiator Top Dog Concept for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) auto show, Fox News reports. The auto show will take the form of an online marketplace this year.

New Special Features

Jeep took a 4×4 pickup and outfitted it with auxiliary lighting, rock rails, a two-inch lift kit, roof racks, and a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. The company also added a concept hood and a front grille guard.

The PCOR flatbed storage system is the key change, according to Autoblog. It’s packed with special features. The system contains a battery-powered refrigerator, a hot dog roller grill, pull-out drawers, shelves, lighting switches, and spare power supplies. Further, a snap-on toolbox fits in the storage space if you get rid of the hot dog roller.

Autoweek reports that the concept uses a total of 20 Jeep Performance parts, all of them factory-backed. And the whole vehicle is painted an electric blue shade known as “K9 Blue.”

Must Like Hot Dogs

Some downsides: there are only two bike racks on the roof. And it’s not necessarily easy to get the bikes up there. But the storage system does include a drawer with a foldable ladder in it to help bikers climb up to the roof.

Jeep has included some special modifications that are designed to help with more intense biking. According to Autoblog, they are: a JPP 2-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, 17-inch JPP bead-lock-capable wheels, 37-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, steel fender flares for more clearance, a JPP snorkel intake, winches front and back, and JPP off-road LED A-pillar lights.

The vehicle even offers a storage space near the wheels for boots or other gear. All told, Jeep’s Top Dog Concept is a heavy-duty vehicle for mountain bikers… especially if they like hot dogs.