2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Farout Concept Takes #VanLife to Next Level
Each year, in conjunction with the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep builds several concept vehicles to illustrate possibilities, showcase the future, and tantalize the faithful. This year’s event was cancelled, but not before Jeep built the Gladiator EcoDiesel Farout concept to show how its rugged truck can replace a van when you finally decide to ditch the 9-to-5 in favor of a laptop, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and living a life of simplicity on the road or in the rough.
Starting with a 2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck equipped with the new-for-2021 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine option, the Farout concept adds a bed cap topped by a 16-foot long by 7.5-foot tall rooftop tent. Jeep says the tent deploys in a matter of seconds and sleeps four people, instantly transforming wherever you are into accommodations for the night.
Painted a blue-gray color called Earl and featuring chartreuse accents, the Jeep Gladiator Farout concept has a 2-inch lift kit from Jeep Performance Parts, Fox performance shocks, 17-inch matte-charcoal wheels wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires, custom rock rails, and a steel front bumper with a 12,000-pound Warn winch.
Inside, the Gladiator Farout concept’s wood-lined interior has a refrigerator and stove, a table with seats, and hanging storage racks. Jeep outfits this digital nomad dream vehicle with Dark Smoke Blue leather with plaid cloth inserts, orange contrast stitching, and ambient lighting.
Given the Gladiator’s claimed best-in-class payload capacity, this Jeep isn’t as conceptually far-flung as it seems. And with the EcoDiesel engine’s expected highway fuel economy rating of 28 mpg, you can get well off the grid when nature calls.
Considering what it costs to outfit a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for off-road van-life, a Gladiator EcoDiesel Farout likely would prove a more affordable path to minimalistic living, too.
The information in this article is from Jeep. It was accurate on August 13, 2020 but may have changed since that date.