Jeep and Its Supplier Haartz Collaborate To Create the Only Open Air Midsize Truck -The Gladiator
Jeep's new Gladiator is a breath of fresh air in the hot midsized truck segment. Literally. It is the only truck with a removable soft-top, removable doors, and a windshield that drops down. Jeep calls it "open-air" driving and the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and Nissan Frontier have nothing like this option.
Jeep Gladiator Sunrider Soft Top
The Gladiator's soft-top is standard. Jeep names its premium top the "Sunrider soft top." It provides a segment-exclusive easy open-air option. There are both fully-open and partially-open top positions. The soft top features special retainers that slide into a track for easy rear window removal.
Jeep worked with Acton Massachusetts top manufacturer, Haartz Corporation. Haartz' Twillfast or PVC is the top material. This material list is ideally-suited to Jeep owners. Both feature an easy to clean design that is just as tough as the Gladiator is.
Jeep Gladiator - Optional Tonneau
To match the look and durability of the OEM top, Jeep's Gladiator also features an available tonneau cover. The cover is also made using the same Haartz materials so it is a perfect match to the soft top.
Jeep Gladiator - Removable Doors
To add to the "convertible" experience that the removable soft-top offers, the Gladiator's doors are also removable. Gladiator's lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors have the right Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to eliminate guessing which size bit is needed to remove the doors. Jeep supplies a tool kit with the necessary Torx bits to remove the doors as standard equipment.
Jeep Gladiator - Drop-Down Windshield
You may want to have some goggles or at least sunglasses ready, but Jeep also offers a fold-down windshield in its Gladiator pickup. Like with the doors, the tools you need are standard equipment. A simple four-bolt design at the top of the windshield’s frame allows for the windshield to fold quickly and easily. A protective header bar connects the A-pillars and stays in place even when the windshield is folded down. This also allows the rearview mirror to remain in place even with the windshield folded, something that older Wranglers did not have.
One might argue that there are a select few midsized pickups available that can rival the Gladiator's off-road capabilities. However, none of them offers the open air experience that Jeep does.