Far out, man: Jeep introduces ‘Farout’ concept truck


Wanting to show off the Gladiator’s off-road chops and its newfound range provided by an efficient diesel engine, Jeep mid-August dropped a new concept pickup truck laden with overlanding and exploration gear.

This spellcheck-vexing Farout concept says ‘yes’ to an entire overlanding catalog, adding a neatly contained rooftop tent that deploys to reveal sleeping accommodations for a quartet of happy campers.

Jeep describes the space as warm and inviting, two adjectives not generally associated with tenting.

If you’ve been paying attention to the rise of overlanding, however, this will not be a surprise. As an outdoor activity that was firmly on the upswing even before we were all told to stay two metres apart from one another, overlanding manages to combine getting away from it all with a solid dose of luxury trappings. Included in the Farout is kit like a fridge and stove, table space, and any number of creative storage solutions.

The concept’s exterior features a new body colour called “Earl” which is either a nod to the tea, English royalty, or your cousin. Green accents give a pop of interest to the tow hooks, springs, and badging. In a fit of insufferable piety, Jeep is calling them “chartreuse accents” but we’ll call them what they really are: lime green. Whatever the name, it looks good to us.

Also on board are a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, 17-inch matte charcoal rims, and 37-inch mud-terrain tires. That’s a modified Gladiator Rubicon steel bumper equipped with a 12,000-lb. Warn winch hanging out front, along with custom front and rear rock rails and FOX performance shocks. Its integrated roof-rack system allows for hauling additional gear up top.

Jeep is also pointing out the rig’s 3.0L EcoDiesel, with a fuel economy rating of 8.4 L/100 km on the highway, has enough range to get you into the deep woods and back out again without refueling.

Generally, this is the type of concept vehicle Jeep would trot out at Moab, but plans for the annual Easter Jeep Safari soirée were understandably scuppered by the global pandemic. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel goes on sale in the third quarter of 2020 and customer orders are open now.

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