Mark Allen has one heck of an official title: Head of Jeep Design. It’s safe to say that we can thank him for the Wrangler-esque looks of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. After all, the truck’s appeal goes far beyond anything we’ve ever known in the midsize pickup realm.
“FCA North America ran a quick profile on Allen on their youtube channel, where he shares some of his thoughts on the Gladiator exterior design.”
“A lot of inspiration honestly came from the first little pickup truck that was done in 1947, Willy’s pickup truck.”
“The crew cab is an important piece because it really signals it’s more for recreational use than the way a truck is used in a commercial use.”
“We kept the top of the cargo box quite low so you can reach over and get cargo even on the Rubicon, which is essentially lifted.”
“The tailgate is unique in that the brake light can be integrated into the tailgate handle.”
“We got very proud of the Jeep name and it’s very large and very imposing on the back of the vehicle.”
“We wanted to make sure that when you see it, that’s a Jeep pickup. It’s a recognizable silhouette.”
The Gladiator Exterior Design Seeps Inside
The exterior isn’t the only aspect of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator that was tackled with intention. You can read some of the interior designer’s thoughts here, giving you an entire picture of this avant-garde pickup truck.