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The Jeep Wayout Concept Is a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Turned Into an Overlanding Beast

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One of the most exciting things about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and about mid-size off-road trucks in general, is that they make for excellent overlanding rigs. And to prove this point, Jeep has built the “Wayout” concept for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Check out its awesome rooftop tent.

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As much crap as the Gladiator gets for being too long (it is quite long), that size does yield a decent amount of space, and if you’re looking to go overlanding for weeks at a time, that’s what you need.

Jeep used that space to fit a roof top tent and a canopy; the video above shows how it all folds out to yield a nice little campsite.

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If you can’t watch videos because your nosey boss is looking over your shoulder, the point is that the modified Jeep Gladiator Rubicon morphs from what’s shown above into this:

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Notice the fuel tanks embedded into the bedsides, and check out the tent frame with an integrated ladder. There’s also a step on the fender flare (whose strength I wasn’t able to test, but if it’s a standard plastic flare, I’d be worried) and one as part of the rock rail.

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Here’s a closer look at the ladder and at that step on the flare. Also, you can see some Maxtrax recovery boards, and the top of a cool sliding-bin deck storage system:

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I also took a closer look at that metal bed rack, which has some nice integrated lights on the inside:

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You can see that the support is fastened to the top of the bedsides via some lock nuts on studs:

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Here’s another look at those storage bins:

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My favorite bit of clever storage, though, is the roof rack on top of the awesome brown hard-top, which I think works well with the Gladiator’s stock Gator Green color and with those awesome 17-inch steel painted wheels that I think should totally be a factory option. Wrapped around those wheels are 37-inch mud-terrain tires made to fit with a two-inch lift kit, and powered by the standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 bolted to an eight-speed automatic.

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A closer look at the roof rack:

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Oh, and here’s a look inside that two-person tent:

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Up front, there’s a 12,000 pound Warn winch and some round aftermarket lights, as well as a snorkel, and on the driver’s side of the cowl, you’ll see an outlet for compressed air.

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The inside looks fairly standard aside from some stickers and awesome brown seats with what look like topographic maps on them:

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Some of the parts shown can be purchased, and some are custom. But in any case, the Wayout shows some of the overlanding possibilities for the Jeep Gladiator, and frankly, they look awesome.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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You can tell they are a REAL OvErLaNdEr because of the stickers and patches on the interior. I’m surprised this Jeep doesn’t have its own Instagram telling the world its a brand ambassador