Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept Shows Off Practical Off-Road Upgrades For Mountain Bikers

Here's what you need to know about this concept

Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept
Using exclusive Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) and custom accessories, Mopar designers transformed a 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a fun concept vehicle for serious mountain bikers – the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept. (Photos: FCA)

The Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept can get you to the trail and grill your sausage – seriously.

Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) sometimes build one-offs that make sense, and the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept makes sense. Especially if you’re into mountain biking, adventure and hot dogs. Yep, hot dogs. Jeep added a few interesting goodies in the storage system. Located on the driver’s side in that container resides a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill.

Beer and bräts after a ride?

Sounds good!

From the head honcho:

“Built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle and offering one-of-a-kind open-air freedom, Jeep Gladiator is the perfect canvas for Mopar to push the envelope even further with the addition of an array of Jeep Performance Parts. Mopar’s new Top Dog Concept results in even more clever functionality and versatility for Jeep Gladiator.”

Jim Morrison, head of Jeep brand – North America


The K-9 Blue Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept has nearly 20 JPP components added to it. Typical of Jeep, it also has lots of custom accessories, prototype components and a few one-off upgrades. A drive-able concept like this would normally show up at Easter Jeep Safari. Maybe next year.

This project started out with an unmodified, 3.6-liter gas V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Top Dog Concept features a JPP two-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that provides increased ground clearance. Black, 17-inch JPP bead-lock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires complete the undercarriage upgrades.

The Concept has a JPP Rubicon Bumper attached. The bumper holds a prototype two-inch steel grille guard, “inspired by the Jeep J6 concept.” It also has a JPP 8,000-lb capacity Rubicon Warn winch that includes 100-feet of Spydura Synthetic Rope. It also has slider steps and a rear winch too.

Jeep built (prototype) steel “high-top” fender flares provide additional clearance at all four corners. Next, JPP removed the standard cargo box and replaced it with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. The passenger side of the bed has pull-out lockable drawers. It also has bike racks, traction mat holders and tons of storage up top.

Here’s JPP’s point about the roof:

“Above the cab area, two rack structures provide additional storage space for tools and equipment. Dual concept exterior task lights are mounted on each side and a set of traction mats for vehicle recovery and extraction are also attached to the storage racks. On top of the rack structure, a dual bike rack provides a safe way to transport the Trek mountain bikes to the trails.”

Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept

Interior upgrades include JPP pedals and color-matched components. On top of that, it has black Katzkin leather seats, armrests, shifter boots, parking-brake handle and steering wheel. Blue stitching covers these upgraded components.

There is no word on production, but these type of vehicles are (usually) a showcase for current, upcoming and possible future components. In some cases, Jeep listens to their customers and prototypes can become production-ready. JPP has over 500 components curranty available for Jeep vehicles. They have factory-backed warranties.

For even more Gladiator news, check out the recent announcement on the Jeep Gladiator Willys. Check out this detailed walk-around video of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept below:

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