Jeep and AM General Debut a New Light Tactical Vehicle Concept
It’s starting to feel like every automaker is signing some form of contract with the U.S. Army lately. They all want a piece of the pie and produce specially designed vehicles for the men and women of the armed forces. With all the new projects, it may be easy to forget the original automaker that worked side-by-side with the U.S. Army back in the day. That’s right, it’s Jeep®, and to remind us who the original bulldog is, AM General and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have partnered up to develop a new Light Tactical Concept Vehicle, the Jeep Gladiator XMT.
AM General is known as the leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, and with Jeep becoming a new partner, the two recently introduced their new light tactical concept vehicle at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). The full name of the concept is “Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck” but are going with Gladiator XMT for code – you know how it is, Lima Oliver Lima. That’s army-speak for “LOL”.
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT…The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts unmatched functionality, versatility and especially capability, including two advanced 4×4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles – the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle… We’re proud to partner with AM General, we look forward to gauging interest and gathering feedback on the Jeep Gladiator XMT, and we’re excited about potential future opportunities,” – Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America
The Gladiator XMT reunites two companies with histories that trace back to World War II, and it is only the first phase of collaboration between them. It’s unclear if they mean to produce a civilian-style retail model of the Gladiator XMT, but AM General also made use of the Gladiator’s class-leading capabilities and customized the truck to meet the needs of global consumers for a light-weight military truck. That could be interesting and might put those Hummers in their place!
So, let’s take a look at the Gladiator XMT. Designed for specialized use, the concept focuses largely on parts and accessories that amplify the Jeep Gladiator’s leading off-road maneuverability. This was achieved by AM General upfitting the Jeep Gladiator with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts for a more rugged appeal to truck and improve its ability to traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions. In addition, AM General enhanced the capability of the Gladiator provide its end users with the appropriate equipment for the job at hand – in the case of the army, tactical communications and service.
Whether or not this concept takes off depends on the feedback and interest in the military marketplace. If all goes well, production will begin in the second half of 2020. Alongside the gas model, a diesel version may also be offered to military consumers. Jeep is going back to their roots to start off the second decade of the 21st Century and AM General is helping to put them in the spotlight Follow along with all Jeep-related news when you follow Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on social media.