Jeep has returned to its military roots by partnering with tactical vehicle maker AM General to develop the Jeep Gladiator XMT which could enter production in 2020.
Jeep has partnered with tactical vehicle manufacturer, AM General, to develop the Jeep Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military Vehicle). Presented this week at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) the Jeep Gladiator XMT is intended as a light military vehicle only.
The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted by AM General with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to create, AM General said, “an even more rugged truck that can traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions and is ready to meet varied military customer requirements”.
To that end, the Gladiator XMT can, AM General said, be tweaked for mission-specific roles.
“AM General can also apply its manufacturing and engineering expertise to convert the Gladiator XMT into mission-specific and purposeful light-weight tactical trucks based on customer requirements. Whether the need is to have a rugged personnel transport carrier or a command and control truck, the company has demonstrated through the Enhanced Tactical Kit (ETK) offerings on Humvee, its ability to deliver solutions that are customer-driven and cost-effective”.
“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” said AM General President and CEO Andy Hove. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach and potentially enter new military markets.”
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “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,” Morrison added.