AM General has a tactical Jeep Gladiator ready to report for duty. This Jeep is far more practical and versatile than previous U.S. Army issued ones. The two companies unveiled a concept named Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) during the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) in Washington, DC.
The Jeep Gladiator is the perfect option to build a lightweight truck for the military. With the design based on the Jeep Wrangler, the Gladiator is ready to take on any terrain. AM General upgraded the truck with an array of existing and custom-made accessories including seats, bigger tires, a winch, and cargo box. Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand-North America said, “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 4X4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles-the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”
The versatility is mainly focused on the bed because of the variety of jobs it can do. It can transport 1,600 pounds of gear, carry soldiers, be outfitted as a mobile command and control center, plus many other duties. The concept runs on gasoline, but the military-spec model will also be available with a turbodiesel engine.
Now, Jeep waits to see if the U.S. Army puts an order in for the Gladiator XMT. It is possible that this truck will be next to defend the front lines. This would be the first time the military has used the Jeep brand in decades. The last Jeep used was the CJ-5 M38A1, and it was in production until 1971. If orders are placed, it will also be the first time Jeep and AM General have worked together in several decades.