AM General, which provides the Humvee to the U.S. military and the original Hummer vehicles in conjunction with General Motors, has joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to introduce a new light tactical concept vehicle, the Jeep Gladiator XMT.
XMT is short for Extreme Military-Grade Truck and was revealed this week at the annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
“In creating the Jeep Gladiator XMT, AM General leveraged Gladiator’s class-leading capabilities and customized the truck to meet global customers’ needs for a light-weight military truck,” FCA said in a news release.
“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” AM General president and chief executive Andy Hove was quoted in the announcement.
“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,” added Jim Morrison, head of the 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.”
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator provides 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity in civilian mode, FCA noted.
AM General upfitted the Gladiator with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to “traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions and is ready to meet varied military customer requirements.”
“As with the iconic, proven and versatile Humvee, 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,” the news release noted.
“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.”
Pending orders in the military marketplace, production could begin in the second half of 2020, and FCA and AM General noted that in addition to the current gasoline-powered civilian Gladiator, the XMT would be offered to military customers with a diesel engine.