AM General, a manufacturer of light tactical vehicles based in Indiana, and the Jeep brand of Auburn Hills-based FCA, have introduced the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT), a light tactical concept vehicle, at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army. Pending feedback and market interest, production could begin in the second half of 2020.
The truck is the first phase of a collaboration. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity. AM General customized the vehicle to make it a suitable light-weight military truck.
“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,” says Andy Hove, president and CEO of AM General.
AM General identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Gladiator’s off-road maneuverability and enhance its capability to provide appropriate equipment for tactical communications and service. The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted with custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts.
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT,” says 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.”
AM General can also convert the Gladiator XMT into mission-specific light-weight tactical trucks based on customer requirements.
The vehicle would be offered as gas and diesel models.
AM General has facilities in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.