We get our first glimpse of the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck.
The Jeep Gladiator could soon find itself in the thick of military life as a light-tactical vehicle. The American heavy vehicle and contract manufacturer AM General, responsible for the HMMWV (more affectionately known as the Humvee) announced the Jeep Gladiator XMT concept as a partnership with FCA this week. Given the Jeep brand's roots stretching back to World War 2 with the original Jeep, it's a partnership that makes a lot of sense.
"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," AM General President and CEO Andy Hove said.
The concept was shown at the Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) in two configurations to gauge interest from the military marketplace. One shows the Gladiator as an open-doored convertible version that would likely operate as a fast and light tactical vehicle and the other as a more traditional truck with a large box over the bed, most likely to house communications equipment for field operations and logistics.
According to AM General, the two Jeep Gladiator vehicles are "custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts," although little more detail has been given yet.
If interest is shown from the right people, AM General says it could be ready to build these military-grade Gladiators as soon as the second half of 2020. Given the adaptability of Jeeps in general and the Gladiator in particular, it's also likely AM General has other flavors of the Jeep Gladiator XMT in mind for specific applications as well as as a general transport vehicle.
AM General also says that, as well as the gas model, Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers with diesel engines. No doubt Jeep would love for its vehicles to feature heavily in the military again to bolster its brand image.