Jeep is returning to its military roots with a new light tactical concept vehicle, the Jeep Gladiator XMT. Jeep will be partnering with AM General, the same company that produces the Humvee, to produce the new XMT. A press release announcing the concept noted about the partnership that “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.
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 (EKT) offerings on Humvee, its ability to deliver solutions that are customer-driven, and cost-effective.”
“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, the head of Jeep Brand North America. “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.”
AM General elected the Jeep Gladiator for this project because of the Gladiator’s capabilities. Not only is it an adaptable mid-size truck, it also has more power than other compact trucks out on the market—the Gladiator has a 7,650-pound towing capacity and a 1,600-pound payload capacity. To turn the Gladiator into the XMT, AM General will be enhancing the Gladiator’s existing off-road capabilities. Communication equipment will also be added, making the XMT a viable option for many different uses.
Am General will use custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to complete the modifications. “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,” stated Andy Hove, AM General CEO. Morrison adds, “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.”