FCA, AM General develop military version of Jeep Gladiator pickup

FCA, AM General develop military version of Jeep Gladiator pickup

Gladiator XMT light tactical vehicle shown to U.S. Army officials in Washington.

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Washington, D.C. – Military vehicle company AM General, maker of the Humvee and other vehicles, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have developed a new light tactical concept vehicle based on FCA’s Jeep Gladiator pickup.

Show off at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) by AM General is the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II. In creating the Jeep Gladiator XMT, AM General customized the truck to meet global customers’ needs for a light-weight military truck.

“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. He adds that the truck’s capabilities make “the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”

AM General identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Jeep Gladiator’s off-road maneuverability and enhance its capability to provide the appropriate equipment for tactical communications and service.

The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted by AM General with custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts.

As with the 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.

Pending feedback and interest in the military marketplace, production could begin in the second half of 2020. In addition to the gas model, Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers as a diesel version.