AM General, together with the Jeep brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), introduced a new light tactical concept vehicle Oct 14th 2019 at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA).
Deep historical connections
The Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) represents the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II.
“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” said AM CEO Andy Hove. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach.”
AM General stated that they recognized the 2020 Jeep Gladiator with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and 1,600 pounds of payload capacity as the the most capable midsize truck ever and thus an excellent platform for the Gladiator XMT. As with the proven and versatile Humvee, AM General will apply its manufacturing and engineering expertise to convert the XMT into mission-specific and purposeful light-weight tactical truck.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator builds on Jeep’s rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design and best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload.
Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, the Gladiator Combines traditional Jeep brand attributes with strong truck credentials. Village Jeep (Royal Oak, MI) says a multitude of technology features are now offered such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
Superior 4×4 capabilities
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with the ability to perform in a variety of off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch All-Terrain off-road tires.
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading craftsmanship. The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.