The Humvee may be no more, but the company behind it, AM General, is thinking of making another light tactical vehicle. But what vehicle will they base it on since they don't plan to do it from scratch?
They did not have to look far as the company recently revelaed the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) Concept. While the name may be a mouthful to say, the vehicle itself looks like it is ready for tactical duty. This is the first time that AM General, along with Jeep have collaborated once more after the World War 2-era Willys MB.
“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck. AM General identified the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever, with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity – as the ideal platform on which to develop the Extreme Military-Grade concept vehicle,” said Andy Hove, AM General president.
For their initial concept, AM General decided to transfrom the Gladiator into a mobile communications truck for use in the field. This will not be its sole configuration, however, as this is only one of the many variants AM General can develop to meet specific customer requierments. With its off-road capability, towing capacity, as well as the ability to carry heavy loads. The company can even convert the Gladiator XMT into other purpose-built tactical vehicles. These include a personnel transport carrier configuration, and as a command & control truck.
However, don't expect to see these modified Gladiator to be on the battlefied soon. AM General made it clear that this particular concept is only to gauge customer interest and gather feedback for now. In the future though, AM General could begin production of these miltary-spec Gladiators in the second half of 2020. Both gasoline-powered and turbo-diesel versions will be available once production officially starts.
Should the US military express interest, perhaps the Jeep will return to active duty once more. It would be a sight to see a modern day Jeep succeed the role of the original Willy's MB.