Check out this new military-grade version of the Jeep Gladiator.
It's been a long time since AM General had their hands on a Jeep product--not since World War II when they were making the original Willys Jeeps. But with the arrival of the Jeep Gladiator, AM General has finally decided to give Jeep a second look
What they decided was that the Gladiator would be the perfect platform to create a new light tactical truck. At the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army, AM General introduced assembled army professionals to the Jeep Gladiator XMT Tactical Light Pickup. XMT, in this case, stands for "Extreme Military-Grade Truck." Guess even Army generals fall victim to automotive marketing.
AM General says that the XMT is made using both custom and commercially available parts and can be customized to fit any mission type. They don't go too much into the specifics, but what we can see shows a new front bumper with grille guard and a winch. There are also rock rails, tube doors, and new seats with a three-point harness system. There are also some new side mirrors, enormous BF Goodrich off-road tires, and a pair of radio antennae in the back.
“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 Jeep CEO Jim Morrison. “The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts unmatched functionality, versatility and especially capability – including two advanced 4×4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles – the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”
At launch, AM General plans to offer the XMT with the standard 3.6-L Pentastar V6 gas engine to start (providing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, in case you were wondering). However, if there's enough interest, they mentioned selling the XMT with the 3.0-L EcoDiesel V6 with its 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Diesel engines are typically better-suited to military applications due to the greater abundance of diesel fuel in the military.