Jeep® and AM General have partnered to forge the new Jeep® Gladiator into something more than just a rugged off-road vehicle. Transformed into the Jeep® Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck, the vehicle pays tribute to the brand’s battle-tested legacy, a reminder of what the brand was all about when more than 640,000 Jeep® vehicles were built during World War II.
Like Jeep®, AM General also has a storied military history. “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, head of Jeep® in North America.
To perform under extreme conditions, the Gladiator XMT resorted to extreme measures. Offered in both gas- and turbodiesel-powered variants, it features 16-inch wheels wrapped in massive, BFGoodrich 33-inch off-road tires, two 4×4 systems, skid plates, locking differentials and of course, tow hooks.
The Gladiator XMT also has a 30-degree approach angle, 30-degree departure angle, and a winch that can withstand up to 12,000 pounds. The vehicle itself weighs an incredible 12,800 pounds, though it’s not clear how much that compromises the standard Gladiator’s 1,600-pound payload capacity and 7,650-pound towing capacity.
No doubt, this is a vehicle that’s even more capable off-road than the already quite capable, standard Gladiator. And though it’s just a concept for now, it’s designed to do more than just show the automaker’s patriotism and capability for building tough vehicles. AM General is confident it will be building more models for the U.S. Army by late 2020, including custom variants tailor-made for mission-specific requirements.
Obviously, you won’t find the Gladiator XMT for sale at Carl Hogan Automotive. But if you’re not the U.S. army, the standard Gladiator should have more than enough capability for your needs.