AM General’s Upgraded Humvee NXT 360 Arrives Stronger And More Capable Than Before

The civilian Hummer H1 had a good long run; a good decade and a half before GM pulled the plug. But the military version was around a lot longer than that… and what’s more is that it’s still in production.

But while the basic package has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction way back in 1984, its manufacturer has just revealed a substantially upgraded version.

AM General revealed the enhanced NXT 360 version of the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or “Humvee”) at the Eurosatory military equipment expo in Paris, bringing with it a series of upgrades to make it even more utile while offering better protection for the personnel inside.

Not the least of those upgrades is the installation of a more powerful engine. It’s still a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8, but instead of the 190 hp (142 kW) and 380 lb-ft (515 Nm) of torque with which it came initially, this new electronically controlled version packs a far more robust 250 hp (186 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm). And instead of a three- or four-speed automatic transmission, the NXT 360 packs six.

Coupled with an upgraded suspension, that gives the Humvee NXT 360 a higher payload capacity – the gross vehicle weight rating now up to 15,500 pounds (7,100 kg). Considering that the vehicle itself only weighs about a third that amount, that means it could (theoretically) haul another two of itself, and do so across a wide array of terrain.

An upgraded central tire inflation system (now with two compressors), greater wheel travel, bigger tires, higher ground clearance, and increased approach and departure angles also mean it can go where previous Humvees couldn’t.

Plus it can withstand barrage from stronger weapons thanks to improved armor – all the while retaining the same tried-and-tested platform, accepting the same array of equipment (like the new Hawkeye 105mm Howitzer cannon kit), without changing its basic footprint. Perhaps best of all is that the NXT 360 can be ordered not only on newly manufactured Humvees, but retrofitted to existing ones, too.

“What excites me about the NXT 360 is our ability to intently listen to the customer and utilize our engineering expertise to develop and deliver a solution that builds on the core strengths of the successful HMMWV platform,” said AM General CEO Andy Hove. “The NXT 360 provides added protection, payload capacity, and superior handling performance to perform in any rugged or urban environment.”

 

  • Jay

    Looks more like it’s been retrofitted than upgraded. Literally everything looks like add on parts. I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that as long is it’s functional. Good luck Am General there’s a lot of competition now.

    • Yeah I think the kit would be a big sell, but so far proper retrofit humvee hasn’t really take off, most customer ordered up-armoured kit and a lot US and non-US company already offer those. And you are right about a lot of customer there.

  • Humvee is in their last breath, I doubt they can get more new customer, their big business was in providing OEM maintenance and spares to existing customer.

    What I can see here is that they are targeting recipient of FMS surplus, offering affordable upgrades than procure next gen carrier like Hawkei or JLTV.

    • Thunderbolt

      FMS needs Congress approval. The Chin tried to buy the whole company a few years ago but failed.

      • FactChecker90803

        They tried to buy the Hummer Division from GM, but GM reneged becouse the Chinese company wanted full “IP” rights to the GM GMT800, GMT820, GMT830 full size and GMT345 mid size truck platforms. GM wisely decided not to sell there core “IP” property.

        AM General the maker of the Humvee, is a major American Defense Contractor, that manufactures and refurbishes trucks and armored vehicles for the defense dept, and contract manufacture vehicles for Mercedes Benz, Bae Land Systems, Force Protection and General Dynamics.

      • See the FactChecker there, The Chinese want to buy Hummer road car brand, not the AM General, the manufacturer of Humvee.

  • Bash

    I read somewhere that this is a B7-level armored protection vehicle, I don’t know what that means, but this thing has a 15mm steel thickness that form its body. its insane, but i don’t know if people or or better said governments still buy them.

    • B7 is one of the highest level of protection for light armored vehicle, it means that the car can withstand 7,62x51mm NATO bullets and equivalent. To give you into perspective M4 Carbine uses smaller 5,56mm NATO and 7,62 are used by M240 machine gun in US Army.

      I think people will still buy them, mostly armies that uses large number of Humvee (Iraqi army or Saudi Arabia for example).

  • robotlogic

    This is what you want to be in when exploring with the potential of people shooting at you and trying to blow you up.

    • It’s definitely cheaper than buy new vehicles, especially if you had large number of Humvee in your military.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    I want it.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    To be purchased mostly by overly macho realtors and multi-level marketers in 5…4…3…

  • This is one of the most common misconception about armored vehicles, like every single vehicle needs to be able to withstand IED blast, in reality you need multiple type of vehicle, if you just doing reconaissence or just patrol, you don’t need MRAP to do that. This upgraded humvee is sufficed enough for most of carrier duty.

    Also this car were targeted among users of Humvee as an affordable upgrade package.

  • I know what V-shapped hulls were, I happened to work in defense industry, it’s just public conceptions were that every single army vehicle needed to be able to withstand certain caliber of weapons and explosives. Humvee where an old design that despite it’s shortcoming, in can still works in different types of area.

    • Astonman

      Definitely not the Middle East. Since IED are easy to make, this vehicle is very limited in its usage.

      • Funny since the MEA is one of the largest Humvee user in the world, Iraqi army is one of the largest user there I believe, beside Saudi Arabia. While Saudi Arabian army can afford advanced vehicle like MRAP, Iraqi army don’t and that the retrofits would appeal to them. Beside even large army like Saudi still has second rate unit that can’t afford the best equipment and had to do with Humvee, this would increase their combat effectiveness.

        • Astonman

          You’re probably right about the usage – but it’s still not the best. That is the reason the U.S. is switching, and selling them to someone else while they get the better machines. The new ones are better just not the best.

          • Yeah it isn’t but again not everyone can afford new equipment so this is a good choice for those with limited budget.

          • Astonman

            True.

  • I’m not saying that don’t go buy an MRAP, it’s just by your words, you implied that every single vehicle needs to be an MRAP, Humvee is in process of decommissioning and in frontline they are being replaced by JLTV.

    But clearly AM General has leaving possible sales to US Army anymore, they now target overseas customer and current existing Humvee export user. In some countries like Phillipines, this up armoured Humvee is suited for their needs.

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