Jeep was born to serve the military and they’re returning to their roots by unveiling the all-new Gladiator XMT.
Developed by AM General, the truck is a light tactical vehicle which was introduced earlier today at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army.
Billed as an “Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT),” the model is based on the Gladiator and modified by AM General. The company didn’t go into specifics, but said they have identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Gladiator’s capability and off-road maneuverability.
That isn’t much to go on, but the picture shows the Gladiator has been equipped with a rugged front bumper, a grille guard and a winch. We can also see rock rails, tubular doors and special seats with three-point harnesses. The truck also has new mirrors and special wheels that are wrapped in massive BFGoodrich tires.
Little else is known about the truck, but Jeep’s North American boss, Jim Morrison, said the Gladiator is a “perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle” as it features “incredible approach, breakover and departure angles” as well as unmatched versatility, capability and functionality.
While the Gladiator XMT is a concept, the companies hinted the truck could go into production during the second half of 2020. Jeep also said they could offer a diesel version as a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will become available on the Gladiator next year. It produces 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque.
There would also be a petrol engine in the form of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It’s rated at 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.