The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the brand’s aboriginal auto in about three decades, and aims to action a different alloy of off-road and abundant carriage capability. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu brought it to the Monticello Motor Club to see if it lives up to the Jeep name.
Jeep has artificial an absurd accord to body a new war machine.
The Gladiator XMT appearance a aggregate of customer and custom aggressive parts. (Jeep/AM General)
The automaker has teamed up with AM General to actualize a military-spec adaptation of the new Jeep Gladiator auto alleged the Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military-Grade Truck.)
Indiana-based AM General is the aggregation abaft the HMMWV — added frequently accepted as the Humvee — which was the best arresting almsman to the band of Jeep cartage that traced their history to World War II and afterwards spawned General Motors’ Hummer brand. However, Jeep and AM General are both birth of Kaiser Jeep, so the amalgamation represents article of a alliance of the two brands.
The WWII-era Willys MB spawned a band of aggressive cartage that were congenital into the 1970s. (Jeep)
According to the partners, AM General approached Jeep with the abstraction to about-face the all-new Gladiator into a Light Tactical Agent afterwards acquainted its capabilities, which accommodate a asperous 4×4 drivetrain and actual aerial burden and towing ratings for a midsize pickup.
The Gladiator XMT has been envisioned as a command and ascendancy vehicle. (Jeep/AM General)
While their exact blueprint accept not been detailed, the abstraction XMTs appear at the Association of the U.S. Army’s anniversary account affection a aggregate of commercially accessible genitalia and custom aggressive equipment, and are primarily aimed at troop carriage and communications. Jeep offered a agnate aggressive adaptation of the previous-generation Wrangler SUV it alleged the J8 to adopted militaries starting in 2008, but the XMT could additionally see assignment cutting The Stars and Stripes.
The J8 was offered in several configurations. (Jeep)
“The Gladiator XMT, if pursued, would be offered common but with a bright focus on accouterment a cost-effective band-aid to the U.S. aggressive in a cardinal of accessible roles,” a Jeep agent told Fox News Autos.
“We would apprehend the Gladiator XMT to be acclimated for acumen and support, command and control, bound aegis and peacekeeping activities. However, its adaptability and aberrant achievement will accomplish it acceptable for a array of additional aggressive and authoritative roles.”
AM General said it could activate bushing orders for the Glaxiator XMT as anon as abutting year. The noncombatant adaptation of the Gladiator starts at $35,040.
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