Jeep recently announced that it is once again partnering with AM General to develop a new light tactical concept vehicle for the military. Dubbed the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck, or XMT, the new vehicle concept made its debut at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army. The new Jeep Gladiator XMT will compete against the GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, for adoption by the U.S. Army.
AM General is best known for the military Humvee and civilian Hummer, and has a history of collaboration with Jeep that dates back to World War II and the iconic Willys MB. Now, the two companies are pitting their latest military project against the new GM Defense ISV to catch the eye of the Army.
As the name suggests, the Jeep Gladiator XMT is based on the same 2020 Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup currently sold to the public. However, to prep it for the battlefield, the XMT version is stripped down to the bare essentials and boasts a variety of military-grade equipment, with both custom and commercially available parts onboard.
This includes two 4×4 systems, locking differentials, enormous BFGoodrich tires, tow hooks and extensive underbody protection via a series of skid plates. The Jeep also boasts impressive approach, breakover and departure angles, and is offered with both diesel and gas powerplant options.
Meanwhile, the GM Defense ISV is built on the same GMT 31XX platform as the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and is motivated by a 2.8L diesel powerplant producing 186 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. GM Defense has yet to announce a gas engine option at this time.
Like the Jeep, the GM Defense ISV also uses a number of custom and commercially available parts, including bits developed by Chevy Performance and standard spec plucked from the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, such as long-travel Multimatic DSSV dampers, front upper control arms, jounce shocks, long-travel rear leaf springs, a steel driveshaft and ball-spline half shafts.
The GM Defense ISV also comes with loads of underbody protection and impressive approach, breakover and departure angles. What’s more, the ISV also appears to offer greater seating capacity than that of the XMT, based on pictures of the two vehicles.
Moving forward, military feedback and interest will determine which of these vehicles will see adoption. Either way, production is slated to ramp up next year.