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Jeep, AM General team up on military-spec Gladiator pickup

Jeep has forged an unlikely alliance to build a new war machine.

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The Gladiator XMT features a combination of consumer and custom military parts. (Jeep/AM General)

The automaker has teamed up with AM General to create a military-spec version of the new Jeep Gladiator pickup called the Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military-Grade Truck.)

Indiana-based AM General is the company behind the HMMWV — more commonly known as the Humvee — which was the most visible successor to the line of Jeep vehicles that traced their history to World War II and later spawned General Motors’ Hummer brand. However, Jeep and AM General are both descendants of Kaiser Jeep, so the tie-up represents something of a reunion of the two brands.

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The WWII-era Willys MB spawned a line of military vehicles that were built into the 1970s. (Jeep)

According to the partners, AM General approached Jeep with the idea to turn the all-new Gladiator into a Light Tactical Vehicle after noting its capabilities, which include a rugged 4×4 drivetrain and very high payload and towing ratings for a midsize pickup.

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The Gladiator XMT has been envisioned as a command and control vehicle. (Jeep/AM General)

While their exact specifications have not been detailed, the concept XMTs revealed at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual exposition feature a combination of commercially available parts and custom military equipment, and are primarily aimed at troop transport and communications. Jeep offered a similar military version of the previous-generation Wrangler SUV it called the J8 to foreign militaries starting in 2008, but the XMT could also see duty wearing The Stars and Stripes.

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The J8 was offered in several configurations. (Jeep)

“The Gladiator XMT, if pursued, would be offered worldwide but with a clear focus on providing a cost-effective solution to the U.S. military in a number of possible roles,” a Jeep spokesman told Fox News Autos.

“We would expect the Gladiator XMT to be used for logistics and support, command and control, border security and peacekeeping activities. However, its flexibility and exceptional performance will make it suitable for a variety of additional military and governmental roles.”

AM General said it could begin filling orders for the Glaxiator XMT as soon as next year. The civilian version of the Gladiator starts at $35,040.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle looks to enlist in US Army

General Motors has landed a $1 million contract to build two midsize trucks for the U.S. Army. But they’re pretty cool trucks.

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(GM Defense)

The automaker’s recently established GM Defense subsidiary has unveiled a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup-based Infantry Squad Vehicle that is being considered for acquisition by the military branch. The trucks trade their pickup profiles for an open-top nine-passenger troop-toting configuration, with three rows of seating plus two side-facing seats in the rear. They’re all equipped with four-point harnesses and the truck provides easy access since there are no doors, just a roll cage that offers attachments for gear. It can also be used to strap the truck under a UH-60 helicopter for a lift, unless you’d rather park it in a Ch-47 Chinook, where it fits just fine.

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(GM Defense)

GM says the vehicle shares 70 percent of its parts with the Colorado ZR2, including a suspension that features unique Multimatic DSSV shocks that were originally developed for racing and sports cars. Their advanced design allows for high-speed running as well as high-jumping.

And while the ZR2 is available with a gasoline V6, the test trucks use its optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which is rated at 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

“Our ISV entry is a fully-integrated platform that leverages decades of GM’s engineering, manufacturing and quality expertise at scale to provide the most cost-efficient, reliable and effective answer possible to meet and exceed the Army’s demanding requirements,” GM Defense President David Albritton said about the proposal.

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(GM Defense)

GM President Mark Reuss added in a promotional video that “it makes me so proud as an American to be able to prepare something like this that keeps our troops safe and keeps them on the leading and cutting edge of technology.”

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(GM Defense)

Testing of the trucks will begin in November at the Army’s Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, where they will be competing against submissions from the teams of Oshkosh/Flyer Defense and SAIC/Polaris for a contract to be awarded in March to build 651 vehicles through 2024.

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Apple drops ‘Jeep’ from emoji search, and Jeep loves it

There is no emoji for a “Jeep,” at least not anymore.

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(FoxNews.com)

In its latest iOS update, Apple has removed “Jeep” from the list of words that generate an emoji that looks like a small, blue utility vehicle.

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(FoxNews.com)

FCA Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois said Jeep was opposed to the image being connected to the brand, according to Ad Age, and has now launched a humorous #thisisnotaJeep ad campaign on social media celebrating the change.

Jeep is known for relentlessly protecting its trademark, because the name is often used as a generic term for an off-road vehicle.

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No other automaker’s names launch the emoji, but it does show up as a selection when you type car, SUV or automobile into a message.

TESTED: 2020 JEEP GLADIATOR PICKUP

But while Jeep is looking to distance itself from generic emoji associations, earlier this year Ford submitted a pickup emoji that it designed to the Unicode Consortium, which doesn’t already recognize one.

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Although it’s mostly generic, the image includes the distinctive dropped door window shape of the Ford F-150. However, if accepted, the final version will likely be stripped of any brand-identifiable styling elements.

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Spied: ‘Baby’ Ford Bronco caught on camera ahead of upcoming reveal

A baby Bronco has been spotted in the wild. Not a horse, a Ford.

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(Brian Williams)

An automotive spy photographer caught a disguised vehicle being tested on a dirt road that evidence suggests is the automaker’s upcoming Bronco-inspired small crossover utility vehicle.

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(Brian Williams)

Ford has confirmed it has such a vehicle in the works that shares some underpinnings with the 2020 Escape, but features a more rugged look and off-road capability. The name of the model hasn’t been announced, but the automaker has recently filed trademark applications for Maverick, Timberline and Bronco Scout, any of which would fit the bill.

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(Brian Williams)

Until now, Ford has only officially released a teaser rendering of the model, which is scheduled to debut next year. However, leaked photos from a dealer meeting last November depicted a vehicle that had the same rounded hood and profile as the test car, which has been fitted with boxy elements under its black and white wrap.

Along with the compact SUV, Ford has a true Bronco truck reboot in the works that’s based on the new Ford Ranger and scheduled to go on sale for the 2021 model year when it will compete with the Jeep Wrangler while the baby Bronco likely goes after the Cherokee.

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New Ford Bronco could spawn a ‘Scout’

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The new Ford Bronco may be sporting the name of another classic SUV, just not one of Ford’s.

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The Blue Oval brand has filed trademark applications for both the Scout and Bronco Scout names.

Uncovered by Ford Authority, the protections are being sought for the use of the names on vehicles and parts. Ford has a new truck-based Bronco in the works, along with a smaller crossover model built on the same platform as the Ford Escape. It’s possible that Ford is thinking about putting the name on the latter, or using it as a trim level of one of the vehicles, but a company spokesman told Autoblog that the filings don’t indicate definitive plans to use the name.

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This 2004 Bronco concept may suggest the styling of the upcoming SUV. (Ford)

The International Harvester Scout was among original Ford Bronco’s main rivals until the line was discontinued in 1980. The Scout name has also appeared on a number of vehicles from other brands sold around the world. According to Hagerty, International Harvester’s successor company still owns an active trademark on the Scout name for vehicles over 2,400 pounds.

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(International Harvester)

Ford is expected to unveil both of its new SUVs over the course of the coming year.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV looks ready to get down and dirty

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Mercedes-Benz already has seven SUVs in its lineup, but it looks as if it has one more ready to squeeze its way in. Well, more like muscle its way in.

The Concept GLB debuting at the Shanghai Auto Show is a sneak peek at a likely future compact crossover utility with rugged features and some off-road capability.

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(Mercedes-Benz)

The seven-passenger vehicle is sized between the GLA and GLC and has boxier and bulkier styling than either of them. From its black fender flares to its pronounced rocker panels and raised right height, it appears to be from an alternate future where Daimler-Chrysler never broke up and Jeep merged with Mercedes-Benz instead.

The formula is similar to what Ford is using to design a Bronco-inspired utility vehicle based on the Escape.

BABY BRONCO LEAKED?

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In concept form, the all-wheel-drive GLB is equipped with a 224 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that can be locked to split the power 50:50 between the front and rear wheels for light off-roading. Rails, spotlights and a storage box on the roof highlight its expeditionary intentions.

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(Mercedes-Benz)

In the spirit of the hardcore G-Class, the GLB’s interior is overdressed with leather, suede and real wood trim and has a short dashboard fitted with round vents and dual 12.3-inch displays just like its big sister. Despite the GLB’s small overall length, Mercedes-Benz says the third row can fit “medium-size’ adults, and the second row slides fore and aft to customize the use of the space.

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(Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t confirmed plans to put it into production, but did point out that the original GLA Concept was unveiled at the same show in 2013 and was in showrooms the following year.

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