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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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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.

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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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Cause of Jeep Wrangler ‘death wobble’ found, automaker says, promising free fix

Jeep thinks it knows how to kill the “death wobble.”

The notorious issue presents itself as a violent vibration at high speeds and is a common complaint among Jeep Wrangler owners. It has also been reported in vehicles from several brands that feature solid front axles, including heavy-duty pickups.

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The Wrangler uses this type of axle primarily because it provides better articulation in off-road situations than an independent suspension, and better protection for the drivetrain when it strikes rocks and other hard obstacles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has investigated the wobble in the Jeeps and has, so far, determined that it does not pose a significant safety risk. There have been no known accidents or injuries connected to it, but owners continue to file complaints with the agency, the automaker and social media sites.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Jeep has tracked the issue on the latest generation of the Wrangler —  known as the JL – to the steering damper. The chief technical compliance officer, Mark Chernoby, told the paper that a design flaw allowed air to get in at cold temperatures, reducing vibration control at certain frequencies.

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The damper is mounted horizontally alongside the axle. (Jeep)

“When you hit a bump in the road, if everything is just right, this suspension can set off that resonance, and what we started seeing is as soon as it got cold this past fall, early winter, we started seeing complaints,” Chernoby said.

The damper has now been reengineered; JL Wrangler owners are being notified that they can ask to have the part replaced for free through a customer service program. A Jeep spokesperson said an internal study found that only the JL Wrangler, introduced for the 2018 model year, requires this particular fix.

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The automaker has issued technical service bulletins to dealers advising them of a similar issue with the previous generation JK Wrangler, and offered several possible causes, including the installation of after-market equipment, incorrect tire pressure and worn steering and suspension components.

Jeep parent Fiat Chrysler is facing a federal class-action lawsuit related to the issue in 2015-2018 models that includes a buyback program as one potential remedy.

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The 1,000 hp Hennessey Maximus is the Jeep Gladiator from Hell

The new Jeep Gladiator is one of the hottest trucks of the year and just hitting showrooms, but Hennessey Performance is already offering a custom version it thinks is much more entertaining.

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(Hennessey)

The Texas-based tuner’s Maximus 1000 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that’s been shoehorned under the hood and modified to deliver 1,000 horsepower. That’s nearly four times as much as the Gladiator’s factory 285 hp V6 can muster.

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(Hennessey)

The 4×4 truck is also fitted with unique bumpers, leather upholstery with Maximus badging, an LED light bar, 20-inch wheels, and a 6-inch lift kit. Pricing is similarly sky high and starts at $200,000, with just 24 examples to be built over the next year.

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(Hennessey)

And while Jeep currently sells a Hellcat-powered version of the Grand Cherokee, it won’t be putting it in the Gladiator or Wrangler it’s based on.

Company boss Tim Kuniskis told Drive that the motor will fit, but not with enough room left over to pass government crash tests, which don’t apply to aftermarket builds.

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Rare Jeep CJ listed on Ebay for $1 million

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A million dollars for a Jeep CJ?

That was the asking price for a very rare 1973 CJ-5 Super Jeep listed for sale on Ebay.

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The Super Jeep was a limited edition special AMC threw together when it was running low on aluminum wheels for the CJ-5 Renegade and needed something special for showrooms.

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Along with a set of white-painted steelies wrapped in whitewall tires, the Super features a chrome front bumper, black wheel arch extensions, roll bar, two-tone interior and a signature stars and stripes decal package that made it look like something from a Marvel comic of the era. Available in a variety of colors and with either a straight-six or V8 engine, only about 300 are believed to have been built, but no one knows for sure. Record keeping for this sort of thing wasn’t so important at the time.

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It’s not known how many survive today, but they are so unusual that one was on display as a special exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum last year. That truck and the one being offered on Ebay were once part of the same collection, and have both been fully restored. The latter is a six-cylinder that remains mechanically original with 61,000 miles on the odometer and has a new old stock vinyl roof and reupholstered seats. But is it really worth $1 million?

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Well, its current owner, Alec Gold, is from a family that owned a Jeep dealership in Brooklyn for six decades, and he apparently knows a few things about marketing them. He tells Fox News Autos that after word of the Super started spreading through the collector car world and the Jeep was featured on BarnFinds.com, he lowered the asking price a little bit … to $45,500, which is what he planned to sell it for all along.

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That’s definitely more in line with what similar ones have traded hands for recently and just above the Hagerty Price Guide estimate for the model, which is still super cool regardless of what it’s worth today.

If you do happen to have $1 million burning a hole in your pocket and are looking for something odd to spend it on, don’t worry, because there’s a 1964 VW Beetle with 23 miles on the odometer for sale in Oregon that should fit the very big bill.

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