Jeep’s roots are embedded in the battlefield. The first Willys Jeep was built to help get U.S. army troops where they needed to be in WWII and now the brand is set to return to the forefront of global conflicts with the help of Hendrick Dynamics.
According to The Toledo Blade, the U.S. Army is currently looking for vehicles that could help to ferry troops and cargo across tough terrain and that would be lighter and more agile than other vehicles at their disposal. Hendrick Dynamics thinks their specially prepared Jeep Commando, which was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is perfect for the job.
“We’ve got a really good opportunity to deliver to the Army a highly capable platform at a significantly reduced cost,” said Marshall Carlson, Hendrick Dynamics general manager. “One of the best points of the project is you’re starting with such an incredibly capable vehicle which comes right off the line in Toledo.”
So far Hendrick has built 14 Jeep Commando prototypes including a two-door version called the Commando 2 (pictured), a four-door Commando 4 and a pickup called the Commando S. The vehicles could be easily modified to perform a range of jobs and would also be cost-effective due to the Wrangler’s existing availability as a civilian vehicle.
The Army is expected to release a request for proposals for the new light vehicle project before the end of 2016. We might be a bit biased, but if we were Uncle Sam, we’d be taking a serious look at bringing the legendary Jeep name back to the battlefield with the help of Hendrick.
Visit Hendrick Dynamics’ dedicated Jeep Commando website for more information.