The Jeep Wrangler Commando is Ready for War (and Peace)
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is made out of tough stuff. How tough? Tough enough to be the basis for the Hendrick Dynamics Commando, an ultralight tactical vehicle designed for use by the U.S. military.
In testing, drivers preferred Wranglers – most of which were Rubicons – over those offered by competing manufacturers, according to FourWheeler. Aside from their agility, one of the Wranglers’ main selling points was their Electronic Stability Control because rollovers are some of the most common Army vehicle accidents that result in fatalities.
The military Commando uses a 197-horsepower/339-lb.-ft. 2.8L turbodiesel to carry up to 3,300 of payload on a cargo tray directly attached to the frame. Three body styles are offered; the pickup Commando S is based on a JKU with a JK-8 kit.
Inside, the civilian-friendly trim is gone. However, the Commando does get gear such as suspension seats and four-point harnesses. Underneath, the Rubicon’s electronically disconnectable anti-sway bar has been removed to save weight and complexity.
The company is partnering with DSI (Dealer Services International) to bring a civilian version of the Commando to market. They’ve created a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6-powered concept vehicle with a Rubicon Express adjustable front track bar, an upgraded front driveshaft, a lift, and an engine oil skidplate. Other parts include heavy-duty upper and lower control arms and 3.5-inch coils and shocks.
Pricing hasn’t been determined for the non-military Commando model, but the plan is for the vehicle to be available with a warranty at Jeep dealerships.
For all of the details about both Commando variations and to see an extensive gallery of pictures of them, hit the FourWheeler link below.
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