GM submits this new Chevy Colorado ZR2-based military-spec off-road truck for U.S. military to consider as their next tactical vehicle/troop carrier.
Some of the military requirements include capability to carry up to nine troops and their gear at highway speeds on and off-road. It needs to be light enough to be carried by a Blackhawk helicopter, and small enough to fit inside a Chinook helicopter.
This new entry from General Motors has a lot of competition. Although the following vehicles may not be related to the same contract specification, they are all configured for military use. Jeep and AM General recently showed a Jeep Gladiator XMT. There is also the Polaris A1 Dagor
It appears that the military still has a very strong appetite for diesel-powered vehicles. This latest GM Defense troop carrier prototype is powered by a familiar 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Here are several other looks at this latest GM Defense truck prototype.
Here is a close look at several other military stoop carrier vehicles, some of which we saw testing in Moab, Utah this summer.