Dealer Services International (DSI) has unveiled its COMMANDO Jeep Wrangler concept vehicle. Inspired by the original Hendrick COMMANDO tactical vehicle, this dynamic on-road and offroad performance platform was exclusively showcased at the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.
The COMMANDO Jeep concept vehicle will be auctioned later this year, with proceeds benefiting the Patriot Foundation, providing support to families of airborne and special operations soldiers killed or wounded in combat.
Exhibiting characteristics of its military contemporary, the civilian COMMANDO Jeep concept vehicle is a collaboration between DSI and Charlotte-based Hendrick Dynamics, which worked together in creating its aggressive design, styling and versatile upfit technology, including an exact replication of the authentic COMMANDO Tan exterior color.
Hendrick COMMANDO was a tactical vehicle providing a versatile mobility platform capable of operating across a wide range of missions and terrain, and initially fielded overseas for evaluation purposes in support of a special operations science and technology initiative. Historically, this is the first Jeep utilized in U.S. combat operations since Operation Just Cause in 1989.
“We are very excited to have partnered with Hendrick Dynamics and we believe strongly in what they are doing to help support our troops. Developing a COMMANDO Jeep concept vehicle is a real honor for our team,” said Dan Ciganovich, director of DSI. “In keeping with the ‘No Man Left Behind’ motto, we selected the Patriot Foundation because they ensure each dollar is donated to the men and women in need. They’re also held in high regard among military personnel.”
Similar to the military version, COMMANDO Jeep is one of the most capable, rugged and versatile concept vehicles ever created with its various suspension upgrades, strong but lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels and Pro Comp Xtreme M/T 2 tires, according to DSI. The Jeep can go anywhere with its military-inspired steel flat fender design (for maximum tire clearance and road debris protection) and front-and-rear bumpers with a 9.5K wide-capacity winch to carry hefty loads.
Additional features include a lighting package for night operations, an armor package for extra body protection and a COMMANDO soft goods package covering the seats and top.
“We have always been impressed with DSI’s innovation, versatility and use of advanced technology,” said Marshall Carlson, general manager of Hendrick Dynamics. “Jeep and COMMANDO were born in the military, and it’s exciting to see things come full circle, as we’re once again able to continue our support of the military and their families in a meaningful way through the Patriot Foundation.”
Products installed on the COMMANDO Jeep Concept Vehicle include:
- Rubicon Express Suspension System Upgrade
- 5 – 17″ COMMANDO Pro Comp Alloy Wheels
- 5 – 315/70R-17 Pro Comp Xtreme M/T2 Off-Road Tires
- Smittybilt COMMANDO Rear XRC Gen II Bumper w/ Swing Away Tire Carrier
- Smittybilt COMMANDO Front XRC Gen II Bumper w/ winch mount
- COMMANDO Steel Crusher Fenders by Poison Spyder
- Smittybilt X20 9.5K Winch
- COMMANDO insignia & authentic COMMANDO Tan Color Scheme
- 48″ Explorer Pro Comp LED Light Bars
- 2×2 Explorer Pro Comp Square Cube LED lights
- Smittybilt Cloak Extended Mesh Top
- Smittybilt C-RES.2 Cargo Net
- G.E.A.R. Custom Smittybilt Seat Covers (Front & Rear)
- Smittybilt XRC Atlas Rock Sliders
- Smittybilt XRC Flat Armor Skin (New Front & Rear)