General Motors' defense arm, GM Defense, has posted a video demonstrating part of the capabilities of the new Infantry Squad Vehicle. The infantry transporter is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup platform and is already being supplied to the US Army.
- The ISV design is officially 90% standard components, but in addition to the production Colorado, it uses the development of the sports division of Chevrolet Performance. For example, the suspension of the car has become more long-travel and energy-intensive due to the solutions used in rally-raid pickups.
- The transporter is no longer a pickup: the space of the loading dock is used to install additional seats. As a result, the ISV can move a squad of up to 9 people with equipment over rough terrain.
- The ISV retained the 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel. According to official figures, it develops over 190 hp. and 500 Nm of torque. The transmission employs a six-speed "automatic", a transfer case and an all-wheel drive system with electronic differential locks. In addition, the car was equipped with additional anti-roll bars.
The ISV's body is reinforced with additional high-strength steel protective elements: they cover the engine, transmission elements, fuel tank and shock absorber mounts.
- It is argued that the car turned out to be light and compact enough for transportation by helicopters. The novelty can be transported both on an external suspension and inside the fuselage, for example, on the CH-47 Chinook.
- GM Defense will build 649 such transporters under a $ 214.3 million contract with the US authorities. Over the next eight years, the volume of ISV production may increase to 2065 units.
- About a year ago, AM General turned a production Jeep Gladiator pickup into a military vehicle. The chassis has been reinforced and the body has been modified for the pickup.