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Military Utility Vehicle

  • 854cc (20.8 hp) diesel engine
  • U.S. Army safety certified
  • Diesel and JP8 fuel compatibility
  • Ground speed of 0 - 20 mph

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The M-Gator™ A1 has a unique, reconfigurable cargo box:

  • 0.41 m3 (14.4 ft3)
  • 1148 mm x 1511 mm x 234 mm (45.2-in. long x 59.5-in. wide x 9.2-in. deep)
  • 10-gauge steel construction
  • 454-kg (1000-lb) capacity
  • Power lift is standard
  • Cargo box positions
    • Tailgate down with one side down
    • Tailgate down with both sides down
    • Tailgate—90 and 180 degrees
  • Eight external tie-downs (three on left and right sides, two on tailgate)
  • Six internal tie-downs
  • Two floor access points for tie-down rings
  • Internal tie-downs positioned to hold two litter carriers
  • Frame reinforcements to support heavy payloads and air drop
Tailgate positions
Tailgate 180 degrees downTailgate 180 degrees down
Tailgate 90 degrees (to extend load floor)Tailgate 90 degrees (to extend load floor)
  • 180 degrees down
    • Simply release the tailgate—it will drop to 180 degrees down
  • 90 degree position (extended load floor)
    • Grab the handle just below tailgate
    • Rotate 90 degrees clockwise
    • Pull black lever and insert the latch into the tailgate
Cargo box tie-down points
Three external tie-downs on each side of cargo boxThree external tie-downs on each side of cargo box
Two external tie-downs on tailgate of cargo boxTwo external tie-downs on tailgate of cargo box
Six internal tie-down points and two access pointsSix internal tie-down points and two access points
Close-up of internal tie-downClose-up of internal tie-down
  • Eight external tie-down points (three on the left and right sides, two on the tailgate)
  • Six internal tie-down points (outlined in red above) with flip-up attachment rings
    • To flip the ring up, push on the flat spot in the ring
  • Two access points (outlined in yellow above) for transport tie-down rings on the bumper
    • To open the access holes, lift the cargo box and use the tab on the hole cover to slide it open
Tie-down points to accommodate two littersTie-down points to accommodate two litters

Tie down points are designed to accommodate two litters in the cargo box.

Dash—right-hand viewDash—right-hand view
Dash—left-hand viewDash—left-hand view

Numerous features offer the operator and passenger a smooth, comfortable ride and provide many operating conveniences.

  • Keyless ignition allows quick operation of the vehicle.
    • Same location as the standard ignition
  • Anti-theft cable lock helps prevent theft of unit.
    • Pull the cable out of the dash, wrap around the steering wheel, and lock.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rifle mount consists of the rifle butt holder on the floor and clip on the glove compartment area.
    • Holds M4 and M16 rifles
  • Side-by-side, high-back bucket seating provides room for one operator and one passenger.

    • Hip restraints serve as a handhold and help to keep the operator and passenger in their seats over rough terrain.
  • 12-V outlet (good for radio/battery charging)
  • Fuel gauge
  • Hour-meter
  • Two cup holders
Keyless ignitionKeyless ignition
Anti-theft cable lockAnti-theft cable lock
Rifle mountRifle mount
Fire extinguisher - located under dash (left side)Fire extinguisher - located under dash (left side)
Side-by-side bucket seatingSide-by-side bucket seating
12-V outlet12-V outlet
854 cm<sup>3</sup> diesel engine 854 cm3 diesel engine

Powered by a 18.5-hp*, 0.854-L (854-cm3), three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-cycle diesel engine, the utility vehicle produces 4.56 kg/m (33 lb-ft) of torque.


*The engine horsepower information is provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. The actual operating horsepower will be less.

The engine offers the following performance and reliability features:

  • Overhead valve design for greater efficiency and fuel economy
  • Full-pressure lubrication system with replaceable oil filter 
  • Dry replaceable single-element air cleaner with remote intake
  • Indirect injection diesel with glow plugs, ensuring fast starts in cold temperatures
  • Spark-arresting muffler (optional)
  • Dual radiator system for additional cooling capacity
  • Deaeration tank that decreases service time and ensures coolant is free from trapped air
  • 20-L (5.3-gal.) fuel tank capacity (diesel and JP-8 fuel compatible)
Dual radiator system
Single fill point (A) and overflow bottle (B)Single fill point (A) and overflow bottle (B)
  • Two radiators
    • One under the seat
    • One under the hood
  • Overflow bottle added under the hood
  • Single under-hood fill point for entire cooling system
  • Increases vehicle cooling capacity by 30 percent to compensate for the large displacement engine
  • Decreased occurrence of cooling system vapor lock
    • Effect achieved by moving the front radiator to a high point in the system and having an overflow bottle
Cooling system access

To access the cooling system and under the hood:

  • Unclip the litter carrier pins on both sides of the hood
  • No tools required
M-Gator A1 drive systemM-Gator A1 drive system

The M-Gator™ A1's power is transmitted from the transaxle to the center axle. The rear axle is driven by roller chains from the center axle.


1. High flotation tires
2. Transaxle
3. Chain drive
4. Engine
5. Variable-speed drive

Key elements of the drive system are as follows:


Variable-speed drive


Consists of two clutches and a drive belt:

  • Drive clutch is attached to the engine.
  • Driven clutch is attached to the transaxle.

Features include:

  • Infinite selection of speeds—0 km/h to 32 km/h (0 mph to 20 mph)
  • No shifting necessary as the operator increases speed
  • Adjusts speed to the load to avoid being bogged down when going uphill or through challenging conditions because the wrong gear was selected
Variable-speed driveVariable-speed drive


1. Idle speed
2. Moderate speed
3. High speed
4. Drive clutch
5. Driven clutch

How variable-speed drive works:

  • As engine speed increases, the spring-loaded drive clutch is closed by weights being forced out from centrifugal force.
  • As the drive clutch closes, the belt rides up to the largest diameter of the drive clutch and forces open the driven clutch.
  • With the belt running in the smallest diameter of the driven clutch, the speed being transferred to the transaxle is increased.
  • The driven clutch is designed to sense varying loads (inclines, mud, etc.) and constantly adjusts the drive speed upward or downward, so engine rpm remains constant.




The transaxle is fully enclosed and runs in oil for reliability.

Helical gears are used for quiet operation.

The differential design reduces scuffing of the turf during turns because the inside wheels turn slower than the outside wheels (vehicles that have a solid axle shaft must skid on the inside wheel when making a turn).

Traction assist (differential lock) is built into the transaxle:

  • Allows locking the rear drive wheels together
  • Provides increased traction in tough spots

A neutral start safety interlock is provided for the engine ignition system.


Bolt-on cast-aluminum rear axle housings provide an extremely strong supporting structure.

  • Large, sealed bearings located inside the housing for better protection
  • Forged-splined shaft for increased torsional strength
OPS - extendedOPS - extended
OPS - foldedOPS - folded
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) certified for rollover protection
  • Can be folded down into the cargo box for transport on aircraft carriers and ships
    • Minimal tools required to fold down the OPS
  • First OPS of its kind on a utility vehicle
  • Lap belts provided for driver and passenger
  • Designed to work in conjunction with R-Gator™ robotics
  • Not compatible with the deluxe cab

NOTE: Does NOT provide protection for occupants on litter carriers.


Front litter carrier
Front litter carrier Front litter carrier
Front litter carrier - flipped forwardFront litter carrier - flipped forward
  • Front litter carrier is standard on the M-Gator A1 (it was an option on the previous version).
  • NATO litter carrier compatible, as well as compatible with many other litter carriers
  • Flips forward to allow access under the hood
  • Rated to hold 250 lb of cargo
  • Designed to hold medical litter
  • Cargo nets available from outside suppliers
  • Not compatible with the deluxe cab


Key Specs m-gator-a1
Current Model
Engine power20.8 (15.5 kw)*
Maximum traveling speed0-20 (0-32.2 km/h) forward, 0-19.4 (0-31.4 km/h) reverse
Cargo box dimensions45.2 In. Long x 59.5 In. Wide x 9.2 In. Deep
1148 mm x 1504 mm x 234 mm
Cargo box capacity1000 lb
454 kg
Towing capacity1400 (635 kg)
Front suspensionIndependent spring over shock, single A-arm
Rear suspensionTwo high-floatation, low pressure tires (solid axles)
Final driveFully enclosed, oil bath
Four wheel drive
Fuel capacity5.3 gal.
20 L
Type4 cycle diesel
Displacement854 cc
Power20.8 (15.5 kw)*
Cooling systemLiquid
TransmissionContinuously variable transmission (CVT)
Final driveFully enclosed, oil bath
Four wheel drive
Traction assist
Descent control
Maximum traveling speed0-20 (0-32.2 km/h) forward, 0-19.4 (0-31.4 km/h) reverse
FrontIndependent spring over shock, single A-arm
RearTwo high-floatation, low pressure tires (solid axles)
TypeWet disk in transaxle
Park brakeWet disk, hand operated
FrontTwo 22.5x10.00-8, 4 PR HDAP
RearFour 25x13.00-9, 4 PR HDAP
Dry weight
Dimensions / Capacities
Wheelbase79 (2006 mm) front to rear, 26.8 (680 mm) mid to rear
Front tread centers50 (1270 mm)
Rear tread centers48 (1220 mm)
Height49.6 (1250 mm) - OPS folded down
Width60 (1525 mm)
Ground clearanceUnder transaxle: 6.4 in.
170 mm
Fuel capacity5.3 gal.
20 L
Cargo box dimensions45.2 In. Long x 59.5 In. Wide x 9.2 In. Deep
1148 mm x 1504 mm x 234 mm
Cargo box capacity1000 lb
454 kg
Payload capacity1650 (748 kg)
Towing capacity1400 (635 kg)
Power steering

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