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WranglerChrysler Officially Announced the J8 - Military Wrangler Unlimited
Posted by mike on 2007/9/19 8:04:51 (9455) reads

Froma Chrysler LLC press release.Chrysler LLC unveiled the Jeep® J8 multipurpose vehicle at the 2007 Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) military trade show, making the legendary vehicle available for reenlistment in active military service.

“Jeep vehicles made their original debut in 1941 for military duty, and have built their reputation with more than 65 years as the world’s benchmark for off-road capability and versatility for civilian and military vehicles,” said Thomas Hausch, Vice President – International Sales, Chrysler LLC. “The new Jeep J8 marks the brand’s return to vehicle production for military and civilian government use – the same capability that makes the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited famous also makes the Jeep J8 a truly multipurpose vehicle.”

With the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, Jeep engineers increased its capability and versatility. The frame of the Wrangler Unlimited is reinforced for increased ruggedness and to allow greater payloads – up to a maximum of 1,339 kg (2,952 lbs.). Axles, brakes and suspension components are engineered specifically for more demanding military and civilian government use, including utilizing a leaf-spring suspension system in the rear. The J8’s Command-Trac® four-wheel-drive system allows maximum versatility and performance in both on- and off-road conditions.

The Jeep J8 is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 N•m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque, providing towing capability of up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs.). The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The J8 also features a unique air-intake system with special filtration and a hood-mounted snorkel that enables the J8 to ford water up to 762 mm (30 in.) deep and operate in sandstorm conditions for up to five hours.

The Jeep J8 is available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed for personnel or equipment transport, or a four-door multipurpose vehicle. It may be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand or left-hand drive.

While not designed for front-line combat operations, the Jeep J8 is fully armour capable and excels in a variety of duties ranging from command vehicle to troop/cargo carrier, ambulance, communications vehicle and other duties – also making it suitable for civilian government applications. Tow eyes and heavy-duty bumpers allow the Jeep J8 to be easily transported by airplane or helicopter.

The Jeep J8 will be produced in a Chrysler LLC joint-venture facility in Cairo, Egypt, and will be available beginning in spring 2008.

Jeep in the Military
In June 1941, the U.S. Army received its first shipments of the Willys MA, the rugged 4x4 vehicle that came to be called the Jeep. This predecessor to today’s Jeep Wrangler would prove so vital to the Allies’ World War II effort that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that the war could not have been won without the Jeep vehicle.

Jeep vehicles have been produced for various militaries around the world. The Jeep J8 marks the start of Jeep’s renewed commitment to supply the defence community with the highest-quality 4x4 vehicles available anywhere in the world.

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Posted: 2007/9/20 15:34  Updated: 2007/9/20 15:35
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 Re: Chrysler Officially Announced the J8 - Military Wrang...
Not that this J8 will do it, but considering the Hurricane concept and some of the possible military uses of such a vehicle (or of the patents secured on it) I wonder if we'll see a Jeep vehicle alongside (or possibly succeed/replace?) the HMMWV.

It's not necessarily a leap...

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Posted: 2007/9/19 22:23  Updated: 2007/9/19 22:23
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I beleive the GCVW for this thing will be over 10,000 lbs, therefore the designation will be commercial truck, and not a light truck. Only light trucks are subject to the Neo-N@zi EPA regulations for emissions, and therefore will allow this 2.8L CRD into the US again.
I think this is the same engine currently offered in the Dodge Sprinter (also over 10,000 lbs).
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong here!

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Posted: 2007/9/19 20:31  Updated: 2007/9/19 20:31
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 Re: Chrysler Officially Announced the J8 - Military Wrang...
Why can't we get that front bumper and the turbodiesel as options?

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Posted: 2007/9/19 19:15  Updated: 2007/9/19 22:28
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JK-8? Noice...

I think that Chrysler will eventually cave and we'll see a consumer version at dealerships. It's only a matter of time. Offer a half-top and it's set.

It's no Gladiator, but I like it. Personally, I think that the Gladiator should be a full-sized pickup anyway. After all, the Jeep after which it was named was full-sized (but enough about Jeeps they're not producing)...

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Posted: 2007/9/19 8:56  Updated: 2007/9/19 8:56
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 Re: Chrysler Officially Announced the J8 - Military Wrang...
So, if it's going to be available for "civilian government use", could someone go to their city government and have them order one for them? And if so, how much?

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Posted: 2007/9/19 10:50  Updated: 2007/9/19 10:50
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Depends on how corrupt your local government is.

These will eventually show up in the civilian market when local governments put them up for sale when it comes time for them to buy new vehicles.

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Posted: 2007/9/19 8:36  Updated: 2007/9/19 8:42
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 Re: Chrysler Officially Announced the J8 - Military Wrang...
I know some of us wanted the (larger) Gladiator to be brought to the civilian market, but wouldn't this superwhompadyne reinforced military J8 be a fantastic starting point for a new Scrambler workhorse compact pickup? Looking at the side view of the 2DR version, it would seem a simple task to plant a halftop on the J8!
Hey, JEEP, how about calling it a JK-8 to pay homage to the CJ-8? It would be nice if just one of the newer Jeep designations made some sense...
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