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Remember those Jeep Wrangler pickup spy shots? Now we know the details. That vehicle was one of the variants of the new Jeep J8. The J8 is based on the Wrangler Unlimited and has been designed for military and civilian government use. It sports a reinforced frame and upgraded suspension that includes the much-discussed rear leaf springs that were pointed out in the earlier spy photos. Maximum payload is 2,952 lbs. as a result.

It'll be offered as both a four-door that looks mostly like the civilian Wrangler Unlimited and a 2-door pickup. Jeep sneakily showed off the pickup body on the very awesome SEMA-bound JT Concept earlier this year. The J8 is designed to be very flexible, and will be available in a variety of seating/cargo configurations in both left- and right-hand drive (again, this explains the RHD version captured in spy photos).

Power comes from a 158-horsepower / 295 lb-ft 2.8L 4-cylinder turbodiesel mated to a 5-speed automatic and Jeep's Command-Trac 4WD system. The powertrain affords the J8 a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 lbs. Another feature unique to the J8 is its air-intake system, which uses a hood-mounted snorkel that lets it ford bodies of water up to 30 inches deep and operate in sandstorm conditions up to five hours.

For full information on the J8, follow the jump for the official press release from Jeep. The truck made its debut today at the DSEi trade show in London, and it will be produced in Cairo, Egypt at a Chrysler LLC joint-venture facility. It will officially become available next Spring, though only for military and civilian government use. Sorry, no civilian sales will be offered.

[Source: Chrysler]

Jeep® is Back in Uniform: New Military Versionof Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Reports for Duty

Iconic off-roader returns to its storied roots with J8 multipurpose model primarily developed for military use – but also suitable for civilian government applications

London, England – Chrysler LLC today unveiled the Jeep® J8 multipurpose vehicle at the 2007 Defense 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-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel 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 armor 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 defense community with the highest-quality 4x4 vehicles available anywhere in the world.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Your right actually. 90% of the 4 door wranglers i have seen in my area are being driven by ladies. It is an urban status car at this point. Only diehard Jeepers would buy the J8. No where near the market numbers the Wrangler is focused at now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not a "diehard Jeeper", and I want to buy one of these. I'm looking to buy a small truck, and the only small truck out there is the outdated/boring Ford Ranger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love one of the pickups too. With anything intended to work I've always felt that torque is king and a diesel sure takes care of that. Please keep it bone simple, an automatic and maybe an upper level stereo should be the only options . It should also be available with radio and a/c delete. But don't you dare make a two wheel drive version Chrysler! No pretenders on this one!

      • 6 Years Ago
      ORDER YOUR Wrangler J8 NOW from AAV, LLC & Chrysler, LLC.
      Shipping Cost to USA and North America is approx. USD $2800.


      AAV Jeep Egypt
      Export Division - Overseas Sales"
      P.O Box: 2419 Horreia -
      Heliopolis Cairo, Egypt
      Tel :011-20-2-2902000 /2902285
      Fax :011-2903562

      Chrysler Group Egypt
      Export Division - Overseas Sales"
      Head Office
      Telephone: 011-202-2529-7000
      Address: 28th Floor, Sofitel Tower,
      Corniche El Nil
      Maadi, Cairo. Egypt
      P.O BOX: 1125
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn. This is the model with the D60 rear end, I assume?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Stop the insanity, cryslerberus...

      I am not in the market for something like this. Maybe someday, a well-used one will be something I'll use to haul yard and home supplies, but I am not the market.

      But there are TONS of people who are in this market.

      I think it is ultimately fascinating, and insane that a US company that was founded to provide war materials, then proceeded to make those available to civilians, is now finally going back to providing military equipment, and is refusing to sell to those consumers who have kept that company viable for half a century in the private sector, in willful defiance of free-market forces, exemplified by the comments here.

      All now likely at the behest of the american government's regulation of the people from getting "military specification" equipment (and we are not talking tanks, here folks...), and to regulate the 'efficiency' of people's transportation, in restricting the availability of civilian models with diesel engines. This, when the government is supposed to represent those same people's interests, not deny them.

      The US Government is not defined by the constitution to be some sort of bureaucratic dictatorship that needs to subjugate it's people from armed uprising. The Government serves at the behest of an armed and free citizenry. It is hardly served or protected by denying people access to this sort of "military specification" equipment. (again, we are not talking tanks, here.)

      The irony, on SO many levels, is striking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really, really am interested in the Jeep JT pickup , but this would also be perfect. Just like the original Jeep, I'm sure this will eventually be made for private sales! Either that, or we'll just have to wait a few years until our local governments starts to sell them and we can pick them up used!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        There will be fistfights at the auctions where the pickups are up for sale.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, I've read that old military Jeeps and Hummers are now cut up for scrap to keep them out of the hands of the public for liability reasons. Anyone have more info on the subject or know anyone who has bought a military Jeep at auction recently?

        Diesel or not, they'd be crazy not to sell the pickup to the public. My dad had several of the old Jeep pickups back in the day -- he'd be one of the first in line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everyone seems to be missing the big picture. The Jeep is being built for military use and civilian use for a foreign power. It has leaf springs and a diesel. This JP will never be sold on a dealers lot, new. A lot of people may buy it but the majority will not. Chrysler would never build the same version in America. Many on this blog "would love to buy them" but very few will. You make no money on the people who would love to, but won't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet Jeep. The snorkel seems an afterthought. Why not a real one? Anyway, This is no Soccer mom wrangler. I really like it. Offer it to the public with the diesel and six speed manual and you have my money Chrysler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.8CRD that is in the Wrangler for overseas and Military applications cannot be made to pass US emission standards cost effectively. We will not get this option, no matter how many letters get written. That said, all the other mechanical bits would be sweeeeet. Sadly, for this year, they also dropped the 4.10 axle option and you now have to buy the swaybar disconnect to get the rear locker. Stupid.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pictures look like they're from Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Can anyone confirm/dispel that?
        • 7 Years Ago
        VM Motori also has a 3.0L V-6 that meets Euro 5, and is more powerful than the 2.8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        VM Motori also has a 3.0L V-6 that meets Euro 5, and is more powerful than the 2.8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are correct. That is why the Liberty CRD disappeared after 2006.
          • 7 Years Ago
          F*#king California!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Alex Nunez @ Sep 14th 2007 11:37AM
      Time to start a letter-writing campaign...

      Trouble is, I'm afraid you'd need to write to the Board that controls Chrysler to get any where.

      I really can't see what the harm would be if they offered a "plain work truck" and even a HD spec JP without all the bling crap on it.

      You can bet that the competition (Hummer & Toyota at least, & possibly Isuzu) is listening to the public complain about things that the "other" guys aren't doing. And might well start in the future. But, I'd much, much rather it be a Jeep.
      Chrysler, you OWE it to the public to offer this to the civilian populace!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Military surplus vehicles that do not get donated to civil groups like Volunteer Fire Departments, US Forestry, US Park Service, etc are cut into as many as three pieces. They are auctioned off this way. They are sold as salvage. Collectors and private citizens can buy them (HUMVEEs, Duece and a halfs, etc, sorry no Bradley fighting vehicles or tanks for you Joe Public) and put them back together. They can not be licensed for use on US streets. The US Government doesn't care what you do with it after you buy it as long as you don't: drive it on the streets or attempt to amass an army! You can bet the US Government keeps tabs on who is buying these vehicles. I am sure that if Joe Public bought a couple he would (unbeknownst to him) be the subject of some background scutiny and possibly some surveliance!

      All of the military vehicles you see in movies and tv shows were bought that way then reassembled. Especially the ones you see blown-up on the screen. There are companies that specialize in providing military vehicles for movies and TV. They can even buy the heavier things that we can't.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hm- then how do they sell off those CUCVs in one piece? You know, the old Diesel Blazers and 1 1/4t Chevy pickups. Often they're pilfered for parts, but I've not seen one cut up.
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