• Jul 11th 2008 at 10:58AM
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Unless you're a foreign military, government, or humanitarian organization, you're not getting your hands on the Jeep J8, a vehicle we think a number of Jeepers would be all over in about two seconds if it were to be offered in neighborhood dealerships. Available as a two-door pickup (above) or a four-door (like the civilian Wrangler Unlimited), the J8 goes on sale this month and was officially revealed at Euro Camp Jeep '08 in Germany.

Power comes from a 150-horse turbodiesel with 295 lb-ft of torque, with that juice going to all four wheels via a five-speed auto and Jeep's Command-Trac 4WD. The J8's built to be a workhorse, with a Dana 60 rear, leaf springs in back, upgraded brakes, and a revamped intake that lets it ford 30 inches of water and handle a sandstorm lasting up to five hours. Its max payload is 2,750 pounds, and it has a towing capacity of over 7,700 pounds. Because the J8's duties will vary depending upon who's placing the order, a variety of cargo and seating configurations are offered, as is left- or right-hand-drive. All this, and no, you can't order one. Yes, that sucks.

[Source: Chrysler]

Iconic Jeep® J8 Displayed at Euro Camp Jeep 2008 Offers Extreme Cargo and Towing for Humanitarian, Commercial and Military Applications, All at a Great Value
  • Unmatched payload capacity in its segment
  • Powerful diesel engine provides 3,500 kilogrammes of towing capacity
  • Best-in-class water-fording capability and ground clearance
  • Available in four-door and extended-bed two-door versions, in both left- and right-hand drive
  • Jeep® J8 also offers an exceptional value, priced below other vehicles designed for humanitarian and military duty
Land Fleesensee, Germany, Jul 9, 2008 - The Jeep® J8 multipurpose vehicle made its first appearance at a consumer event during Euro Camp Jeep 2008 in Northern Germany. The J8 marks the Jeep brand's return to commercial and military vehicle production with a thoroughly modern vehicle designed to meet the needs of both non-government organizations and government agencies.

"The new Jeep J8 combines the legendary capability and dependability that makes the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited famous with unmatched cargo capacity and an exceptional towing rating," said Thomas Hausch, Vice President – International Sales, Chrysler LLC. "The Jeep J8 is also an exceptional value, priced below other vehicles designed for humanitarian and military duty."

With the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, Jeep engineers increased the capability and versatility to create the Jeep J8. The frame of the Wrangler Unlimited is reinforced for increased ruggedness and to allow greater payloads – up to a maximum of 1,250 kilogrammes (2,756 lbs.). The rear axle is a Dana 60 model with disc brakes engineered specifically for more demanding use. The rear suspension utilizes a leaf-spring suspension system. 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 turbo-diesel engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of torque, providing towing capability of up to 3,500 kilogrammes (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 air inlet that enables the J8 to ford water up to 762 millimetres (30 in.) deep and operate in sandstorm conditions for up to five hours. The Jeep J8 features best-in-class water-fording capability and ground clearance.

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- or left-hand drive. The two-door version, for example, can be configured as a personnel carrier with seating for up to eight.

While not designed for front-line combat operations, the Jeep J8 is 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.

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. Willys went on to produce the CJ-2A, a civilian version of the military vehicle, to deliver the capable and dependable service that the military had come to know. Today's Jeep J8 continues in the tradition of both of these early 4x4s.

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

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Because this is a military/government/commercial spec vehicle if they made a civic version it would be too expensive and everyone would complain about it. Also, I bet you can't get the diesel motor in the U.S. because of our (stupid, shortsighted) environmental regulations, so it wouldn't perform the same. And people would complain about that too (the performance, not the (stupid, shortsighted) environmental regulations)).
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is a civilian vehicle that's been upgraded to military spec use, not the other way around. It's not the same as how the Humvee became the H1, it's just the opposite. From an operational standpoint, the biggest difference between this vehicle and what we've currently got available in the US is the Dana60 rear axle and rear leaf spring suspension.

        All the J8 really is is a 2-dr version of the JK Unlimited, with some additional frame reinforcement, Dodge Ram brakes on the front axle, and a 1-ton rear running gear. And of course the CRD motor we all want.

        Aside from the CRD, which doesn't pass US emissions, and the 1-ton rear end, all they'd really have to do to give us (USA) the J8/JT is simply slap that 2-dr body on the JK Unlimited chassis, instead of the current 4-dr Unlimited body. Since the design work is already done on that body tub, I really and truly can't understand what's stopping them from adding it to the US line-up.
      • 7 Years Ago

        • 7 Years Ago
        Why is that? It is like a Jeep scrambler (but without the rear seat, though I imagine rear seats would be an option) and I don't know that it was a big hit in the past.

        • 7 Years Ago
        What do you need the rear seat Lithous? It's a Jeep brother. It's not a family car. You don’t go shopping with it. Come back to Earth fellow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It actually looks very good on paper but a military vehicle is hard to live with, and/or impossible to homologate (jump seats), or has military items (JATE shackles, convoy lights, etc..) that makes impossible to sell with a an export license.
        What give everyone a bonner is the diesel automatic. Unfortunately, they are made by Daimler and wiill cost Chrysler a bomb to purchase once the supply agreement runs out. Nice military spec, though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Scramblers sosld quite well during the years they were offered, 1981-1985. This helped Jeep get a foothold in the compact truck market. Jeep stopped selling them when the Commanche went on sale for the 1986 model year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Toyota Landcruiser 70 "Ute" which is sold here in Australia has similar Cargo and towing capacity to the Jeep. Extremely reliable vehicles. I cannot fathom why Jeep did not bring out something like this sooner??
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just one reason why Chrysler is having problems: lack of vehicles that the public really needs and wants. We could have had the Gladiator, and ended up with the Commander, Patriot and Compass, all bad choices. With Mahindra just around the corner, a J8 JT pickup would work just as well. (Just the same, if GM offered the Hummer HX/H4 and dropped the rest of the lineup, then there would be no need to sell.) So until someone at Chrysler wise up and do the right thing, one can only hope that our military will request some J8's for service, and we can buy them at auction in ,oh, about 5 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be a smart thing for Jeep to bring this to the states and sell it to civilians. That is why we will never see this happen. We will just get twelve SUV's with Jeep badges, poor gas milage and a new MP3 option or some kind of laser light show.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Dana 60 seems a bit like overkill on a jeep to me. It's like bringing a grenade launcher to a knife fight. And a 7700lbs towing capacity? That seems like a bit much for a relatively short wheelbase.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its a military vehicle, you cant over build it. Troops will still figure out how to break the damn thing no matter what
        • 7 Years Ago
        The D60 is needed to guarantee durability, especially with the huge payload rating. As for the Tow capacity vs wheelbase, at 116", its the same as a Tahoe and longer than a Commander.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope we at least get that rumored Mopar diesel swap kit.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Withholding the Jeep J8 from the civilian market would make sense if it came machine guns. People would line up to pay list price for it. Pundits are predicting Chrysler's early demise. What are they thinking?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Ha ha- "machine guns"...
        Let's see. Chrysler is in financial trouble. Chrysler needs more profitable vehicles to sell to make money to get out of trouble. Chrysler needs a vehicle to bring buyers into the showroom. Chrysler needs a cheerful vehicle that will encourage buyers to open their wallet.
        Therefore as Chrysler has such a vehicle in Germany, etc--the J8--
        Chrysler won't import said trucklet...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the best excuse for why the big 3 are suffering. They are so out of touch with reality that they don't even realize an opportunity when it's staring them in the face. This would be so popular in the US. Jesus Christ how frustrating!

      Just ridiculous. So glad it's Friday.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better torgue, engine life and (hopefully) mileage... original Jeep looks... AND NO WAY TO BUY IT????? okay.. which country do I need to invade to be able to order one... Is Petoria still in Quahog, RI???
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeep desperately needs a good 4-cylinder diesel. Or the MB diesel V6.
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