• Sep 8th 2008 at 9:32AM
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Click above to enlarge this picture of the Jeep J8

Who doesn't get the Jeep J8? Um, that would be the United States, Home of Jeep. Hardly seems fair... considering that pretty much every other country in the world gets a crack at the ultra-Wrangler, which comes equipped with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 158-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Memo to Chrysler: The Wranger is screaming out for a small displacement diesel engine. No? Fine. We can understand the fact that this engine isn't certified for sale in the States and it would be expensive to make happen. At least the Pentastar brand could offer the J8's nearly 3,000-pound payload capacity via rear leaf springs and reinforced frame in its home market. Still no dice? Could we at least get the pickup bed as an option on the Unlimited chassis? Not likely, would be our best guess. Oh well, we can wish.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      If Chrysler can say no to me, I can say no to them.

      Simple enough. The ball is in their court. "Do you want to sell cars or what??"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just saw an old comanche this morning and thought about how stupid it is they don't sell this here in the US. Its not going to take away sales of dakotas and rams.
      This car would be the PT cruiser of off roading, in the good way. Think about it, iconic looks, low cost, high functionality.
      This would take more chevy colorado and ford ranger/base model F-150 costomers than it ever would take from Dodge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can thank out of control government safety and emissions regulations for denying us yet another cool vehicle.
      Sabrina Brie Hill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't "wish", vote with your FEET. If Jeep WON'T make it here, go find something that someone ELSE makes that comes close, and buy IT. Then send a copy of the purchase invoice to Jeep's U.S. headquarters, If enough people do that, they will change their tune in a hurry..
      • 6 Years Ago
      would it be hard to have it (privately) brought to and authorized for use in the states? i'm not considering doing such, just curious. i'm sure it would probably cost more than it's worth.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only way I can see is to do a crash test of one, swap out parts with a US-Spec Jeep, do another crash test, and work from there.

        So yes, unless you have lying around or can co...erm, i mean attract investors to do a few crash tests with intent to sell a Legalized US-Spec model, go right ahead.

        Some folks have noted that when Motorex underwent their whole smoke and mirrors BS with the Nissan Skyline crash testing, they destroyed 7-10 R33 GTS models (A "Base Model" Skyline) and it cost them around $1 Million.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You cant get it, the rest of us dont want it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who doesn't want a diesel??

      VW has a WAITING LIST for the new diesel cars. On pickups (f250+, Chevy/Dodge 2500+ where diesel is an option over 75% are diesel. The Liberty CRD sold over 3 times the projected volume. The Grand Cherokee CRD has been selling very well.

      Mercedees is selling all the diesels they care to import. The story is they are limited on diesel production because of European sales..

      If Jeep offered the J8 with a diesel, I'd be willing to bet my spot on the waiting list they'd sell every one they could build.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would sell every vehicle I own to be able to afford one of these J8's if Chrysler ever offered it here in the U.S.

      What's not to love? It has a frugal, torquey 4-cylinder turbodiesel, a reinforced frame, and a leaf-sprung Dana 60 rear axle. If they offered it to us with a manual transmission and the 4:1 transfer case, it would be the ULTIMATE 4x4. I don't care how much Chrysler would sell it for; if it were available for anything less than $50k, I would buy one. And I know many other people who would too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They won't sell it here?
      And then they have the nerve to wonder why they are struggling in the marketplace...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still want this thing. In olive drab, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        want mine in what GM calls "Doe Skin"
      • 6 Years Ago
      J8 would only help to restore the heritage that the Compass has been insulting, but, hey, I don't run a car company.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Chrysler really needs the revenue. I'm sure it would sell the Jeep J-8 on Mars if it were legally possible.

      It would be helpful if the U.S. harmonized its pollution and crash worthiness requirements with the rest of the world. A little legislative give and take would be of great assistance to the struggling Detroit-3.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That works both ways. You would also see cars NOT sold here, sold here. That possibly would do the big 2 point whatever more harm than good.
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