September 19, 2007

Jeep announces new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited J8 for military use.

Jeep J8
Jeep J8. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC has unveiled the Jeep J8 multipurpose vehicle at the 2007 Defence Systems & Equipment International military trade show. The new model is built on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

“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,” says Thomas Hausch, Vice-President, International Sales. “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.”

The frame of the Wrangler Unlimited is reinforced, allowing a maximum payload of 1,339 kg (2,952 lbs), while axles, brakes and suspension components are heavy duty and include a leaf-spring suspension in the rear. The J8 uses a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 158 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, with towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs). A special air intake system with filtration and hood-mounted snorkel enable the J8 to ford water up to 762 mm (30 in.) deep, and operate in sandstorm conditions for up to five hours.

The J8 is available as a two-door with extended pickup bed, or four-door multipurpose vehicle, and can be produced in numerous body and seating configurations, in left- or right-hand drive. While not designed for front-line combat operations, it is fully armour capable, and its tow eyes and heavy-duty bumpers allow it to be transported by airplane or helicopter.

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

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