Chrysler LLC today 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.”

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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 utilising 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 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 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 wade in water up to 762 mm (30 in.) deep and tackle sandstorm conditions for up to five hours.

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.

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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. Heavy-duty bumpers with tow eyes allow the Jeep J8 to be easily transported by aeroplane or helicopter.

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

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steves  (103) posted on 09.19.2007

I’m enjoying this new trend of non-glossy, flat paint . Let’s hope some of that trickles down to the consumer market.

steves  (60) posted on 09.18.2007

heh pdaix, sort of a blend-in i guess

steves  (132) posted on 09.18.2007

Would like to see a picture of a full armored one

steves  (12) posted on 09.14.2007

i reckon that a cars a cool

badestofthebad  (608) posted on 09.14.2007

well duh thats then type of terrain u use that vehicle in kid

pdaix  (431) posted on 09.14.2007

By the way also not how marketing choose the jeep color and environment in those pics: sand road and sand color...That is smart indeed smiley

pdaix  (431) posted on 09.14.2007

Very smart move from Chrysler LLC. The Hummer paid a very heavy toll in Irak and it demonstrated that a bigger car doesn’t always mean safer car. The army will certainly be pleased to see a smaller military vehicle coming their way. Note the tiny but yet powerfull diesel engine.

Last note, it will be produced in Egypt. It seems that Chrysler new owners are moving quickly toward new profitable grounds.

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