|The Jeep Wrangler "J8 Sarge" Concept will make off-road enthusiasts drool.|
Developed by a team called Mopar Underground (engineers building prototypes outside of work hours), the Wrangler "J8 Sarge" was unveiled last April at the Easter Jeep Safari. This annual event is hosted by a group of Jeep enthusiasts known as the Red Rock 4-Wheelers. It all takes place in the rocky desert of Moab, Utah.
In June, we got a close look at this unique concept during Chrysler Group's 2009 vehicle presentation at the Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.
Sir, yes, Sir!
This military-clad Jeep is built on the same long-wheelbase platform as the Wrangler Unlimited. In fact, the "J8 Sarge" Concept could easily have been a four-door SUV instead of a two-door pickup with a long box. The reality is this: the vehicle you're seeing here is actually a dressed-up, show-car variant of the Jeep J8.
That's right. The company developed the J8 as a military-spec version of the new JK chassis (also used by the Wrangler Unlimited). It was introduced in September 2007 at London's Defense Systems & Equipment International Show. Designed as a non-combat military support vehicle, the J8 is strictly intended for the military -- reportedly in the Middle East.
Production takes place in Cairo, Egypt, under the supervision of Arab American Vehicle, a subsidiary of Chrysler LLC which has been manufacturing vehicles for civil use (CJ5, CJ6, CJ7, XJ and TJ-L) for about 30 years. For now, there are no plans to offer the J8 for retail sale in North America, especially since it does not meet current emission standards.
|The "Sarge" is actually a functional show car designed to promote Mopar tuning accessories.|