Chrysler Group Showcases New UK Military
military version of the Jeep® Wrangler has had its UK debut at the
Defence Vehicle Dynamic show, together with a hybrid-powered version of
the Dodge Ram, which showcases the very latest DaimlerChrysler hybrid
The military version of
the Wrangler – the Jeep Wrangler TJL – continues the Jeep legend that
began in 1941 when the American Army needed a tough and versatile
cross-country vehicle. The result was the world’s first purpose built
four-wheel drive vehicle – the Willys MB, nicknamed the "Jeep."
For the modern military,
the Jeep Wrangler TJL has been modified to handle additional payloads
with a heavy-duty axle, cargo bay and upgraded suspension. It features
seating for eight people and a wheelbase 22 inches longer than the
standard civilian vehicle. Power comes from a 4.0-litre PowerTech™
six-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission,
or, for the first time in a Wrangler, the TJL will be available, from
2005, with a four-cylinder 2.8-litre diesel engine.
The Dodge Ram COMBATT (COMmercially
BAsed Tactical Truck) 2
Hybrid demonstrator vehicle is a military version of a Dodge Ram 2500
(¾-Ton) full-sized pickup truck. The prototype is powered by a
5.9-litre Cummins TurboDiesel engine together with a PowerGen hybrid
system, capable of providing up to 10 kW of exportable 120/240-volt AC
60 Hz power.
One of the key features
of the PowerGen system is portable AC power which is available either
when the vehicle is stationary with the engine idling, while the
vehicle is being driven, or with a Silent Mode where approximately 1.5
kW-hrs of power is supplied by the HEV batteries when the diesel engine
is switched off.
Up to 10 kW of 60 Hz AC
power is available to power equipment when mains power is unavailable
due to site location, natural or man-made disasters, or in combat
conditions. The AC power is grid quality and will power industrial
equipment, sensitive electronic equipment including computers and TVs,
or recreational equipment.
The prototype is also
equipped with a purpose-built state-of-the-art hydro-pneumatic
suspension system that provides a unique combination of on-road ride
and handling comfort with extreme off-road mobility. The suspension
enables any single wheel to scale an obstacle up to three feet in
height and means that the Dodge Ram COMBATT is capable of negotiating
the severest off-road terrain.
Simon Elliott, Managing
Director for Chrysler Group in the UK, said: "These two new prototypes
demonstrate some of the technology which we may be seeing in our
civilian vehicles in the future. Although they have been developed to
address the specific needs of the military, they could also have a
future role with aid agencies, utility companies and the emergency
services in the UK.
"The Wrangler TJL brings
the classic military Jeep right into the 21st century, while the
prototype hybrid technology in the Dodge Ram, together with its payload
and off-road ability, has obvious applications for disaster relief as
well as military operations, where communications in remote areas are