It appears aluminum is seriously gaining popularity as LeftLaneNews reports that Chrysler may building the next-generation Jeep Wrangler with a body made of one. Ford upped the ante in the truck department after revealing their all-aluminum F150. And with the Wrangler still employing a body-on-frame construction, like the F150, this doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Following Fiat/Chrysler CEO’s major plan announcements, Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested the possibility of the next Jeep Wrangler sporting an aluminum body to help reduce weight and improve fuel economy. So far though, there’s still much to ponder and speculate.
Marchionne was also quoted for saying, “we need to take weight out” and “we know we need to update the architecture.” But how far is Fiat going to go to change the Wrangler? The reason why the Wrangler hasn’t received an extensive architecture update is because it is also the Wrangler’s selling point, providing lots of off-road capability–similarly to the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen and Land Rover Defender.
The new Jeep Wrangler is set to come out sometime in 2017.
– By: Chris Chin