With the next-generation Jeep Wrangler up for approval in the next 10 weeks, Fiat–Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the American automaker plans to put the new Wrangler on a diet and add powertrain options to improve fuel economy.
In addition to updating the Wrangler’s architecture, Jeep will be looking to spring some weight from the Wrangler while looking at ways to ramp up production to meet demand. According to Marchionne, the Wrangler’s U.S. sales rose 10 percent last year to 155,502 units and the automaker is at capacity. Currently, the Jeep Wrangler is available with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. A diesel powerplant is being considered along with more fuel-efficient transmission options.
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Marchionne also shared more information on the next-generation minivan from Chrysler, stating that the design is now 95 percent complete and will arrive in the next 24 to 30 months. He also confirmed that the Alfa Romeo 4C will arrive sometime in 2015.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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