2018 Jeep Wrangler NOT Going Unibody

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2018 Jeep Wrangler NOT Going Unibody

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts can let out a sigh of relief, for now.

According to a recent report from Automotive News, the next-generation Wrangler will remain body-on-frame instead of moving to unibody construction. As a result, production of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will remain at the Toledo, Ohio plant since the off-roader will continue to feature a body-on-frame architecture. Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne mulled a unibody Wrangler with an aluminum body, implying that the Wrangler’s production would have to be moved to another plant.

SEE ALSO: Jeep Mulls Over Aluminum, Turbo Engine for Next-Gen Wrangler

While Jeep spokesman Todd Goyer declined to comment on the new Wrangler that is due in 2017, he did insist that it’ll be “the most capable Wrangler ever.” Just because production is remaining at Toledo doesn’t make it a certainty that the next-generation Wrangler won’t move to an aluminum body. In fact, the American automaker is leaning towards it despite increased costs.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • ceramicsaturn

    Oh thank God. I have a 2014 Wrangler and love it. I’ve had nothing but imports all my life, and this is the best built car of them all (I know Jeep gets a lot of flack, and rightfully so, but these new Wranglers with the Pentastar engines are fantastic). It would have been my last one if they did this. What a bunch of idiots for even considering it. Because frankly, other than the Wrangler, their entire line is nothing but crap.

    Thanks Fiat CEO for almost ruining an icon.

  • Mentallect

    I never liked unibody for the Wrangler. Keep the solid axles, provide a diesel, and make it’s body aluminum. Give those who want independent front suspensions an option. My old CJ7 was great, but people in the back seat were killed by the bouncing, and when I have kids, it would be nice to tuck them comfortably in back for long highway rides too.

  • AJ

    Nothing but crap? The Grand Cherokee leads its class and the Cherokee is selling very well. The Jeep brand can’t survive on only selling Wranglers and it makes business sense to expand the brand. Not everyone needs what a stock Wrangler offers, just as I doubt your JK sees more dirt then pavement at the mall.

  • KyleinCSpring1

    No uni body and no aluminum. If it happens, it should never be called a Wrangler of any sort. The good news, our Wrangler now will hold prices even higher than before. <

  • Kate

    AJ, you must chill. Your entry is well-written and spot on … until the last sentence. Just because someone expresses an opinion that differs from your own doesn’t mean you have to attack them. And your arrogant attitude that a Jeep isn’t a Jeep unless the driver takes it off pavement more than 50% of the time shows you probably have an inferiority complex that you try to bolster by driving your own vehicle on dirt. We’re all Jeepers …. don’t be an ass.

  • JoeKlip

    I hope Chrysler-Fiat will destroy the Wrangler brand because my current JK will become a instant classic for generations to come.

  • JoeKlip

    My thought exactly.

  • shaun

    I’m more worried about it going to an independent suspension than an aluminum body..

    I think I’ll just stick with my 2010.

  • shaun

    It’s not really hard for the Grand Cherokee to be “class leading” when the class it’s leading is so full of mediocrity.

    The Jeep brand probably could survive only selling Wranglers. They’ve sold well over a million JKs since 2007.

    I see vehicles like the Renegade as Jeep’s future. And that’s scary. It’s scary because they gave an iconic name to something that’s less capable offroad than a Honda CR-V.. That means they won’t have trouble doing the same thing with the Wrangler.

  • Jepstr67

    Well, at least they changed the name to “Wrangler” after the “last true Jeep” was made in 1986….

  • beelp

    So, what the h… is wrong with an aluminum body? Nothing, IMO. In fact, at least it will never rust. Never. Isn’t that a good thing? Easier to know out dents, too.

  • beelp

    AJ, I believe the Jeep brand COULD survive on the Wrangler alone. Add a few more options, like a diesel, and it will do even better. That pickup they have been showing would also help.

  • BobOinCT

    Who told you it was easier to knock out dents in aluminum? Not necessarily true.

  • AJ

    I agree that the idea of a diesel Wrangler sounds nice, but it’s still not practical for most people here in the USA.

  • AJ

    Where did I say that a Jeep isn’t a Jeep unless it’s taken off-road? He’s stating that his precious JK is the be all to end all, which many Wrangler owners share. I simply pointed out that a majority of Wranglers spend more time at the mall (or call it shopping for the overly sensitive) then in the dirt.

  • AJ

    It’s good for Jeep to be successful with other lines as it lowers their overall production costs. Second to the TJ and JK, I think that the Wagoneer was just as awesome. Google Wagonmaster sometime.

  • lordlochwood

    Hate to tell you this, but if you haven’t already REALLY taken a look at the wrangler lineup (which I thought you would do in the job you have…), they all are ALREADY unibody, but slapped on top of a full box frame…
    As currently designed, if you get into an accident, chances are the wrangler will survive, however, going to a unibody means that the insurance companies will claim the unibody jeep as ‘totalled’, and, if they don’t, then you will be driving a car at risk of causing even more death and injury if involved in another accident. Why do you think they total some many new cars today?

  • lordlochwood

    I also wish that Jeep would worry more about improving the gas mileage, than a minor change to aluminum. 16/19 sucks when compared to their Dodge 1500 truck that comes with a diesel engine and gets well over what the Wrangler currently acheives…

  • KyleinCSpring1

    I thouht Jeep owners had a unique bond. Guess not. <

  • KyleinCSpring1

    AJ, this JK is different than my first Jeep, but why knaw on people. I’ll quit waving to fellow Jeepsters since there is now a divide. <

  • David Olson

    The wrangler is the AR15 of the auto world. The moment that changes, it will die a long painful death. The ability to bolt on various parts to personalize and change performance is amazing. The stock durability is more than good enough. The more an owner can do to make changes plug and play the better the wrangler will sell. If Fiat would focus on making it as interchangeable as possible they would find they have a winner. They could start with their CAFE standard model with hybrid motor, IFS, Aluminum skin city driving cross over. Then allow you to add options, steel skin, solid Axles (Dana 30/45/60 Axles), motor options (4,6,8 cyl/Des./Gas), wheels/tire options, lifts etc. Have the standard Ruib model for off road. Safari for mall crawer, and sport base no thrills off road jeep.

  • mike

    you sir are a genius.