Fiat/Chrysler engineers are hard at work on the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, the alpha off-roader from this rough-and-tumble brand.
Rumors are swirling that it could feature a lightweight aluminum body, among other enhancements. It’s unclear how die-hard enthusiasts would react to this change but one thing they’re sure to love is the new model’s chassis. It’s reported the SUV will retain its solid axles, an archaic feature but one that’s beneficial out on the trail.
The upcoming Jeep Wrangler will likely go on sale in 2017, sporting an improved ride, better fuel economy and probably a more comfortable interior. Solid axles allow the body to be lifted with relative ease, something that can improve the vehicle’s ground clearance and thus make it even more of an off-road beast.
In addition to these changes the new Wrangler will likely feature a lineup of smaller, turbocharged engines, a range that should improve both performance and fuel economy. Today’s version of this SUV features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that puts out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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