The next version of Jeep’s venerable Wrangler might follow in the Ford F-150’s
footsteps tire tracks.
This week, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles dumped much of its five-year product plan on the table in front of its investors and the media. At the time, FCA chief Sergio Marchionne downplayed the possibility that Ram would follow Ford in offering an aluminum truck in its coming generation. But that doesn’t mean the company is ignoring the strategy altogether. After the day-long conference, Automotive News asked Marchionne if there was a better place to use aluminum than with the Wrangler. He said no.
While that isn’t a direct confirmation of any plan by Jeep to build an aluminum Wrangler in some form or another. Aluminum body panels wouldn’t be a stretch, especially considering the Stitch Concept that Jeep showed during its Easter Jeep Safari two years ago. In that application, the company claimed to have trimmed a crazy 1,100 lbs from the rig.
The new Wrangler is due in 2017 according to the product plan that Jeep announced this week. There’s also a rumor that Jeep is planning to ditch its solid axles in favor of an independent front and rear suspension.
[Source: Road & Track]