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

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The next-generation Jeep Wrangler could be quite different than its predecessor.

Speaking to the media at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne spilled the details on what the American automaker is considering for the next Jeep Wrangler. While reports and rumors have been surfacing over the last year on which direction the Wrangler will head, Marchionne hinted strongly that the new Wrangler will likely be far different than the off-roader model available today.

Due in 2017, the next-gen Wrangler could be built on a unibody platform, sport an aluminum body and have a smaller, turbocharged engine under the hood. Currently, the Wrangler is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 but Fiat Chrysler needs to meet stricter emissions requirements in the U.S. which means downsized engines.

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The biggest dilemma according to Marchionne is that building the Wrangler body-on-frame tub of aluminum means moving the Wrangler’s production away from its current Toledo plant. He did express that such a move is under consideration as well as debates on whether the move to aluminum is the correct one.

“We firmly believe that we have to downsize the engines that are going into the Wrangler, just in terms of displacements, and then increase the capabilities by putting turbos in and doing other things to that engine,” Marchionne said in an interview with Automotive News. “This requires a complete rethink of the architecture. And before we start committing capital to particular places, we need to make sure that we don’t spend an inordinate amount of money trying to get it done. That’s my concern.”

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[Source: Automotive News]

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