With all of the other vehicles in the Jeep line employing independent front and rear suspensions, many of the Wrangler aficionados were fearing the worst as the next generation Wrangler drew near. However, fear not, because the next iteration of the brand’s most iconic model will retain its classic solid axle design.
In today’s day and age, fuel economy means everything, and that means being lightweight is important to a vehicle as well. While the Wrangler’s front and rear beam axles give the vehicle durability and aid it in traversing harsh terrain, they also add significant weight to the car. Consequently, it was feared that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles(FCA) would do away with the time tested solid axles that complement the Wrangler’s rigid body-on-frame construction.
The new Wrangler will still be lighter than the outgoing one, however. A new all aluminium body has been confirmed, and the overall dimensions of the car will be smaller over the outgoing version. A fixed windshield to facilitate better aerodynamics will be employed, and drag reduction has been a priority for the new design. According to FCA, engine availability is also changing as well. Reportedly, the current 3.6 liter V6 will be replaced by a new generation of smaller turbocharged engines. A new line of engines, including diesels, now being developed by Alfa Romeo, will likely make their way into the Jeep line.