Sergio Marchionne told Larry Vellicate from Automotive News that in his opinion, the current Wrangler was too overweight and used too much fuel, this led to rumors of aluminum panels being used in the next generation Jeep.
2017 Jeep Wrangler release date
No dates have yet been released so rumors are rife, all we really know is that it will be sometime in 2017.
Release date: sometime 2017
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2017 Jeep Wrangler redesign
Although Marchionne believes that the Jeep needs to lose some weight, it is thought that the chassis and running gear will be conventional, but the platform will be fitted with lightweight aluminum panels to help reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
Despite his earlier arguments, now, Marchionne declares that “2017 Jeep Wrangler will be really a lot of aluminum, but not full of aluminum”. This means one thing —the SUV will receive some elements of the body (e.g. the hood or fenders) from lightweight metal to reduce the weight, however the main frame and structure are still made of steel.
2017 Jeep Wrangler price
No official figures have yet been released regarding the price; it is thought that the added cost of aluminum panels will be offset against cheaper engine options, hopefully meaning that prices will remain static; the base model soft top should start around $30,000.
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2017 Jeep Wrangler “innovative” suspension
Although touted as having ‘innovative’ suspension, the suspension itself is the same as the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer, albeit with tweaks by Bob Eaves and Evan Boberg from the Pre-Program Group at Jeep.
For this the most innovative suspension repeated suspension of the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer with modifications by Bob Sheaves and Evan Boberg of the Pre-Program Group.
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2017 Jeep Wrangler engines
In a bid for further weight reduction, the old and heavyweight V8 Pentastar is being replaced with a more modern V6 Pentastar, with a 3.2 liter capacity.
Further, there will be a 2.0 liter turbo gasoline engine offered, this has been developed in conjunction with Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Chrysler Mercedes. It is unknown if this will be fitted as a transverse or longitudinal unit.
2017 Jeep Wrangler production plans
Unfortunately, production of aluminum panels and the like isn’t possible on the old production line at Toledo, they will need to build a whole new facility to put this aluminum panelled vehicle into production.
2017 Jeep Wrangler pictures
|2017 Jeep Wrangler|
|Engine type||DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||285 hp; 260 lb-ft|
|Passenger volume||101.2 cu.ft|
|Cargo volume||12.8-55.0 cu.ft|
|Top speed||114 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $25,000-$38,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V|