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Speculations for the 2017 Wrangler


How do you successfully evolve what is considered the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, the Jeep Wrangler, without upsetting loyalists and new customers alike? The Wrangler has maintained its separate body and frame as well as live axles since the days of the Willys, being the closest decedent on the market. Jeep has evolved most of their other vehicles but has stayed hands off with the Wrangler. And while enthusiasts may not like it, the Wrangler will have to undergo changes sooner verses later.  There has been much speculation that the evolution in the near future is to insure the cars survival with today’s consumers.  The major reason for these changes is increasing fuel economy and efficiency; while not much of a thought before, fuel economy is becoming a driving factor for purchasers. Increasing fuel economy means the Wrangler must shed some weight and feature a new, smaller (and potentially turbo) engine under the hood. Following recent trends, Fiat Chrysler may fashion a unibody platform out of aluminum vs. using a traditional full frame. Reducing weight and cost with a unibody chassis benefits both Chrysler along with Jeep owners looking for a lighter vehicle. Most likely Chrysler will be building this frame out of ultra-light aluminum and high strength steel although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

Other changes may include the elimination of outdated solid axles on the suspension and replacing it with an IFS suspension, allowing the Wrangler to handle bumps better as well as have solid off road handling without lowering speed articulation. Diesel aficionados will be happy to learn that there is a chance a diesel Wrangler is in the offing, especially after the success of both Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.  Whether you like the fold down windshield, or hate the curved frame look when folded down, there is a good chance it will be removed for the 2017 model. Some fear that the new Wrangler will not have a removable top, but this has not been confirmed in either.

While speculations are running wild for the future of the Jeep Wrangler, only time will tell what Chrysler officially decides to do with the iconic vehicle. We hope to see improvements in efficiency and technology without sacrificing look or handling. Stay connected with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for updated Jeep news, or stop in to look at current and used models.

Speculations and information found on Four Wheeler Network.

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