The American automaker’s chief executive officer, Mike Manley, has apparently said the new generation of the iconic Wrangler model is pushing hard for increased efficiency – thus being lighter and more aerodynamic.

Jeep has a huge issue with the Wrangler update – they need to make sure an epic fail is avoided. The brand has been doing great in the US and overseas and the last thing they need is a “photobomb” of epic proportions. Bu the brand is also trying to do the right thing and its questing to bring the Wrangler well into the 21st century. “You have to be very careful with the aero of Wrangler, because at the end of the day, it needs to be recognizable as a Wrangler,” Manley has commented recently. “To some extent that restricts you on some of the aero that you can do.” According to spy shots out there on the Internet, we’re being treated to the same boxy shape but with a more rakish windshield and front end.

Fortunately, with the weight and a number of the changes that we’ve made, you’re going to see that we’ve really pushed that vehicle forward in terms of its fuel economy.” This means that beside aerodynamic improvements the engineering team has also succeeded in improving the weight – even though FCA abandoned the aluminum idea as far as we know. The frame will be made lighter and stronger – most likely with the newest steel alloys, and some of the “hang-on” body elements will use the aluminum idea. The legendary elements won’t change though – we have a body-on-frame platform and most likely solid axles at both ends. Other related news talk about four-cylinder turbo gasoline engines, diesel power and a new eight-speed automatic.

Via Automotive News


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