Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently showcased its updated business plan and among the many technical novelties, there is also important product information.
First and foremost, we can talk here about the next generation Jeep Wrangler – which is one of the most anticipated models in the group’s roster. According to the parent company, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will feature some next generation powertrains (the next generation will first be presented with current ones, apparently) – the company has been coy on specific details but we do know they vowed to produce new “global small and medium engine architectures” sometimes this year. Besides these “next gen” gasoline powertrains, we also noticed the company would deliver the Wrangler in a rather wide array of fuel economy friendly versions – a mild hybrid (this usually means Start/Stop technology) and also a regular hybrid electric variant. Also for the first time ever in the United States the diesel version could reach customers around the country.
Also in related product introduction news, we also noticed the all-new Chrysler Pacifica will indeed be offered with an eco-friendly PHEV (plug in hybrid electric) powertrain. Moving on, the Ram 1500 is also slated to debut a new generation – which will also adopt the next generation powertrains and mild hybrid version down the line. Both the Wrangler and Ram 1500 are also slated to come to market with a “significant weight reduction” and “active aero systems” – most likely an active shutter grille. FCA also said among the lines the models would feature an electric power steering system and an axle disconnect switch for the AWD versions.