Report – Next-gen Jeep Wrangler will be lighter, approval in ten weeks

Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 - 1:01pm IST

New details have emerged on the next generation 2016 Jeep Wrangler which is up for approval in the next ten weeks.

Jeep Wrangler Stitch front
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler will loose weight and ditch the solid axle suspension setup.

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat-Chrysler has confirmed that the 2016 Wrangler will be lighter and have more fuel efficient engines. A diesel powertrain is also under consideration for the American market.

Currently, the Jeep Wrangler comes with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine in the U.S. which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The new model could receive a diesel motor, possibly from the Jeep Cherokee along with more fuel-efficient transmissions, similar to the 9-speed unit on the Cherokee.

The new Wrangler will have to loose some weight due to government fuel economy regulations. Use of lighter materials and improved aerodynamics will be implemented to enhance the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and keep it in production.

A major change would be the shift from the current solid axle setup to the independent suspension system. Engineers are working hard to meet the new requirements, while making sure that the Wrangler stays true to its off-roading capabilities.

Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition front left
The Jeep Wrangler will only be manufactured at Toledo, Ohio

Many Jeep loyalists feel the coil-link suspension setup is durable and easy to customize, and should stay as it is.

Marchionne also said that the company will ramp up production to meet the worldwide demand for the Wrangler. He was quick to point out that the vehicle would only be manufactured at Toledo, Ohio. When it is available in India, the Wrangler would be a CBU unit and hence command a higher price tag.

Jeep will also launch the new unnamed sub-compact SUV this year which shares its platform with the Fiat 500X. It is surely not going to be called Jeepster as confirmed by Marchionne. The baby Jeep is being developed with a part of the input coming from Chrysler’s R&D center based in Chennai, and will be sold in India from 2015 if the launch is on schedule.

[Source – AutoNews.com via Auto Guide]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Next-gen Jeep Wrangler will be lighter, approval in ten weeks

  1. Joseph says:

    That picture of the 2016 Jeep shown above is the ugliest thing iv ever seen…. Fiat, leave the suspension alone

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    1. Ramesh says:

      Don’t understand why use wide angle lens which makes it ugly looking.

      Reply
  2. William says:

    I was never a big jeep fan until the 4 door versions came out. To me the 4 door versions look a lot better and they have more space.

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  3. Greg says:

    Apparently you have not drove a new wrangler with the Penstar 3.6v6. My 2013 Rubicon unlimited will bark the tires 1st thru third with the stock 32 in bfg mud terrains. 285 hp, with a 6 speed manual. I love it.

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  4. mike perry says:

    Dont mess the wrangler up man.

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    1. Suzy says:

      The last classic jeep wrangler was the 2006… After that they started looking like hummers 🙁 I’m glad I have my jeep wrangler unlimited 2006!!!

      Reply

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