2018 Jeep Wrangler to be lighter, sport better ride quality – Report


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Lighter body expected, too.

The 2018 Jeep Wranger will continue to use solid axles – which help in maintaining its off-roading cred – but will get updates to improve the ride quality, reports Automotive News.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Edition front profile
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to get an 8-speed automatic gearbox, while a hybrid powertrain is a possibility, too. Picture for representational purposes only.

The vehicle, positioned as the bread and butter model in Jeep’s line up, is expected to undergo huge changes with its next generation version out in 2017. It’s expected to shed some weight thanks to the use of a lighter, aluminium body, and will boast improved aerodynamics, too.

Previous reports have mentioned the possibility of Jeep introducing an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that would increase the vehicle’s fuel efficiency by up to 9 percent. It will also retain its body-on-frame structure, which like the solid axles, helps in off-roading.

Under the hood, the 2018 Wrangler could be offered with a hybrid drivetrain, as Jeep CEO believes that the electric motor could be useful in offering the extra torque needed while scaling rough terrain and inclines, mentions another report.

Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition side
The next generation Jeep Wrangler will retain its body-on-frame structure. Picture for representational purposes only.

Also read: Sub-Renegade Jeep crossover under consideration

As for the Indian market, it remains to be seen what course Jeep takes. After the postponed entry, FCA is expected to arrive this year via the CBU route. It’s said to start with 15 dealerships, which will be doubled next year. The proposed line up for India remains unchanged – current versions of both Wrangler and Grand Cherokee will come.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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