Could There be an Aluminum Wrangler?
The Jeep Wrangler is a classic, recognizable across the world, so any rumored changes are sure to whet the industry’s appetite for more information. Never has that been truer than with the recent rumors of aluminum bodywork. Drivers around Regina as well as experts have been pondering what this will mean for the brand, and whether such a dynamic move is possible.
Expectations of aluminum body construction shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to motoring enthusiasts. With advanced technology allowing the lightweight material to rival the strength of steel, there’s been a noticeable move towards aluminum alloy construction in vehicle parts, so larger projects were never going to be far behind.
Jeep already made a one-off lightweight Wrangler in 2011, which shaved 850 pounds from the base model, and later developed another one-off from the Wrangler Rubicon, which took off a mammoth 1,130 pounds.
This is clearly an idea that has spent a lot time being tested, ensuring that lightweight construction will totally live up to the Wrangler’s rough-and-ready capabilities.
A Lighter Touch
With dramatic weight-loss figures evident, an aluminum Wrangler could be a real game-changer. Regina drivers could enjoy even better handling, an enhanced ability to climb steep gradients, and greater acceleration.
They’d also get vastly improved efficiency, and not just from the lost pounds. An eight-speed automatic transmission doesn’t fit in the current Wrangler — but it might slip into an aluminum model. Combined with the loss of heavy steel, Wrangler owners could see a sharp drop in fuel consumption.
Jeep wouldn’t make a change like this unless it signaled a significant improvement in performance. In fact, looking at the current capabilities of the Wrangler makes you wonder how anything less than a major change could improve an already world-class off-road vehicle.
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has best-in-class capability due to its 3.6L Pentastar V6 — three-time winner of Ward’s 10 Best Engines. Add best-in-class ground clearance, best-in-class approach and departure angles, plus best-in-class maneuverability, and it isn’t hard to see why this is a top-of-the-range Trail Rated machine. Couple that with a cutting-edge aluminum body, and you’ve got a whole new generation of vehicles.
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Of course, this could indicate any number of changes. Will there be a new engine? Will a new Wrangler keep the coveted solid axle? All of us at Crestview Chrysler will keep you informed, so keep checking back for further information.