2018 might seem like a ways off, but already Jeep is busy planning out the next generation of the Wrangler, which is slated to launch then. Mike Manley, the head of the Jeep brand, recently divulged some information about the fully redesigned SUV.
First off, Jeep fans can rest at night knowing that unlike the new Cherokee, the next Wrangler will not ride on a platform developed by Fiat, proving once again that the universe is not completely melting down. Manley in fact promised that the highly utilitarian Wrangler will ride on its own platform that will address the unique set of needs its owners demand. That new platform supposedly will contain “no compromises” which is why it cannot share its architecture with another model under the sun.
While details about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler are scarce so far, Manley did let slip that the platform will involve some weight reduction technologies. With recent industry trends, there is a strong possibility the Wrangler will have an aluminum body that will help improve fuel consumption and will make recovery efforts that much easier. There is no word on whether or not Jeep will drop the curb weight to the point that handles can be installed at the four corners of the vehicle, allowing for lift-and-carry recoveries like back in the day.
What really is fueling the weight reduction efforts is the tightening government regulations. Manley stated that not only will the model shed weight, the engine will also contain numerous design improvements that will also increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.