Chrysler Studies Aluminum-Bodied Jeep Wrangler
|   Thursday, October 30, 2014
Like it or not, change is coming to the Jeep Wrangler. It is something that had to be expected for the iconic four-wheel-driver vehicle.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler, now a subsidiary of Fiat, has been thinking of changing the Wrangler for some time. Initially, the automaker was reportedly studying an all-aluminum-bodied replacement for the Wrangler. Further, at the time the automaker was considering this plan, it was also thinking about a major change in the way the Wrangler is built.


Because it is an all-steel design, the Wrangler is not as fuel-efficient as it might be. With this said, the automaker was thinking of using aluminum in place of steel. And, if this were to be the case, the automaker was going to use unibody construction in the Wrangler.

If they had used aluminum, it was noted, the Wrangler would have to be moved out of Toledo, though it was not indicated where the new Wrangler might have been built.

Now, however, the decision has apparently been made to keep the iconic four-by-four in Toledo. This followed Fiat-Chrysler's decision to retain the body-on-frame construction style that has been used in the Wrangler since it first took to the road.

For the moment, then, the basic Wrangler will remain the same. Although there might be some changes to the front and rear ends, the overall vehicle outline will remain the same.

Ultimately, though Fiat-Chrysler may have wanted to use aluminum for the Wrangler, at the moment, everything is on hold. However, it is likely that the automaker will eventually implement an aluminum-bodied Wrangler as it seeks to cut weight out of the vehicle and improve its fuel economy.
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