2017 Jeep Wrangler News and Rumors
The iconic Jeep Wrangler is due to arrive as a completely redesigned model. It is most likely to make its debut for the 2017 model year. While the automotive public is busy commenting on the new Jeep Renegade and the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the brand’s biggest fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the brand new Wrangler. According to the CEO of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, Sergio Marchionne, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will come as an all-new model with substantial improvements in every aspect imaginable. Among the most important enhancements will be its significantly improved fuel economy. Of course, the Jeep Wrangler will retain its recognizable features that have made it one of the world’s iconic vehicles.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Redesign
So, the primary goal for Jeep’s engineers will be the enhanced fuel-efficiency. In order to reduce its weight, the company plans to base the 2017 Jeep Wrangler on a new aluminum body-shell. In essence, all of the steel components will be replaced with the lighter aluminum parts. This means the production will no longer be possible at the Toledo facility since the new aluminum platform requires considerable investments.
Many models under the FCA group are underpinned by Fiat’s platforms, including the Jeep Cherokee SUV. However, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will be based on a universal platform. Despite being a thoroughly redesigned model, the new Wrangler will still come in its recognizable shape. It is expected to retain all of its trademark features.
New Wrangler with New Engine
Although the weight reduction should contribute to the Wrangler’s fuel efficiency to some extent, other changes will be required as well. Thus the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is set to receive new engines. One of the revolutionary changes should come with a new turbocharged engine, the first one in Jeep’s lineup ever. It is expected to replace the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 hp and 347 Nm of torque. Its fuel economy is estimated at 11.7 l/100 km. In addition to that, the new engine will be downsized as well. It is part of the effort to offer smaller turbocharged units equally powerful as their larger predecessors. It remains to be seen how exactly is this new engine going to affect the new Wrangler’s fuel efficiency.