Next Wrangler Could Get Hybrid, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber
All Options On Table to Preserve Capability, Improve Economy
It’s one of the most beloved and recognizable icons of the off-road industry and one that traditionally has only received incremental, evolutionary changes over the years to keep it in compliance with changing government regulations, while preserving its legendary off-road capability. Of course we’re talking about the Jeep Wrangler. According to Britain’s Auto Express, the next-generation Wrangler could employ a cornucopia of advanced materials and technologies to help it retain its off-road capability, as well as meeting future fuel economy targets.
According to Auto Express, Jeep brand chief Mike Manley said, “You have the potential for hybrid powertrains in the future.” He also added that aluminum, high-strength steel, and even carbon fiber are under consideration as potential materials for the future Wrangler. Lest a hybrid Wrangler sounds like rank heresy, Manley said “incredible crawl ratios” could be achieved with the torque and output of electric motors.
The current Wrangler JK still defiantly retains a solid front and rear axle, an upright windshield, and old-school body-on-frame construction, while most of the rest of the SUV world has long since abandoned that formula in favor of a lighter unibody and independent suspensions. With the looming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards set to rachet up to an unprecedented 54.5 mpg average by 2025, manufacturers don’t have much of a choice about improving fuel economy.
Source: Auto Express