2017 Jeep Wrangler

New generation of the popular SUV will start with 2017 Jeep Wrangler, which will be significantly altered. Changes we can expect were somewhat discovered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne. He announced that Wrangler could change its platform, in order to reduce the weight. This info started several rumors about how different will the new Wrangler be, from what we originally know? Will the popular off-roader keep some things it was loved for, as well as its ruggedness and unconventional appearance?

2017 Jeep Wrangler Front

2017 Jeep Wrangler changes

Like we mentioned earlier, new Wrangler will have lightweight aluminum body. This change of material use for the body of the vehicle will probably be followed by platform switch. Instead of body-on-frame construction, 2017 Jeep Wrangler will most likely be built on a unibody platform, which would further reduce the weight.

These essential changes in construction of the SUV pull one thing after another, so the Wrangler could also change its production house. Toledo Assembly Plant, were it has been built for decades, probably won’t be the place of 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s assembly, since this plant doesn’t respond to new needs of Wrangler. About this replacement, Marchionne said: “If the solution is aluminum, then I think unfortunately that Toledo is the wrong place, the wrong setup to try and build a Wrangler, because it requires a complete re-configuring of the assets that would be cost-prohibitive.”

Latest news, however reveal that 2017 Jeep Wrangler will keep its body-on-frame construction, which is a relief since this construction is one of the reasons for its great off-road performances.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Rear

2017 Jeep Wrangler engine

It is still early to give exact prognoses about the powertrain of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, but some things are revealed. Current engine will be carried over, and Marchionne also announced that there is a big possibility for Wrangler to get engines with smaller displacement, which would be upgraded with turbochargers. However there was nothing said about what are the exact engines that could be found under Wrangler’s hood.

3.6-Liter Pentastar V6 is the only known engine with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices are not mentioned, so there is a big possibility for a transfer, so expect 6-speed manual as standard and 5-speed automatic as optional. All-wheel drive continues to be standard with high- and low-range gearing.

Fuel economy will be improved, definitely. Broad usage of lightweight materials will definitely make an impact on the overall economy, while the fuel savings will additionally be enabled with smaller displacement engines.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Interior

2017 Jeep Wrangler competition

2017 Jeep Wrangler falls into category of compact and mid-size SUVs specialized for off-road driving, and as such it doesn’t have many competitors, as regular compact and mid-size SUVs. The closest rivals for Wrangler are Toyota FJ Cruiser, Nissan Xterra and Land Rover Discovery. Potentially it could also be confronted with BMW’s X3 4×4 version.

2017 Jeep Wrangler price and release

Redesigned Wrangler big debut will happen in 2016, when the vehicle will be presented as a 2017 model. Pricing specs are still a mystery, but the low weight materials used in its production are pretty pricey. Having that in mind, we believe that 2017 Jeep Wrangler price will feature an increase compared to current version’s base price of approximately $23,000. If we had to predict the exact figure, we would bet around the $25,000.

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