Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Could Get Aluminum Body Panels to Cut Weight

A new report claims that Chrysler may give the next-generation Jeep Wrangler aluminum body panels, in an effort to reduce its weight.

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A new report claims that Chrysler may give the next-generation Jeep Wrangler aluminum body panels, in an effort to reduce its weight.
Earlier this year Ford unveiled the 2015 Ford F-150, which thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, the new F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter. Chrysler’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne hinted this week that the next-generation of the Ram pickups may not use lightweight aluminum, but the new Wrangler could. Earlier this year it was reported that Chrysler wants to reduce the Wrangler’s weight to comply with the upcoming strict emissions regulations. Giving the next Wrangler lighter aluminum body panels would allow engineers to be able to retain the Wrangler’s bulky solid axles.

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The next-generation Jeep Wrangler is expected to arrive sometime in 2017.

Source: Jeep via Leftlane News