The next-generation Jeep Wrangler which is set to arrive in 2017, will feature solid axles, says a report.
The Wrangler is praised for its promising durability in off-road driving, and its suspension is one of the key reasons behind it. The decision to stick with solid axles should satisfy Wrangler enthusiasts who were troubled with the increased chances of FCA ditching the current setup. Independent suspension setup, on the other hand, can help in making the SUV lighter but they are more complicated to work on.
Solid axles allow the vehicle to drive through challenging off-road conditions as they provide better articulation. Also, the ability to ‘lift’ or increase the vehicle’s ground clearance is less complicated in case of solid axles.
However, the company is taking certain measures to improve the vehicle’s fuel economy and aerodynamics, according to the report. The new-generation Wrangler will have a lighter, aluminum body and might get smaller in size, too. Smaller but more powerful, turbocharged engines will ensure efficient performance, which will be complemented by a new eight-speed transmission. The latter is likely to replace the current 5-speed automatic unit. Also, for improved aerodynamics, the folding windshield will be ditched for a fixed one.
Source: Automotive News