The next-generation Wrangler from Jeep will keep the solid axles that are necessary to keep it at the top of the off road heap.
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler, due in 2017, will get some updates to its suspension for better ride quality and fuel economy. The basic design will remain the same and that means that we can still roll sweet sweet terrain. Although frankly a Rubicon model that has Dana 60 axles would be awesome.
News that the Wrangler will keep its basic suspension design is a huge relief to us Jeep loyalists who had worried that the body-on-frame design be changed to an independent front and/or rear suspension.
It is also a relief to the aftermarket industry that sells several billion dollars in accessories each year to Wrangler owners, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
This means that Wrangler lifts, while not cheap, will be far easier and less expensive than an IFS lift.
The next-generation Wrangler is beginning to take shape. The wrangler will have a lighter aluminum body and be smaller than the current model in order to shed weight and improve its aerodynamics. This will in turn improve its fuel economy. Rumored to have a fixed windscreen with a significant rake, instead of the traditional Jeep windshield, to improve its aerodynamics. It also will come with their eight-speed automatic transmission. Still a slush box, let’s hope a manual is still available.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said that the next-generation Wrangler will utilize smaller, more powerful turbocharged engines than the current 3.6-liter V-6 powerplant.