Recently leaked documents appearing on JLWranglerforums.com suggest that the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will feature various grades of aluminium in its construction.
The leaked documents belong to Alcoa, a multi-national corporation that specialises in lightweight metals and one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) suppliers.
The Alcoa documents reveal that the all-new Wrangler will be the first FCA vehicle to feature a new C6A1 alloy in its construction. In addition to this it confirms that another two already known grades of alloy will be used.
According to the documents, the Wrangler’s bonnet, door frames and other body panels will all be made from aluminium.
Use of the light-weight material is an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency, an area not excelled in by the current Wrangler.
The Wrangler’s current, somewhat thirsty, Pentastar V6 petrol engine, is set to be replaced in the new model with FCA’s ‘Hurricane’ 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo that can produce in excess of 220kW while providing significant efficiency gains.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox will also feature in the new Wrangler’s spec sheet, aiding both fuel efficiency and if the ratios are well chosen, off-road ability.
If your idea of the perfect 4X4 is a ute, then FCA has that covered as well. While it’s unlikely to be available from launch, a ute variant of the new Wrangler has been confirmed.