Rumors indicate that Jeep could be making a seriously big change to the next generation Wrangler, which may make enthusiasts extremely skeptical. According to a new report from AutomobileNews, who spoke with Jeep’s chief, Mike Manley, the Wrangler could lose its solid axles due to stricter fuel economy standards.
The reason for this potential decision is due to the fact that solid axle setups weight significantly more than independent suspension designs. And weight is a major factor in dictating fuel economy. Though another downside to the Wrangler dropping its solid axle setup, it threatens the aftermarket segment, which is very rich for Wranglers.
“We’re already in an environment where it’s a challenge to produce a vehicle in that way, and it’s going to get harder,” Manley said. “What I can tell you is that the vehicle is absolutely fundamental to our DNA, and it’s going to become progressively harder to make sure that the vehicle meets all of the standards that are required for it.”