News and rumors recently began picking up with the next generation Jeep Wrangler in discussion. At first, there were rumors and fears the Wrangler would lose its character by becoming a crossover SUV with a unibody, versus the rugged and simple body-on-frame truck it is today and always has been. But those rumors were shut down, thankfully, as the Wrangler is said to keep its construction. However, it may still use an aluminum body to reduce weight.
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Additionally, AutomotiveNews reports the Wrangler could gain a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, which doesn’t sound too off, considering Chrysler’s new obsession with ZF automatics. This would be the new eight-speed automatic serving duty in a variety of applications and forms from the Chrysler 300, to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Ram 1500.
The new Wrangler is scheduled to surface in 2018 with an aluminum body to improve fuel economy. Chances are to expect the usual 3.6L Pentastar V6 under the hood, but hopefully, our fingers our crossed for a diesel version featuring the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s 3.0L V6.
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