Sergio Marchionne sent the Jeep faithful into a tizzy when he suggested the 2017 Wrangler could adopt an aluminum unibody but it looks like the fears could be unfounded.

Sergio Marchionne sent the Jeep faithful into a tizzy when he suggested the 2017 Wrangler could adopt an aluminum unibody but it looks like the fears could be unfounded.

According to Automotive News, sources have confirmed the next-generation model will continue to feature body-on-frame construction. However, the same sources suggested it will still adopt an aluminum body so hopefully this will result in a more fuel-efficient Wrangler that still has plenty of off-road capability.

Furthermore, it looks like the 2017 Wrangler will continue to be built at the iconic Toledo Assembly Plant which has been home to CJs and Wranglers for decades. Marchionne had suggested production could be moved somewhere else but he recently meet with state and local officials who attempted to change his mind. The company is staying tight-lipped about the discussions but 12 days after that meeting the city of Toledo agreed to purchase over 32 acres of land next to the plant for a possible expansion.

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