2017 Jeep Wrangler Expected to Keep its Solid Axles

Ask any Wrangler driver about their favorite feature and you're bound to get a few answers. But paramount to most Jeepers is off-road capability, something its rugged solid axles and four-wheel-drive speak specifically to. According to a new report from Automotive News, those solid axles apparently won't be going anywhere.  The publication confirms that despite a next-generation vehicle expected to debut for 2017, that Wrangler will feature suspension updates to enhance ride and fuel efficiency, but will not abandoned the tried and true solid axles, dispelling fears of a change to independent suspension or even hybridization. RELATED: Check out the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade While this will come as a sigh of relief to the Wrangler faithful, the industry paper also notes that the news will ease the minds of aftermarket suspension kit suppliers. They could stand to lose substantial business in the event of a suspension change. Little is defined about the future Wrangler SUV, but we are beginning to learn more and more. An earlier report questioning the viability of a hybrid Wrangler revealed that the next-gen vehicle will extensively use aluminum, high-strength steel, and perhaps even carbon fiber in its construction in order to shed weight. Chrysler's 3.0-liter diesel V6 is already US-certified and at work underneath the Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee, while unconfirmed, the diesel mill will likely find its way to the Wrangler in the near future. As far as styling goes, the 2017 Wrangler is pegged to receive a slightly more aerodynamic design, though don't expect the Wrangler identity to be lost. In the previous report, Jeep brand president Mike Manley noted, “If we styled a Wrangler that didn't look like a Wrangler, I would have to have eight security guards.” RELATED: Take a closer look at the limited edition Jeep Wrangler Altitude _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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