Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted at an aluminum body for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted at an aluminum body for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

At the beginning of the year we heard Sergio saying "we need to take weight out" and "we know we need to update the architecture" when talking about the next generation Jeep Wrangler set to come out in 2017 or later. Now, during the Fiat-Chrysler Investor Day press conference he said aluminum could be the way to go for the next-gen Wrangler.

Taking the aluminum route will shave off some considerable weight which could be further extended by replacing the full-size spare wheel with a smaller one positioned beneath the car. In addition, it is believed the fold-down windshield will be dropped while a power-retractable soft top will be optionally offered.

On a related note, Sergio Marchionne dismissed the possibility of aluminum-bodied Ram models even though Ford's new F-150 has received the Al treatment and could be followed by the next generations of the Explorer and Expedition.

Next generation Jeep Wrangler getting aluminum body - report