Jeep CEO Mike Manley says they are considering a hybrid system for the next generation Wrangler.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley says they are considering a hybrid system for the next generation Wrangler.

Earlier this week we found out from Mike Manley the all-new Wrangler could spawn a pickup derivative and now he revealed the off-roader might get a plug-in hybrid option. Speaking to British magazine Auto Express, Manley said installing an electric motor is a good idea since it provides the torque right away which is very useful for a car of this kind.

However, Manley admits there might be a problem with the Wrangler's range since the current battery technology is not on par for an off-road adventure. He went on to specify that “if you are eight hours and four miles into a trail, there is not a hybrid that we could do which could provide the battery support."

Likely getting an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (US-spec) could get diesel engines as well as a lighter and more aerodynamic body. Manley said high-strength steel and aluminum have great potential but he also referred to carbon fiber as being an opportunity. He also said they have to be careful with the styling since the new model will have to still look like a Wrangler.

The overhauled Jeep Wrangler will likely go on sale towards the end of 2017 as a 2018MY and should retain the body-on-frame structure.

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