Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler won't be getting an aluminum body after all.
While the executive had previously hinted at that possibility, he has now confirmed “There will be a large portion of that vehicle that will be aluminum" but "it will not be all aluminum." This likely means we can expect a number of aluminum components - such as an aluminum hood - but a traditional steel body.
As Marchionne explained, the company looked at the numbers and determined an aluminum-bodied Wrangler simply didn't make enough sense from a cost and mileage perspective. He went on to say "I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum. I think we can get very close.”
Besides talking about the Wrangler, Marchionne said the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee might be pushed back so it can be jointly-developed with the upcoming Grand Wagoneer. If this happens, it likely won't be a long delay as the next-generation Grand Cherokee is scheduled to be introduced a year before the Grand Wagoneer.