2017 Jeep Wrangler – We Look Underneath

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The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is coming back! After the 2014 iteration, the all-American off-road seems to be ready for a makeover. And some makerove it will be. According to rumors, the Wrangler will be riding on a new, lighter, aluminum and high-strength steel based platform, and it will include some exterior modifications as well. Under the hood, it will ditch the old 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, and replace it with smaller, likely turbocharged, and more efficient units.

Apparently, the engineering team in charge of the Jeep Wrangler are feeling some heat from the upcoming Land Rover, as well as the new pressure to meet the ever stricter CAFE regulations. The current 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway just won’t cut it any longer. The improved ratings will be delivered courtesy of a new powerhouse, which may, in addition to gasoline powered engines, include a diesel powerplant as well.The Wrangler team is also targeting a significant weight loss which will be accomplished with an extensive use of aluminum. For example, Ford recently shed as much as 700 pounds on the new F-150 thanks to the aluminum based platform. Another good thing going for aluminum is that it does not rust, which is no mean thing for an off-road vehicle. The following details are the best we could come up with in way of describing a model which is still deep in pre-production phase. The available information is sketchy at best, and should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, one thing is certain, the iconic Wrangler is coming back.

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Exterior and Interior

2017 Jeep Wrangler Side
2017 Jeep Wrangler Side

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler will, for the most part, resemble the current Wrangler, except that the auto maker leaked some unofficial information that the model will receive new headlamps and tail lights, which will likely be influenced by the Jeep Renegade lights. The front windshield will in all probability be replaced by a fixed unit and the soft top will be gone too. This is an interesting decision since the soft top has always been one of the highlights of the model. However, it looks like the soft top’s removal may have something to do with a weight reduction, and ultimately improved fuel economy, the Wrangler team is aiming for. Rumors point out that the tailgate will be restyled, whereas the bumpers will remain unchanged since the current 5×5 wheel bolt patterns lends itself well to adding optional features such as brush bars or winches. The interior can be expected to remain basically unchanged from the current Wrangler with its leather covered seats and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment with Uconnect software and Sirus XM radio.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Inside
2017 Jeep Wrangler Inside

Powertrain

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is likely to be outfitted with a turbocharged unit, or more than one, with gasoline and diesel engines in the cards. Whichever transmission they pick for the model, the four wheel drive is bound to stay. The targeted fuel ratings should be improved as compared to the current 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Engine
2017 Jeep Wrangler Engine

2017 Jeep Wrangler Release Date and Price

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is not likely to appear before the summer of 2017. The pricing will begin at roughly $32,000.

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