Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Jeep Wrangler
2017 is going to be an exciting year for Jeep thanks to the new changes they’re bringing to their Wrangler line, the small SUVs that descend directly from the old US Army Jeeps that rolled across the plains and forests of France and the deserts of North Africa. But while the spirit and the basic design are just the same as ever, the original Jeep probably wouldn’t recognize its offspring thanks to all the improvements and technology changes that are coming to the new model.
An Aluminum Body
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler will be the latest vehicle to embrace the new, steel-tough aluminum alloys that drop a lot of weight without losing any safety or strength. Not only does this mean the new Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will be lighter on their feet, it also means the vehicle will get a significant boost to its fuel efficiency. That’s particularly good news for the Wrangler, since its 4×4 drive system and other off-road features can be a drain on the engine.
A Truck Body
You’d think that Jeep and trucks would go hand in hand, and they have in the past, but for whatever reason the company hasn’t offered any trucks in the past several years. However, that’s all set to change soon. Toward the end of 2017, Jeep will be adding a truck to its Wrangler family of vehicles. The truck very likely won’t be any bigger than the average compact pickup, but people are already starting to get excited about the idea of combining the payload and bed setup of a truck with the customization options and off-road skill of the Wrangler.
New Engine and Transmission Options
While Wrangler’s current V6 engine will probably get a little better than it was before, one rumor that’s been circling the grapevine is that then 2017 Wrangler will come with a four-cylinder diesel option. This option should suit the low-speed off-road Wrangler just fine, and its high torque should improve the SUV’s towing capacity past 3,500 pounds. Another rumor says that the Wrangler will also get a third engine option: a hybrid. Not only would this save the environment by reducing carbon emissions, it would also make a tank of gas go much farther when you and your Wrangler are far away from civilization.
At the same time, the new Wrangler will also be making use of the Chrysler Group’s eight-speed automatic transmission, a transmission which didn’t fit into the older Wrangler’s engine compartment. Thanks to the redesign, however, there is now some room to spare for a larger transmission.
The Jeep Wrangler is a timeless classic, and Jeep often has trouble reaching everyone who wants a new Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited. Adding a Wrangler truck will likely drive up both supply and demand, making the Wrangler more popular and just as hard to get. Once you include all the other changes coming to the line, it becomes very likely that you’ll see a smash hit once the new Wrangler finally goes on sale in 2017.
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