2018 Jeep Wrangler To Feature Aluminum In Body, Leaked Internal Memo Reveals

Sep 19, 2016 07:22 AM EDT | Mariechris Felipe

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A steering wheel of a Jeep Wrangler is seen as the vehicle sits on the sales lot at the Hollywood Chrysler Jeep dealership on December 1, 2015 in Hollywood, Florida. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Jeep brand vehicle saw sales increase 20 percent, recording their best November in history.
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Earlier this year, FCA SEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that a heavy dose of aluminum will be present in the fourth generation of the Jeep Wrangler but didnt specified how. Now A recent report from globally recognized aluminum supplier Alcoa reveals that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will sport aluminum in its side body, doors and hood. It will utilize Aloca's C6A1 high form alloy which will significantly lessen its weight

Hunted But Not Seen

The Jeep Wrangler 2018 has been hunted rolling in testing phase before. The downside is it has a thickcamouflage that we can not tell if we are seeing the new body or just the third generation of the Wrangler having performances upgrade. As you can see in this gallery, we can only say that the wheel arches are bulkier and although it seems that the nose is longer, could be a visual effect. Everything seems to point, and if we consider the current trend is that their headlights incorporate LED technology.

Now we have more information about the body of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and know that it will have aluminum doors and hood and will be the first ever vehicle to use Aloca's C6A1 high form alloy.

"A team in the Farmington Hills (Michigan, USA) Aerospace and Automotive Products group is leading a new profitable growth opportunity with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler program. The next generation Jeep becomes the first to utilize our C6A1 high form alloy; we are currently the only supplier of this high form product," says the internal bulletin.

Lighter Is Better

The aluminum body of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler makes it stronger but lighter. Thanks to its remarkable weight reduction, the Wrangler will be more fuel efficient and will have better dynamic capabilities. The behavior will be more refined on the asphalt but as effective as ever out of it. It will also be better for the hybrid variants, which is confirmed to debut soon.

The engine of the 2018 Wrangler is still not announced but according to sources, its engine will be a revolution too. It will available in small and medium mechanical architectures. Together with the new engines and reduced weight, plus other important developments could be the incorporated in the active aerodynamic elements, power steering or axle disconnect system for four - wheel drive variants, the new Jeep Wrangler is set to impress.

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