2017 is the year when Jeep wants to do a complete rethink on the iconic Wrangler off roader. While the American SUV maker will continue to build the Jeep, 2017 will be when an all-new version of the Wrangler off roader is expected to break cover. The 2017 Wrangler will continue to use a ladder frame chassis, much at odds with the monocoque body that was predicted by certain quarters. However, steel will make for aluminium on the 2017 Wrangler’s ladder frame chassis, serving to lighten the SUV significantly. Top Fiat-Chrysler and Jeep officials have maintained that the 2017 Wrangler will be the most capable ever.
So, the transition to an aluminium ladder frame from a steel chassis should only serve to make the SUV better than ever before. Other changes on the 2017 Wrangler are expected to center around the suspension layout and the engines. In the 2017 Wrangler, downsized turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, in 4 cylinder layouts, are expected to replace the 3.6 liter V6 petrol and 2.8 liter-inline 4 turbo diesel engines of the current version. The 8 speed automatic transmission could also be a part of the 2017 Wrangler’s drivetrain, considering the fuel efficiency gains it brings to the table.
Jeep will launch the current Wrangler SUV in India next year, as its maiden offering for the market the American brand is seeking to establish a presence in. The Wrangler that will be launched here will be a completely built unit (CBU), serving as a brand builder for the SUV maker. After the 2017 Wrangler hits the international market, expect it to also be launched in India. Jeep has big plans for India, from launching a slew of SUVs here to making the country an export hub for the C-Segment SUV, which is said to be replacement of the Patriot/Compass models.