Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne Hints at an Aluminum-Bodied Jeep Wrangler

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The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Automotive News at the Paris Auto Show, the strongest indication Fiat Chrysler has yet given that it might follow Ford’s path, aluminum bodies, to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards set to go into effect next year from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne also said.

The next Wrangler, due in 2017, has to lose weight and be powered by smaller engines than its current 3.6-liter V-6 engine in order to help Fiat Chrysler meet stricter U.S. fuel economy rules.

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