Jeep fans, you’re not out of the woods yet, but the latest news is good: Automotive News reports that the next-generation Wrangler will stick with floating solid axles front and rear. Fiat-Chrysler wouldn’t comment on the report, but the theory is that the combination of cost, capability, and ease of modification were deciding factors. We’re sure the multibillion dollar aftermarket industry is also pleased. Remember, Jeep showed off the lifted Cherokee Dakar Concept at the Easter Jeep Safari last year, but the first ingredient in the recipe for jacking up its independent suspension was, “a whole new suspension.”
Above that there will be an aluminum body that’s smaller than the current one, which Allpar says could be done with a narrower track and tighter gaps. It will sport a fixed windshield with increased rake to improve aero efficiency, and while there are rumors of a diesel-engined version that we’ll finally get in the US, there’s been no reliable info as of yet to back that up.