Good news everyone. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently revised their company wide five year strategy that was originally presented to their investors in 2014. While other marques under FCA will be seeing funding cuts, Jeep appears to have benefited the most from this. Jeep’s spending has most likely been augmented to meet its 2018 volume target which has been increased to 2 million units.
FCA has confirmed the next gen Wrangler’s debut during this revision to sometime in 2017. It will feature both a diesel engine and a mild hybrid system followed by a full gasoline-electric hybrid system around 2022. The “advanced powertrains” are said to be offered because of the stricter emissions regulations and fuel economy requirements.
After the initial launch, the next gen Wrangler will be getting tweaked to increase fuel efficiency. One such tweak is the mild hybrid system which uses regenerative braking; brake energy is recovered to charge the Wrangler’s battery and then used to run features like the air conditioner. Working alongside the hybrid system is the use of high-strength steel and lighter alternative materials to reduce the Wrangler’s body weight.
Following the mild hybrid system is the diesel powered Wrangler which should arrive near the end of 2020 and the already mentioned full hybrid system will come after that. No further details about the diesel engine or hybrid variants were discussed but it is speculated that the diesel engine could be the 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel already used in the Ram pickup.
We should hear more in the coming year so hang tight.