2017 Jeep Wrangler Rumors, What To Expect? – Rumors are swirling that a new Wrangler will replace the current JK versions as a 2017 model debuting in 2016. Jeep isn’t talking specifics yet, and that has us anxious here at Grieger Motors to find out more about one of the greatest off-road vehicles ever built.
It’s no surprise, we here at Grieger Motors sell almost every Jeep Wrangler we get on the dealership lot, so we are curious to see what Jeep has in store for the Wrangler’s next iteration. While details are scarce, we do have some idea of what to expect from the next generation Jeep Wrangler.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Rumors, What To Expect?
Solid Axles Out
As enthusiasts, of course, we all want to keep the solid axles under our beloved Wranglers. Solid axles are simple, durable, and allow the suspension to be easily modified. However, it’s an antiquated design with some known flaws and assembly line difficulties that most of us overlook because of the many advantages. Word is that solid axles may not be in the plans for the 2017 Jeep. Don’t act so surprised, we know for a fact that there were IFS test mules built during the design phases of both the TJ and JK. Don’t take it so hard. The rumored IFS suspension would be a long-travel system, meaning the IFS Wrangler would likely handle bumps much better than its solid-axle counterpart. An IFS Wrangler would also provide more refined on- and off-road handling characteristics. These specific attributes would likely be at the cost of less low-speed articulation, the area where Jeep has been primarily focused for many years with its Rubicon model. It’s said that, in order to maintain the same general off-road performance as the current solid axle design, the IFS system would need at least 12 inches of wheel travel. Imagine a pair of long lower A-arms that nearly meet in the middle of the Jeep, like on the Jeep Hurricane concept.
We did bump into an especially interesting design possibility thought up many years ago by Jeep engineers. Some of the major drawbacks of IFS are the decreased ground clearance as the suspension compresses and the limited angularity available with traditional CV halfshafts. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler could be built with a sort of floating front differential that moves up and down with the lower A-arms as the suspension cycles, alleviating both of these known issues. It seems like the design introduces a lot more moving parts when you consider the steering, halfshafts, and driveshaft. All we know for sure is that if the new Wrangler has IFS, it won’t be long before an aftermarket company offers a solid axle swap kit. (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rumors, What To Expect?)
Transfer Case Upgrade
The Wrangler has always been great at slower off-roading, thanks to the great transfer case offered. Mud or dune running could very well be in the Wrangler’s future as rumors have been flying about a three-speed transfer case that would give the Wrangler a full range of off-road capabilities.
OK, fine, we get it. With a take-rate of only about 30 percent, the two-door Wrangler isn’t as popular as the four-door Unlimited model. However, that’s no reason to overlook the need for a rear fold-up seat detent. For eight model years, two-door Wrangler owners have had to deal with the flipped-up rear seat inadvertently folding back down and crushing things during hard acceleration. And speaking of rear seats, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a rear-seat delete option for both the two- and four-door? We’d also like to see a much flatter floor on the four-door with the back seats folded forward.
A diesel Jeep Wrangler has been the envy of many enthusiasts for years. With the advent of stricter fuel-economy standards, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel currently found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 should make its way between the fenders of the 2017 Wrangler. It may be a little large for the Wrangler to hold, but there are two 2.8-liter diesel engines making 161 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and 197 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque available from within the all-encompassing Fiat/Chrysler brand lineup. A diesel Wrangler would provide exceptional off-road capability with respectable fuel economy.
It would be nice to deflate and inflate tires on the go when in a Wrangler. However, on-board air could be used for a host of off-road activities like inflating camp mattresses and lake floaters. It just makes sense to have this as an option on the next Wrangler.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the last SUVs in the industry to be built with a body-on frame design. The sturdy design is popular amongst enthusiasts but it also comes with a few caveats. If Jeep was to make the next-gen Wrangler a uni-body, it would produce a Wrangler that is lighter and cheaper to produce, plus it would be stronger than the current body-on frame design. The lighter weight will give way to better fuel economy while the rigid chassis will give it better handling characteristics all around.
While the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is still years away, rumors will continue to swirl about what it will include. We can only hope that Jeep understands how excited we here at Grieger Motors are about what great product we will be honored to sell next.
For more information on what to expect for the new Jeep Wrangler and to browse our entire Jeep inventory, be sure to stop by our showroom here at Grieger’s Motor Sales located at 1756 US Highway 30 West, Valparaiso, IN.
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