Posted on September 25, 2016
Automotive Leak Reveals that 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be Made of Aluminum
Although Toronto Jeep fans know that WikiLeaks never encompassed secrets coveted by leaders in the automotive world, we now have the next best thing: a leaked memo making its way to a Wrangler forum revealing that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have doors and a hood made of aluminum.
As revealed in an internal bulletin, the next generation of Wrangler will use Aloca’s C6A1 which is an alloy of high form. Other Aloca forms such as 6022 and A951 will be utilized for the rear doors, hood and front doors. According to the leak, "A team in the Farmington Hills (Michigan, USA) Aerospace and Automotive Products group is leading a new profitable growth opportunity with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler program. The next generation Jeep becomes the first to utilize our C6A1 high form alloy; we are currently the only supplier of this high form product.”
The CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Sergio Marchionne, did announce earlier in 2016 that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler would be made with heavy doses of aluminum, but that it won’t be made entirely of aluminum. We also know that a pickup version is anticipated for the 2018 Wrangler, as well as new engines. The next Wrangler is slated to be manufactured in Toledo, Ohio, and FCA will spend around $1.05 billion on its Wrangler factory, as well as add another Illinois plant.
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