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Next Wrangler may be heavier

by David Zatz on

Despite greater use of aluminum, the next Jeep Wrangler may be 300 pounds heavier, according to industry engineer and AMC/Jeep veteran Robert Sheaves.

One major cause is the possibility that the government may revoke a current rollover exception for convertibles (which is how the Wrangler is technically classed). This would require increased strength for some components. Other safety issues, including relatively new IIHS and NCAP tests and toughened Federal standards, may also come into play.

For a full discussion of the issues and possible solutions, see Mr. Sheaves’ article. Also see our section on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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