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Wrangler keeping solid axles

by David Zatz on

Larry Vellequette, writing in Automotive Newsscooped the world in a key story about the Jeep from which others draw their power.

The Jeep Wrangler, descendant of the legendary Army Jeeps and Willys/Kaiser/AMC CJ series, will keep its solid axles after all.

While long-travel independent suspensions can be made to have superior off-road performance, they are very difficult and expensive to modify, while the current setup is relatively easy to change.

Mr. Vellequette did not mention sources for the news, but has generally been accurate in his reporting. He also noted  that, as Sergio Marchionne has hinted, Wrangler will have a body with much more aluminum; and, as Bob Sheaves speculated, would have a smaller body (at least in its frontal area) to improve aerodynamics, with a raked windshield.  Original story • Note: image is a speculative rendering. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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