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Self-lowering Wrangler?

by David Zatz on

As Wranglers have gotten taller and gained hard tops, a problem has arisen: some people may find them difficult to get into their garage.

A source of unknown veracity, not connected with FCA, wrote that the company may be planning a suspension lowering system to deal with this problem in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2018 Jeep Wrangler rendering

Ram and Jeep both have optional “air suspensions” already, which allow one to alter the height of the body; the Ram Rebel relies on it to achieve its greater height.

The system would most likely be an option, and could allow the lift and ground clearance of a Rubicon (or more) without the inconvenience of climbing into or parking a high vehicle.

The system remains the stuff of speculation and hearsay, and even if the proposal has been taken to the prototype stage, there is no guarantee it will make it to production; many prototypes are made and discarded because they are impractical in cost, safety, comfort, or durability.

An air suspension would seem to conflict with the Wrangler’s core themes and traditions, and at this time, Allpar is putting the idea into the “possibilities” pile.

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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