Last year Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the 2018 Jeep Wrangler would feature aluminum portions to save weight but wouldn’t be made entirely of aluminum. Now, thanks to a reader over at JL Wrangler Forums, we know exactly what portions of the new SUV will be made from the lighter metal.
The sharp-eyed Jeep enthusiast obtained an internal release from aluminum supplier Alcoa notifying employees that the company will be making the entire hood and the inner linings of the doors out of aluminum.
“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 statement reads. “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.
Alcoa will also supply 6022 and A951, including front and rear door inners, hood outer and inner.”
Constructing the Wrangler’s hood and portions of its doors out of aluminum will help save weight and improve the SUV’s fuel economy. Also helping it along in regards to fuel economy will be a slightly more streamlined body, an eight-speed automatic transmission and an available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler should debut in 2017 before going on sale in either late 2017 or early 2018.