With most inside the industry expecting the next-generation Jeep Wrangler to arrive for the 2016 model year, it makes sense that the automaker would be looking for some choice candidates to to fill program openings as the off-roader goes through its development. A recent ad on Chryslercareers.com suggests to some that the lightweight Wrangler Stitch Concept, revealed just two months ago and shown above, provides some clues about the off-road icon's next iteration.
According to Automotive News, the job descriptions – which don't name the model specifically – hint that the next-generation Wrangler will benefit from a serious diet. The ads appear to seek those familiar with advanced high-strength steels, hinting that lightweight aluminum body panels may appear on the 4x4. In addition, there are suggestions that Jeep may fit the Wrangler replacement with air suspension, as seen on the Ram and Grand Cherokee, to retain ample off-road clearance yet lower that chassis to improve aerodynamics at highway speeds. The job postings reportedly also lend credence to the idea of a diesel Wrangler.

It seems every bit of the next-generation Wrangler is up for review, as it will be the first time this iconic model is redesigned under Fiat ownership. Questions remain whether or not the Jeep will retain its clip-down hood, easy-to-remove door pins and folding front windshield – loyalists expect them, but fuel economy and safety standards may crimp their cases for survival.


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      ticturd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please keep the removable doors. That's one of the reasons I bought a JK over an FJ
      David Pettit
      • 1 Year Ago
      A diesel option makes a lot of sense.
      William Flesher
      • 1 Year Ago
      Michael Harley (author)- "The ads appear to seek those familiar with advanced high-strength steels, hinting that lightweight aluminum body panels may appear on the 4x4." If they were planning on using aluminum panels, wouldn't they be seeking those familiar with aluminum? This means that they ARE planning on using lighter steel, which is logical. It doesn't "hint" at aluminum usage, anymore than it suggests composites like carbon fiber. I don't doubt the use of diesel engines at all, and would be surprised if they don't add a truck derivative. A fairly compact truck would have zero domestic competition. Adding diesel and serious off-road versions would only make it more unique.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dunno. This sounds INCREDIBLY late for a 2016 model.
      jfa1177
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see the use of high strength steel in critical structural areas and the frame. However, formed aluminum, although heavily utilized in heavy truck applications, could prove to be prohibitively expensive especially when it comes to insurance premiums and replacement parts. I love the idea of a lighter weight Wrangler; I just hope they are smart about what materials to use and where.
      guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I once owned a 1940 FORD Jeep, army surplus, that was a real off road vehicle. It had the small flat head 4 cylendar power plant. Not definitely a speed deamon but it went about any where that I wanted to go. Only stuck it once, that was when I high centered it on a snowdrift.It was a job getting all of the snow out from under it so that the tires toutched solid footing. Why allof the hastle of the larger motors -- just less MPG. No doors to remove, was complete with shovel and axe on the left side.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Jeep Wrangler is the most obvious choice when anyone considers the title of "American Classic". Noting has endured in style, function and appeal ( and resale value too) like this Jeep. I call the Wrangler " the automotive hen that just keeps laying golden eggs". Chrysler likes collecting dividends on that gold and they will invest mightily to keep the hen healthy and it's iconic assets intact. Wisely they are taking an aggressive evolutionary approach to remain cutting edge in it's segment and carefully never straying too far from it's roots. I believe the research and development is working on two Wranglers. The classic Wrangler will be massaged, updated and given every asset necessary to keep the legend at the top of it's game. But I thing a new smaller, less expensive and fuel friendly off-roader is in development. Drawing on the flexible and rugged Fiat/Cherokee platform, it will be the Jeep Wrangler "lite" for the global market. Every bit a Trail Rated Jeep it will bring the iconic Wrangler formula to a vast new audience
      GateMasterSavage
      • 1 Year Ago
      You better tread lightly!!! We Jeep people don't like too many changes that ruin the character of the true Jeep Wrangler. I own a 1997 Wrangler with 197,000 miles on it. It goes anywhere and everywhere in stock trim.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd echo William's comment questioning why the mention of high-strength steel would imply a move to aluminum body panels? It's an interesting idea and I think there could be good reasons for the move that weren't mentioned in the story. So is there more info at AN or is this just the author leaping to a conclusion? It's not really important but I am intrigued by the statement.
      dovegraybird
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since there are job openings we can rest assured the ones who came up with Cherokee's design arent involved?
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm just glad to see more extremely focused niche vehicles..... I don't really like the Wrangler for "normal" use even though I'd go right to one if I had to build an off-roader which some day I'll do. The world needs more choices on the extreme ends of the various use cases. Glad to see a production capable off road vehicle when others tend to cost so much you don't really want to scratch them. Wrangler is affordable and does it's intended job well. For some reason I always thought these things should be light and efficient for what they are. Not slamming it either, but it just looks every bit of small 3000lbs and with a torque-tuned engine I'd expect decent fuel economy when lightly lugging around town.... but no these things are crazy inefficient. If they fixed that, the Jeep might be worse for off roading so perhaps the poor fuel economy represents a more "extreme" investment into other functions. For instance I'm in 5th gear to drive 30mph with how low the gearing is on my Evo. Yes 5th gear.... 4.7 final drive means I turn 3500-3800rpms to drive 75mph. Clearly fuel economy was not in the picture when you *cruise* at nearly 4000rpm. But if they fixed that the car would suck for drag racing and launching so I'm glad they chose the "other" path. So maybe you guys need to quit complaining about the poor fuel economy because if enough people "convince" them to fix that, the next one might suck for off-roading.
      BGJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry but a MY2016 vehicle has already frozen most of the design by now. Everyone they need to design it has been doing that for the past year or 2. Probably a posting for a different vehicle more in the future.
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