The Jeep Brand Considers a Lighter Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is without a doubt, one of the off road brands most popular models. However, with the increasing need to produce vehicles that offer drivers better fuel economy, Chrysler is considering make some alterations to the iconic Jeep to help it achieve that goal.

As of this blog post, the Wrangler gets an average of 21 miles per gallon, and in order for it to adhere to Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFÉ), it needs to increase that number. AutoPacific Inc. analyst Dave Sullivan says that, "There's nothing that's going to be immune from the wrath of CAFE as we move forward. The Wrangler is a very high volume vehicle so it's definitely going to have an [e]ffect on CAFE. They're going to wait as long as possible before they have to make those changes, but that being said they have a whole arsenal of things they can do."1

That could mean that more hydrogen and electric vehicles are in the future for the Jeep brand. Since it will be a government requirement for all vehicles across a company's model lineup to have an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, we may see these alternative fuels make an appearance sooner than later.

For now though, these are just rumors. As the CAFÉ standards requirements come closer and closer to becoming mandatory, we'll be reporting on the changes to the new Jeep lineup available here at McLarty Daniel - Bentonville.

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