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2016 Jeep Wrangler to Go on a Diet

The beloved Jeep Wrangler is due for a redesign in a few short years, but some purists may not be too pleased with a few rumored changes.

There’s no question that the Jeep Wrangler is here to stay. With demand currently outstripping supply, the original Jeep has become a hit worldwide as well as plenty of continued success in its home US market. As we’ve already reported, the Wrangler is set to be redesigned for 2015 or 2016. Along with a potential diesel engine option, a few other interesting details are coming to light thanks to job descriptions for the new factory workers needed to build it.

Chrysler has posted on the career section of its website that it’s seeking qualified candidates to work within the realms of advanced high-strength steel, which will probably be used for the new Wrangler’s frame. The use of this material cut weight on the new Ram 1500 by 30 lbs. and lightweight aluminum could replace some of the Wrangler’s steel body panels. In addition, AutoWeek speculates that Jeep may also throw in the air suspension from the Grand Cherokee. But perhaps the most dramatic change purists may have to accept is that Jeep may eliminate the fold-down windshield in favor of a fixed unit.

The reason? Few Wrangler owners actually lower their windshields and engineers are looking for ways to increase its rake, reducing wind resistance and thus improving fuel economy. Changes could also come to the clip-down hood hinges in order to help prevent theft. The recently revealed Jeep Stitch concept (pictured here) could be an indicator of things to come for the old Wrangler but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes to fruition.

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