New Jeep Wrangler And Its Aluminum Future
The new Jeep Wrangler will quickly be upon us, but what it’s going to be made of is still a mystery. In May of 2015 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an interview that the Jeep Wrangler’s future was head towards aluminum parts. Marchionne said that though the whole vehicle will not likely be crafted out of aluminum, it would be possible that several features of the vehicle such as the hood and doors would be crafted from the lightweight and durable substance.
Recently, an employee of the company responsible for manufacturing the aluminum pieces, Alcoa, leaked an internal memo about the deal that had been reached with Jeep to provide the high quality aluminum panels. This leak details that the company will be responsible for the manufacturing the the doors, front and rear, as well as the hoods on the new Jeep Wranglers. The memo reads:
“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 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.”
So, we now have confirmation of Marchionnes suggested Aluminum future for the Jeep Wrangler JL series thanks to a leak on the JL Wrangler Forum but it remains to be seen if other parts of the vehicle will be manufactured out of aluminum. A complete aluminum body is largely out of the question, as it would require a large overhaul of equipment used to manufacture the vehicle, whereas hanging aluminum parts on a steel body can be done with ease.