In a leaked memo, it was revealed that the 2018 JL Wrangler will have an aluminum hood and doors. While we knew that the next generation Wrangler was going to be using aluminum in its construction, it was uncertain as to how much until now.
A Heavy Dose of Aluminum
According to statements made earlier this year by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, it was said that the 2018 Wrangler was going to have a “heavy dose” of aluminum, but he never went into specifics as to what that actually meant.
In a memo leaked from Alcoa, the aluminum supplier for the Wrangler production, it has been discovered that the doors as well as the hood will be made from aluminum. According to forum chatter over at JLWranglerForums, the Wrangler will get C6A1 aluminum, a high form alloy, as well as 6022, a more common sheet alloy, and A951, a pre-treatment aluminum sheet bonding, that will be used on the front and rear doors.
No All Aluminum Wrangler
While early speculation around the 2018 JL Wrangler had many people believing that the new Wrangler model would be all aluminum, it has since been debunked, with this latest information finally putting a nail in the coffin of the rumors.
More Aluminum Body Parts Possible?
While this memo from Alcoa confirms the use of aluminum only for the hood and doors, there may be more aluminum body parts coming from a different supplier. Using aluminum on the hood and doors doesn’t quite live up to the promise of a “heavy dose” of aluminum like Marchionne promised earlier this year.
That heavy dose is being fueled by a $1.05 billion dollar upgrade to the Toledo, OH plant where the 2018 Wrangler will be built. We’ll have to see if any more documents get leaked detailing the extent of the JL’s aluminum body panels, but until that happens, we can bank on the new Wrangler having aluminum and hood and doors.
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