The new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler now features lightweight, high-strength Novelis aluminum for closures. This includes parts of the doors, fenders, swing gate and windshield surround. By reducing weight and boosting fuel economy, aluminum helps make it the most capable and fuel efficient Wrangler ever produced by FCA US LLC. The all-new model is 200 pounds lighter than the previous steel version, and gas mileage is expected to rise by three miles per gallon, according to the automaker.
By incorporating aluminum into this design, FCA US joins a number of automakers that are turning to aluminum for the benefits they see in vehicle performance, agility and safety. Thanks in part to lightweight aluminum from Novelis, Jeep enthusiasts will also find it easier to remove the doors, which will be 14 pounds lighter compared to previous models.
According to Trucks.com, Scott Tallon, director of the Jeep brand, said, “It couldn’t have been done without the use of aluminum.”
Offering a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way to lightweight vehicles, automotive aluminum applications result in better performance and agility, increased fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions. Demand for automotive aluminum is expected to rise according to the 2017 Ducker Worldwide survey that projects aluminum content in North American passenger vehicles, particularly light trucks and SUVs, will increase 42 percent from its 2015 level by the year 2028.
Novelis is a partner of choice to automakers throughout their development journey to collaborate with OEMs on how to adopt aluminum and offer solutions that achieve their lightweighting goals. Today, more than 200 different vehicle models feature Novelis aluminum.