Other productions hypothesized by Edmunds include the adoption of the eight-speed automatic from the Grand Cherokee and employing the Rubicon’s transfer case across the lineup. The low ratio would allow the axle ratio to be tailored more to EPA tests.
The capability that Wrangler owners hold so dear is certainly a source of weight, but those owners also hold the key to solving those weight-efficiency issues. “Working on these vehicles, we have to be aware of the latest technology,” explains Zheng, “We can see what people are using and implement them on the Image Vehicles right away.”
Porsche and BMW may go out to a track day to see what kind of brakes and shocks drivers are using, but it is nothing compared to the open lines of communication between Jeep and its owners. Survival of the Rubicon depends on your equipment working—no questions asked. Maintaining that capability against future emission regulations represents a challenge as demanding as the Rubicon Trail itself.