29 Jul '17, 9am

01/21/2015: gas 2: Green is the new fast: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Could Be A Hybrid

Perhaps others can comment, but IMHO FWD (front wheel drive) usu get better gas mileage, mostly due to the reduction of weight in the components, however as a trade off it usually means that the integrated transaxle and such are not as robust as a normal RWD variant. there is also the issue of the wranglers short wheel base which may also cause issues. Take the dana 300 (cast iron gear driven [read strong/heavy]) vs the newer aluminum chain driven transfer cases[read light]… sadly jeeps esp wranglers with the boxy shape got a lot going against them (weight, drag, and the components have to be very strong) – no offense to any 4WD cherokee peeps, but as former cherokee owner they weren’t really designed for that… as opposed to wrangler/CJ series. I personally liked the manually locking hubs of the CJ with full floating axle front and rear, but these days its all about compro...

Full article: http://gas2.org/2015/01/21/2017-jeep-wrangler-hybrid/

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