Arconic is supplying its proprietary and highly formable aluminum to FCA US LLC for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Wrangler’s new lightweight, high-strength aluminum front and rear doors are 12 and 10.5 pounds lighter, respectively, compared to the previous models partly because they are made with Arconic’s C6A1 alloy.
Arconic says that the new alloy has formability characteristics that enable automakers to achieve more challenging designs while maintaining strength and durability.
The same highly formable Arconic alloy is being used by FCA US in other popular vehicles to provide high-form, lightweight design solutions. Developed by Arconic’s Global Rolled Products business, products made with the new alloys are supplied from Arconic’s plants in Alcoa, TN, Davenport, IA and Lancaster, PA.
FCA US cut 200 pounds in total from the new Wrangler over its previous steel design. In addition to the proprietary alloy, Arconic also supplies aluminum sheet for the Wrangler’s hood, windshield frame inner and various seal retainers and reinforcements.