well I only have a Dana 30 up front but I'd still be insane to be driving hard enough to crack it open, lol. I was just pointing out there are things that hang down lower than that battery box.Your diffs are extremely unlikely to crack from an impact though.
We'll have to agree to disagree on the Rubicon. To me, it seems a pretty good compromise for a mass produced vehicle, though I acknowledge that drivetrain layout could have been better optimized.
Based on what I'm seeing, if MPG were a stated goal, along with offroad capability, the diesel seems at first glance to be a better option. More options aren't a bad thing though.
I think my point with the Rubicon is that it is still a good daily driver right out of the factory, instead of something along the purposes of a RZR turbo and the like. Both the 2.0 and the 3.6 Rubis I've driven gave me decent fuel numbers compared to what I get in my own Jeep. I think the next Jeep will be a Rubi.
I do agree, the 3.0 diesel is a strong pull for the fuel efficiency minded drivers, plus a diesel engine is a good match for my driving style. I'm still curious about this hybrid though, but realistically I doubt it will be as efficient as the Pacifica plug in. I think Jeep knows better than to sacrifice the trail rating when they have the Renegade and Compass hybrids to get into that range of efficiency.