Seventy-five thousand dollar Wranglers are the direct result of bad voting choices. 'Chrysler' would be selling a hundred and fifty thousand 5.7 liter Hemi Wranglers and Gladiators every year for less than $50K with every option imagined if it weren't for Manchurian CAFE targets.
Why would Stellantis want to sell these at a loss? They are priced at $75K because that is the price Jeep has determined that they can sell for the most profit. If CAFE was at all a concern, more hybrids, diesels and electrics could be sold. Moreover, fuel economy for 2020 vehicles is projected to be only 25.7. These are hardly "Manchurian" (I do not think this is the word you mean) standards.
CJ was pointing out that the volume of less expensive Wranglers sold with a 5.7 Hemi option would likely impact their corporate compliance with CAFE numbers.
CAFE is a huge influence and the main reason why so many SUVs exist and so few capable sedans. CAFE gives a mileage break to crossovers, even if they are car-based.
More Hybrids and Electrics are not sold because the market opposes them, and diesels are targeted for “emissions” violations, in spite of thousands passing emissions tests every year.
CAFE is a political tool used to discourage private automobile ownership, especially of capable vehicles, and their intended use. The next idea is a mileage tax.
There may still be a 4 cylinder Jeep available if the medium sized V8 is objectionable. For now, that’s the beauty of choice. I remember learning about un-(universal adjective) a smog-era big V8 as a kid. It is amazing what recurving the distributor, adjusting the Q-Jet, and dumping the pellet cat will do for power and fuel economy.
But seriously, back to CAFE, 2 booster seats and a car seat in one of the most popular mom-mobile SUVs is a PITA, yet all 3 fit with zero issues in my classic full sized car and in our crew cab pickup. CAFE doesn’t matter? It does when it is pouring rain and your wife is standing there trying to get the seats just right to buckle the booster kids in place.