People keep talking about solid front axles as if vehicles with them are somehow low-volume, niche vehicles. Here's some food for thought: Although the number of new vehicle models that come with solid front axles is small, every vehicle with a solid front axle sells well over 100,000 units per year, which is certainly high volume in the auto industry and mainstream by any measure. The Wrangler quite literally is in a class of its own. It has no direct competitors. Their sales are also literally limited by the production capacity of the plant they are built in. The Wrangler (as well as the Grand Cherokee and more recently the Renegade) is a big part of why Jeep has been one of the most successful brands of the last several years. The market is already saturated with crossovers and "soft-roaders," but the Wrangler is the only game in town for anyone that wants to run serious trails with a vehicle made in the last decade without ripping out the entire factory drivetrain and suspension setup out. I can guarantee that any "Raptor" model will never have a solid front axle. Both the existing Ranger and F150 Raptor models are marketed towards high speed desert running. If you look at the vehicles custom built for this purpose, pretty much all of them are independent front and many of them are only rear wheel drive. If you consider roads to campgrounds and picnic areas "offroad" then perhaps you might be correct. I kid you not, I can count the number of FJ Cruisers, 4Runners (current gen models), Tacomas, Raptors, and H3s I have ever seen on actual offroad trails on my two hands, and I run trails multiple times a month and attend some large offroad events. The H3 and FJ Cruiser were probably the closest competitors to the Wrangler in decades (especially the adventure package H3 which included front & rear lockers as well as a 4:1 tranfercase), but they frankly still weren't in the same league of offroad capability as the Wrangler and were both sales failures compared to the Wrangler. I have yet to see a Raptor offroad, and I live in the desert. They are too big and expensive to really be practical on trails. I guess if you just want to drive really fast on power line roads through the desert that you could navigate in a Camry at more prudent speeds, then the Raptor is the perfect vehicle for you. I have seen a lot of Raptors commuting around town though, so I suppose it is the image that sells. I am not necessarily knocking the capability of the Raptor, because it too is an offroad vehicle that is completely in a class of its own, but few people have the desire, skill, or location to use a Raptor as it was designed to be used. If they make it with a IFS and it has decent styling, I think they will sell well for a few years then peter out. If Ford wants an enduring success, they need to produce a no compromise hard-core offroad vehicle that competes directly with the Jeep. The 2&4 door configurations, as well as the removable top and doors make me believe the latter is the case. Jeep has had full reign of the offroad market for too long and is starting to rest on its laurels if you ask me. The current JL, while very capable, is the largest Wrangler yet in every dimension and is starting to get a bit fat for serious trail work. I think the time is perfect for Ford to release something that truly outperforms the Wrangler and really shake up the hard-core offroad market. Good, now go buy a Renegade or some other cute-ute and leave the Bronco for those of us who want a serious machine and not just another "me-too" grocery-getter, life-style vehicle. A large portion of Wrangler owners use their vehicles offroad to some extent at some point in their ownership, while there are many (possibly a majority) that just use them as daily drivers and mall crawlers. Somehow, the Wrangler appeals to, and sells well with people who do not use or necessarily want the unmatched offroad capabilities of the Wrangler as well as the compromises that go with it.