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The automakers of the world have been slow moving towards electric vehicles and hybrid cars in the auto industry, but they’re coming around, very slowly. Big names like the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group (soon to be named Stellantis), took its sweet time to make the shift. Other automakers like Kia Motors have been in the biz of alternative fuel for several years, releasing a new hybrid or plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle every year. Well, back in 2018, Jeep announced that it would have an electric or plug-in hybrid version of every model in its lineup by 2022. No doubt, the Coronavirus pandemic has shifted things along the timeline, but that won’t stop this all-American automaker from fulfilling its goals. At the beginning of 2020, Jeep released the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe to the world, and then paused. Now that the auto industry is picking back up, it’s the perfect time to release the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, set for a global release.
That’s right, a global release! Unlike the First-Edition models of the Jeep 4xe vehicles that only made it to Europe, we’re actually going to see the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. With it being assembled right in our backyard at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, we might even get to drive it first - but don’t keep your hopes up, they always go to Europe first to pass the strict standards of the European Union for CO2 emissions. Still, it’s the first plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler to date, and it’s still just as capable as ever. It’s also plenty green.
Packing a little power, the powertrain of the Wrangler 4xe is made up of a combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, and a high-tech 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine able to generate 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. Backed by a 400-volt, 7-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack, this vehicle has an estimated 50 MPGe, and is still able to get a good distance when driving on electricity only. Being a plug-in hybrid, drivers do have the choice to drive in hybrid mode with both power systems working, electric mode for zero-emission electric power only, or eSave with just the gasoline engine doing the work while saving battery power and offering the option to charge it up via the Hybrid Electric Pages app. If looking to go green, consumers can get 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propulsion from the Wrangler 4xe, and then pull over to recharge with one of the electric vehicle (EV) charge port plugs installed (tailored to specific regions).
“Our Jeep 4xe vehicles will be the most efficient, responsible and capable that the brand has ever created…We are committed to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand. The electrification of the Jeep lineup will allow commuters to travel solely on electric power, delivering an efficient and fun on-road experience and offering an ability to enjoy even more Jeep capability off-road in nearly complete silence.” - Christian Meunier, Global President of Jeep Brand – FCA
When we say this plug-in hybrid Jeep is still an off-road beast, we mean it. Every Jeep Wrangler 4xe is Trail Rated, outfitted with skid plates and front and rear tow hooks; 20-inch wheels standard with 17-inch, off-road wheels and 33-inch tires available, standard on Rubicon 4xe; an approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 22.5 degrees, departure angle of 35.6 degrees and ground clearance of 10.8 inches; and can cross up to 30 inches of water without sinking. Wrangler Rubicon 4xe models also come with the Rock-Trac 4x4 system, a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, full-time 4x4, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles, and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers. With an impressive crawl ratio of 77.2:1, any model can handle off-road adventure, but the Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler Sahara 4xe models are a little special. They come equipped with full-time 4x4 systems, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles, and a Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. Only three trims are available for the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe: 4xe, Sahara 4xe, and Rubicon 4xe.
Can’t wait for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe? Neither can we. Check back with us on NowCar social media to find out when you can shop online for your Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid vehicle.