During today’s long-anticipated reveal of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, some additional news trickled out about the icon’s future. Jeep boss Mike Manley confirmed plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler.
Specifically, the executive stated that the company plans to offer a plug-in variant by 2020. Unfortunately, FCA has not offered up any additional details beyond confirming it is coming.
FCA is not new to plug-in hybrids. The company currently offers the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid, which utilizes a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to power it. There’s no question that packaging a hybrid battery pack in the Wrangler will be slightly more difficult than in the Pacifica, so it isn’t known if the Pacifica system will find its way into the Wrangler.
The Pacifica’s hybrid powertrain yields an 84 mpg combined rating.
It’s also worth noting that Jeep is also planning to roll out a diesel version of the new JL Wrangler in 2019. This version is expected to offer 30 mpg on the highway.