Complementing today’s reveal of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept was a slightly less exciting reveal, but equally important: a hybrid Jeep Wrangler. Dubbed the Wrangler 4XE, this will mark the most eco-friendly Wrangler ever and give Wrangler drivers the change to climb in silent.
Let’s start with the most important part: the powertrain. Jeep has taken the Wrangler’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and added two electric motors that are supplied power from a 400-volt, 17 kWh battery pack that resides underneath the backseat. The combination yields 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque; torque that will be instantly available during climbing and other off-road adventures.
While the power piece is important, the point here is fuel efficiency. EPA ratings are still pending, but FCA says to expect a rating of about 50 mpge and 25 miles of electric-only range when fully charged. Drivers will have three different modes to select from when it comes to propulsion: hybrid, electric and an eSave mode that will reserve the battery for later.
When it comes to conserving power, Wrangler 4XE will come standard with regenerative braking. Jeep notes that the regenerative braking system will be able to recover more energy when the 4X4 is engaged.
Speaking of 4X4, Jeep specifically notes that all hybrid functionality will be available when in 4 Low, meaning buyers will be able to go off-roading in electric mode if they so choose.
Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in three models: 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe. Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler Sahara 4xe models are equipped with full-time 4×4 systems, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles and are fitted with the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.
Wrangler Rubicon 4xe models carry the Rock-Trac 4×4 system that includes a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, full-time 4×4, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers. Basically, 4XE isn’t compromising much at all when it comes to off-road capability.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4XE will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year and Europe and China in early 2021. Jeep hasn’t disclosed pricing information just yet, but it’s likely a safe assumption the Wrangler 4XE will be north of $50,000.