Announced for the beginning of 2021, the Wrangler 4xe arrives in its turn
After the Renegade and the Compass, Jeep electrifies its legendary off-roader. The Wrangler 4xe, which could in the medium term be the only version of the 4×4 available in Europe, boasts 385 hp and will be able to drive nearly 40 km on the electric engine alone.
Jeep continues to electrify its range
After the small Renegade 4xe and the Compass 4xe, this time the American manufacturer is taking care of its emblematic off-roader. By becoming a 4xe, the Wrangler in turn is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, consisting of a gasoline engine block (four-cylinder turbo 2.0) and two electric motors. It’s also the most powerful Wrangler ever introduced: Jeep reports 385 hp. Maximum torque rises to 637 Nm, again an all-time record for a production Wrangler.
Unlimited version only
Inside, the dashboard does not move. The automatic transmission is de rigueur. Due to the installation of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 17 kWh, the Wrangler 4xe is only available in the 5-door Unlimited version. The short chassis will not be electrified because of the lack of space to house these batteries (whose weight is not known at this time). Let’s note some recognizable details on the Wrangler 4xe unveiled in the photo, with small touches of blue above the front bumper and on the hood.
The interior is very similar to that of a normal Wrangler: apart from some specific displays on the dashboard and screen related to the hybrid powertrain, the dashboard remains the same. It should be noted that the Wrangler 4xe will offer three driving modes: Hybrid (default), Electric (up to about 40 km according to U.S. standards) and e-Save (to save battery power).
Still a true off-roader
The Wrangler’s off-road capabilities should remain intact. Jeep claims intact crossing qualities on this new hybrid version. The vehicle will offer a choice of three trim levels: 4xe (base model), Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe. The first two will feature permanent all-wheel drive with two Dana44 axles, a two-speed transfer case and an optional differential lock. The more extreme Rubicon 4xe will be equipped with Roc Track 4×4 and Tru Lock front and rear differential locks. Add to that electrically disconnectable anti-roll bars or a 76 mm water immersion capability, and the Wrangler Hybrid will remain a pure 4×4.