No matter what the trend is, Jeep knows how to put its own spin on it. Recently, Jeep unveiled new plans to compete in every major market, including the luxury realm. And when it comes to hybrid power, the answer is Jeep 4xe.
About Jeep 4xe
As we said before, it’s Jeep versus everybody. Just a while ago, the company mentioned its goal of being more eco-friendly by introducing all-new electric vehicles. To stand out from the crowd, Jeep has dubbed its electric vehicle technology 4xe.
Based on what Jeep has said so far, we can expect the 4xe models to be more efficient and environmentally conscious. The hybridized power plants shouldn’t compromise capability either. Our first taste of Jeep hybrid power is the Wrangler 4xe.
The Wrangler 4xe is supposed to be the most capable Jeep ever
The upcoming Wrangler 4xe has shocking potential. The Wrangler 4xe will feature an electric motor paired to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; an eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard. This electrified Wrangler will generate 375-hp, making it more powerful than any of the non-hybrid variants. Aside from the anticipated V8-powered Wrangler, that is.
As Jeep highlighted, the 4xe’s regenerative braking is what makes the SUV so eco-friendly. Not only does regenerative braking conserve the vehicle’s energy, but it also extends the replacement period for the brake pads. The 4xe will have 25 miles of all-electric range and an estimated 50 MPGe. Additionally, the electric power also translates to a smoother on-road experience.
Still one incredible off-roader
What makes the 4xe even more compelling is that it still boasts Jeep’s iconic off-roading capability. Even with the battery pack, the 4xe can still tread through 30 inches of water, just like with the non-hybrid Jeeps. Your experience in the 4xe will sound different, though. The hybrid powertrain makes the Wrangler almost entirely silent.
The new 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. The intuitive system allows the driver to set it and forget it in any environment.
An available Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra grip and capability in low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.Jeep
What other Jeep hybrid models can we expect?
Jeep is super serious about its hybrid lineup. The company says that it plans to extend its 4xe plug-in hybrid technology to each of its models. We can expect the Wrangler 4xe to hit U.S. dealerships by early 2021.
The success of the Wrangler will not only influence the Jeep’s introduction of new hybrid SUVs, but it could also inspire rivals like the Ford Bronco and the Land Rover Defender. The Wrangler 4xe will also be available in Europe and China. Jeep already introduced the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe in Europe over the summer. No word yet on when we’re getting these hybrid Jeeps in the U.S.