For years, people have been asking for a hybrid Jeep. In 2021, Jeep will deliver. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be the first hybrid Jeep Wrangler.
Jeep has promised that all of its vehicles will have a hybrid option by 2022. For this first round of hybrids, Jeep has made a hybrid Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler. The Compass and Renegade debuted in Europe, and give us our first clues about what the Jeep Wrangler hybrid will be like. On September 3, 2020 Jeep gave us additional details about the first Wrangler hybrid.
What Does PHEV Mean?
Plug-in Hybrids (frequently abbreviated as PHEV) offer the best of electric and gas vehicles. The Jeep 4xe will be able to run on electricity alone for short distances but will also use gas for improved range. Unlike some PHEV vehicles, the Jeep 4xe will allow you to use your electric miles immediately or save them for later and run off of gas. This “eSave” mode is a unique feature.
What’s the Hybrid Wrangler’s Electric Range?
The Wrangler’s electric mode can go for 25 miles on a full charge. In its hybrid mode, it will get roughly 50 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Equivalent).
How Long Does It Take to Charge?
Unfortunately, we don’t know how long the Wrangler 4xe will take to charge. But the Renegade and Compass can both charge from a household outlet in five hours. An at-home charging station reduces the charging time to less than two hours.
Since these are hybrids and not fully electric, they can also run on gas and use regenerative braking to charge the battery as you drive.
Why’d They Name It the 4xe?
Wrangler 4xe isn’t an obvious name, but it makes sense. Jeep wanted a way to signify that their hybrid was going to have 4x4 capability and an electric powertrain. So, they replaced the second 4 with an “e” for “electric.” It’s pronounced “four-by-e.”
How Fast Will the 4xe Be?
The 4xe is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. This gives it 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 80 mph in electric mode and 124 mph in hybrid mode. Both of which are faster than you can legally drive in the United States. It can go from 0-60 in approximately six seconds (according to Jeep).
Will the 4xe Perform Off-Road?
One reason people are so excited about hybrid off-roaders is how well they should perform off-road. E-torque beats any diesel engine out there for low end torque. The Jeep 4xe has an impressive list of off-road equipment. It comes with Dana 44 axles, full-time four-wheel-drive, and 10.8 inches of ground clearance. Though some worried about its water fording ability, Jeep has confirmed that it will be able to ford up to 30 inches of water.
How Much Will the 4xe Cost?
We still have no idea how much the 4xe will cost. Unfortunately, we can’t look at the Renegade and Compass because European and American prices vary so much. We do get a clue from the Chrysler Pacifica though.
The hybrid Pacifica costs $39,995 while the non-hybrid version costs $33,745. This is a price difference of $6,250, which would be significant. Except, the hybrid Pacifica qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax incentive. That makes the hybrid Pacifica cheaper than the non-hybrid version. It’s likely the same will be true for the Wrangler.
What Options Are There for the 4xe?
The 4xe will be available in three trims. The standard, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Sahara and Rubicon trims add on the same basic features as they do now. The Rubicon gets additional off-road features, like electric blue tow hooks. The Sahara gets the improved infotainment and comfort features.
When Can I Get a Wrangler 4xe?
The 4xe is expected to go on sale by the end of 2020 as a 2021 Jeep model. Jeep has already shown a commercial of the vehicle and displayed it at CES. It’s likely that it’ll debut on schedule.
As a true Jeep, the 4xe will definitely be trail rated and come equipped with the Jeep wave. We’re excited about the new Wrangler 4xe as well, and will keep updating as we learn new information.