Plug-in Jeep Wrangler Gets an Arrival Date
Overshadowed lately by a brace of upcoming full-size SUV stablemates, to say nothing of its reborn Ford Bronco rival, the plug-in Jeep Wrangler remains the next big introduction for the off-road brand.
Teased on and off throughout the year, the Wrangler plug-in hybrid, known officially as the Wrangler 4xe (a moniker greeting all hybridized Jeeps), has appeared with an arrival date in tow. Best to get this introduction out of the way before a busy 2021.
A tweet from Jeep Tuesday shows the Wrangler 4xe perched on the edge of a cliff, viewed from above. Its hood appears to be that of a Rubicon Recon, though the power bulge is outlined in blue: a go-to color signifying the presence of auto-motivating electricity. “Coming December 2020,” the brand claims.
This jibes with previous announcements from Jeep and Fiat Chrysler that claimed the ’21 Wrangler PHEV would be on the market by the end of the year. Jeep’s date reveal comes a few days after the release of yet another video depicting the model’s silent running mode, this one cheekily closed-captioned for the hard of hearing. There’s no engine roar, just the sound of gravel spit out from underfoot.
Expected to appear on loftier trims, the exact nature of the hybrid powertrain is not known, though Mopar Insiders claims that a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will mate with an electric motor contained within the vehicle’s ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer of that tranny claims the unit is capable of providing up to 31 miles of all-electric driving.
Depending on battery size and load, the Wrangler could propel itself up to 74 mph on electrons alone, ZF suggests.
Having a hybrid version of the Wrangler on the market, and a plug-in one at that, would be a feather in Jeep’s cap for however long Ford takes to bring a hybrid Bronco to market. We know there’s one on the way, but, given the fact that reservation holders aren’t expected to start receiving the first Broncos until early next year, Jeep will have won the race. In the process, earning itself some much-needed green cred.
A full reveal of the Wrangler 4xe shouldn’t be far off.