Jeep debuts all-electric 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe!
For several years now, the future of the Jeep brand has been all about moving toward a more environmentally-friendly future, including building gas-electric plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass, under the name 4xe.
Now, the most iconic nameplate in the Jeep family joins Compass and Renegade in driving toward a greener world, with the introduction of the all-new Jeep Wrangler 4xe! More than just another pie-in-the-sky design study, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe will debut as a regular production model in early 2021! Let’s take a look at just a few of the features of this next-generation look at the future of Jeep!
While the look of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe doesn’t differ much from a standard Wrangler other than a few badges, it’s what’s underneath and under the hood that makes it special. A leader in alternative propulsion, Jeep equipped the Wrangler 4xe with a combination of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder and two powerful electric motors powered by a 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack that is cleverly concealed inside the Wrangler’s interior to maximize interior room.
Think battery power means weak-kneed performance? Guess again. The gas-electric hybrid powertrain in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe will make it one of the most powerful in the Jeep family of vehicles, with the equivalent of 375 horsepower and an incredible 470 lb.-ft. of instant torque, capable of taking on high speed freeway driving or low speed rock crawling with ease. For short trips, the Wrangler 4xe can also run in all-electric mode, without the gas engine, with a range of up to 25 miles.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe includes plenty of cutting-edge power adders, including a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head. Also upping the usable torque is a liquid-cooled motor-generator mounted at the front of the engine, which replaces the conventional alternator. The generator connects to the engine with a heavy rubber belt, and charges the battery pack, and also acts as the gas engine’s starter.
The powertrain is backed by a traditional TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, and from there it’s pretty much the same, robust Jeep engineering the Wrangler is known for, including the available automatic swaybar disconnect to increase suspension travel, skid plates to armor crucial components, and more. All the 4xe’s high-voltage electronics, motors and wiring feature advanced waterproofing, allowing the Wrangler 4xe to ford water up to 30 inches deep, just like a traditional Wrangler. For plug-in charging the charging port is located on the left-front cowl, and can be charged at most commercial charging stations or at home using a 230-volt plug installed in a garage or parking spot.
Jeep plans to create a 4xe version of every vehicle they sell in coming years, helping prove to the motoring public that “hybrid” or “electric” don’t have to mean “no fun” and “short range.”
“Our Jeep 4xe vehicles will be the most efficient, responsible and capable that the brand has ever created,” said Christian Meunier, President of Jeep Brand. “We are committed to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand. The electrification of the Jeep lineup will allow commuters to travel solely on electric power, delivering an efficient and fun on-road experience and offering an ability to enjoy even more Jeep capability off-road in nearly complete silence.”
The future of off-roading is coming soon to Landers CDJR of Norman, with the all-new gas-electric Jeep Wrangler 4xe! Are you ready for some top-off-doors-off Jeepin’ into a greener future that’s just as fun? Stay tuned to the social media accounts and official blog of Landers CDJR for more details on the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as they become available. Can’t wait? Check out our full lineup of rugged Jeep vehicles at our website right now.