2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV To Get 25 Mile Electric Range

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Jeep may be late to the party, but the American automaker is looking to electrify a few of its important SUVs. We got our first look at the 2021 Wrangler 4xe PHEV at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Jeep is finally ready to provide some official figures on the rugged SUV. Don’t worry, the Wrangler 4xe still promises to be just as rugged as the regular Wrangler.

Power for the Wrangler 4xe comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to two electric motors and a 17-kWh battery pack. Total output for the powertrain is rated at a stout 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. For the record, that’s more power than any of the Wrangler’s other powertrains. The available 3.6-liter V6 is rated at 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 produces 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to having more power than any other Wrangler (at least for the moment if Jeep does make good on its promise for a V8 in the future), the 4xe has a party trick – it can travel up to 25 miles on electricity. The Wrangler 4xe will also be the most efficient Wrangler with an estimated 50 MPGe combined rating. With its rugged design and off-roading capability, the Wrangler 4xe doesn’t have any direct competitors, but the figure is competitive for PHEV SUVs. The Toyota RAV4 Prime, Ford Escape PHEV, and Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid can travel further on electricity with the RAV4 Prime taking the lead with a range of 42 miles. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV all have lower ranges than the Wrangler 4xe.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The PHEV powertrain brings specific drive modes that are only available with the Wrangler 4xe. “E Selec” provides drivers with three modes to choose from, including Hybrid, Electric, and eSave. The first is pretty self-explanatory and is the SUV’s default setup where the gas engine and electric motors work in tandem. Electric ensures the gas engine isn’t used until the battery is fully depleted. Lastly, eSave lets the driver choose between using the gas engine to increase the battery’s charge or maintaining the battery current level of charge. Max Regen is also available that increases the amount of regenerative braking from the electric motors.

Jeep hasn’t outlined official U.S. figures for the Compass and Renegade 4xe PHEVs, but claimed that the two models will be able to travel up to 31 miles on electricity based on European tests. Since the test is different from the one the U.S. uses, we can’t say how that will compare to the Wrangler 4xe.

While the Wrangler 4xe may feature a high-tech PHEV powertrain, the vehicle is still a rugged SUV underneath. Three trims will be available: base 4xe, Sahara 4xe, and Rubicon 4xe. The first two models come with a Selec-Trac transfer case and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The rugged Rubicon 4xe comes with a full-time four-wheel-drive system and features a 4.0:1 low range gear ratio. The Rubicon 4xe also comes with standard front and rear locking differentials.

Aesthetically, the Wrangler 4xe will have special Electric Blue accents, which on the Rubicon trim, includes front and rear tow hooks, exterior badges, and hood decal. The interior also gets Electric Blue stitching and trim pieces. The Wrangler 4xe will also come with special menus in the infotainment system, gauge cluster, and charging indicator on the dashboard.

There are still a few things we don’t know about the Wrangler 4xe. Things like official fuel economy, recharge times, and pricing are unknown. What we do know, is that Jeep really wanted to prove that it could make a PHEV Wrangler with the same amount of off-roading capability. It appears it’s done that, as the Wrangler 4xe earned the automaker’s Trail Rated badge, which means it’s built to get dirty.

The Wrangler 4xe is expected to go on sale before the end of the year and start around $40,000.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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