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Everything we know about the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV

Everything we know about the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV

Few vehicles have the kind of legacy that Jeep has to live up to. Few have the weight of millions of fans who pore over every change and criticize everything they don’t like quite so vocally either. That makes waiting for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV something of a nervous time.

But what do we know about the vehicle so far?

Quite a lot actually.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV

At first glance, it’s impossible to differentiate the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV from a standard Wrangler. It’s only when you look closely and see the unique 4xe badging that you notice something is different.

The rest of the exterior is identical to the standard Wrangler. Signature front end and grille, round headlights, extended fenders, big bumpers, upright stance and that rugged appeal that only a Jeep delivers.

The cabin also looks the same from what we have seen. Although there will be a readout somewhere giving you charge, efficiency and driving mode, the rest of the interior will be identical to the rest of the range.

Engine and drivetrain

It’s only when you get under the skin that the real differences emerge.

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV is driven a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine and an electric motor attached to the transmission. There is also a smaller secondary motor attached to the engine using a belt-drive. Total output is around 375 hp with around 470 lb-ft of torque.

This configuration allows the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV to retain 2WD, 4WD and low ratio drive modes to be able to deliver the off road experience Jeep promised. It’s a novel solution but one that should work incredibly well.

This configuration will also not interfere with the front and rear locking differentials.

The electric motors will be powered by 17 kWh battery pack made up of 96 Samsung SDI lithium-ion cells. These will be positioned under the rear seats and should deliver around 25 miles of EV-only driving.

The prototypes of the 4xe have driven over 1.5 million miles and have been tested on and off road by the same team that tests the standard Wrangler. That should reassure buyers that the experience is going to be very similar to what we expect, just with the option of silent drive.

Silent drive will be guaranteed by the E-Drive mode. This prevents the gas engine firing up unless you’re about to run out of charge. This pretty much ensures silent drive whether on or off road and is one of the reasons we are looking forward to the new Jeep as much as we are.

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