Jeep Wrangler 4xe
Jeep Wrangler 4xe
Posted on January 13, 2020
The new hybrid Jeep has been tagged as the ‘4xe’. FCA announced the new name last week and said the 4xe name would be shared across Wrangler, Compass and Renegade models to denote the EV element of these new vehicles. It forms part of Jeep’s aim to offer an electric variant of all its models by the end of 2022.
An early form of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe was shown at CES in Las Vegas and seemed to go down quite well. It’s a plug-in hybrid that was displayed connected to a charging port from a small socket on the nearside.
We have known some kind of electric Wrangler was on the way for over a year. Both Jeep and FCA have committed to producing greener vehicles and electrification is the direction of travel both companies have agreed upon. While diehard fans aren’t happy with the development, the company has to move with the times and this is a step in that direction.
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Jeep’s intent is to keep up with customer demand for off road ability but also the demand for greener cars. The market is moving towards electrification and if Jeep is to stand any chance of staying relevant, it has to go with the flow and give customers what they want.
Don’t worry though. Jeep isn’t going EV just yet. It is planning to go hybrid first. Wrangler already has a 48-volt mild hybrid system but the Jeep Wrangler 4xe aims to take it a little further.
While we got to look at the Jeep Wrangler 4xe at CES, Jeep didn’t say anything about the mechanicals, its capabilities, electric range, charging times, battery size or anything we actually need to know. Instead, they showed the Wrangler 4xe and smiled nicely as people took pictures.
The aesthetics still look characteristically Jeep with the signature grille, boxy design and high ride height. This model had rounded out some edges and added a blue outline to some of the trim and badging, presumably denoting the electric origins of the model.
While Jeep were tight-lipped about everything, the company has assured everyone that the Wrangler 4xe will still be as capable off road as we need it to be.
"Jeep electric vehicles will be the most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, providing absolute and quiet open-air freedom while taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level," the company promises.
Purists are not going to be happy but then V8 fans, muscle car fans and other car fans aren’t happy either. That’s unfortunate but unavoidable. Until someone comes up with a way to remove harmful emissions from fossil fuels, electric is where we are headed. As long as automakers can give us the same driving experience with a different mode of power, it should all work out fine.
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