2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe May Force A Bronco Plug-In
The plug-in Wrangler might force Ford to make a plug-in hybrid Bronco.
Along with the all-new Jeep Wagoneer, the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid was shown, and may make Ford put the plug in the Bronco.
1. It will produce 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
2. It can go 25 miles on electricity only and do 50 mpge.
3. It should go on sale early next year.
This was a risky move for Jeep, ruining the iconic Wrangler nameplate would have been a real sales catastrophe. Luckily, they appear to have done it correctly, and the Wrangler 4xe won't be another Mustang Mach-E situation...Even though it's electric, it is just as capable as its brother, and has a two-way transfer case, full-time 4wd, 10.8 inches of ground clearance, and can make its way through 30 inches of water. No, the batteries won't electrocute you, they are sealed and water tight.
The 4xe is powered by an electric motor at the front, and another by its transmission. In addition, a 2.0 L turbocharged I-4 is there to assist and combine to create 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That's right, the 4xe is more powerful than the max horsepower gas Wrangler, and has 20 lb-ft of torque more than the Rubicon concept! Under the rear seats you'll find a 17.0-kWh lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt battery pack which can be accessed by flipping the seat cushion. Like other electric vehicles, regenerative braking is onboard as well as one-pedal driving.
Ford Bronco Plug-In?
This may have already been planned, but I would expect a Bronco plug-in hybrid within the next few years. If the Wrangler has it, the Bronco will have to as well, especially when the 4xe is more powerful and just as capable as the gas powered one.