An Icon Goes Electric: Jeep Introduces Electrified 2021 Wrangler JL 4xe PHEV
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL will have a total driving range of 400 miles, will be capable off road
Jeep has committed to offering hybridized versions of all of the vehicles in its lineup over the next couple of years, and its first foray into the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) (at least here in North America) is the new 2021 Wrangler JL 4xe. We first reported a few months ago that Jeep planned to introduce the '4xe' lineup of PHEV's to North America, and the Brand has announced that the Wrangler 4xe will arrive at its dealerships in December of 2020. Read on to find out more about the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe. NOTE: Any any all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
First, let's talk about the powertrain that will power the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe. The basis for the 4xe's powertrain will be one we're already familiar with: the 2.0L "Hurricane" Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, which will produce an impressive 375 horsepower and 470 lb. ft. of torque with the addition of the "eTorque" electric motor assist, and will feature an electric-only range of 25 miles, with a total driving range of 400 miles. This means that, while the Wrangler 4xe is still a feasible daily driver (and even a vehicle worth taking longer road trips in), Wrangler 4xe drivers may be able to commute fully on electric power. The transmission will be the familiar ZF-derived 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission, and of course the Wrangler 4xe can't compromise any of the Wrangler JL's off-road capabilities, so a low-range four-wheel-drive (4X4) system is available, as is a Rubicon trim level (more on that later). There's a charging port on the driver's front fender that allows drivers to charge their Wrangler 4xe, whether at home with either a 120 V AC or 240 V AC power supply, or on the go with DC Fast Charge capabilities.
There's not much to differentiate the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe from its gasoline or diesel counterparts, aside from the aforementioned charging port on the driver's front fender. However, the keen eye will notice that some of the exterior accents (including the Rubicon's front hood decals and front tow hooks (usually painted red)) are painted bright blue on the Wrangler 4xe. There will be three trim levels of the Wrangler 4xe available: an unnamed "Base" 4xe trim, a luxurious 4xe Sahara trim, and an off-road capable 4xe Rubicon model, which will feature the "Rock-Trac" 4X4 system as standard equipment (all three models will exclusively be available in the Unlimited four-door, five-passenger body style). 4xe and 4xe Sahara models will ride on twenty-inch (20") tires and aluminum-alloy wheels, while the 4xe Rubicon trim will ride on smaller (but more off-road capable) seventeen-inch (17") tires and aluminum-alloy wheels. The 4xe Rubicon model will also feature a satin black front center hood decal with bright blue accent stripes.
Inside the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe's cabin, the light blue theme continues, with the colored stitching on standard Wrangler models being replaced by bright blue stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel, front and rear seats, automatic transmission and 4X4 transfer case shift levers, and front and rear interior door panels. In the center console, there's a button to switch driving modes, which include gasoline only (if the Wrangler 4xe charge is fully depleted) and Electric Vehicle (EV)-only (for a 25-mile driving range using no gasoline) modes. Using the U Connect infotainment touchscreen and seven-inch (7.0") Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) instrument cluster display screen's Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), drivers will be able to monitor their Wrangler 4xe's energy flow, as well as remaining gasoline level and electric charge. Speaking of drive modes, there's also an "eSave" mode that allows drivers to recapture energy using regenerative braking in order to provide additional electric charge. Finally, the "Electric Coaching" feature will provide feedback on how Wrangler 4xe owners can drive more efficiently, and gain more electric-only driving range.
Jeep will build the 2021 Wrangler 4xe at its Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, where the standard Wrangler JL, Wrangler Unlimited JL, and Gladiator JT are also produced. While we won't be getting the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe introduced earlier this year in Europe (at least for now, anyway), the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe will begin shipping to Jeep dealerships nationwide in December of 2020, and pricing information will become available prior to the "On-Sale" date. What do you think of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!