For the past eight decades, Jeep has prided itself in manufacturing world-class, off-road-capable Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), and in 2020, it enters a new market: the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) class. At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (Nevada), Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Jeep showed off its three newest additions to its lineup: the Wrangler, Renegade, and Compass '4xe'. The '4xe' lineup, initially available on Jeep's three most popular SUV's, will eventually make its way to the entire lineup of Jeep SUVs (and pickup trucks) by the 2022 model year, including the upcoming all-new Grand Cherokee midsize SUV, and the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUV's.
While full details aren't yet available for the 4xe lineup of vehicles (those details will emerge at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this coming April (2020), Jeep did have all three 4xe vehicles on display at CES 2020. If you're looking to tell a 4xe Jeep vehicle apart from its gasoline-only counterparts, you'll want to look for an additional charging port door. On a Renegade 4xe or a Compass 4xe, that charging port door will be on the driver's-side rear quarter panel, in addition to the fuel door on the passenger's-side rear quarter panel. On a Wrangler 4xe, the charging port door will be located on the driver's-side front fender (all three 4xe vehicles will also feature a unique '4xe' emblem). Other details that set a 4xe Jeep model apart from other Jeep vehicles that are solely powered by gasoline are unique aluminum-alloy wheels, as well as darkened emblems and badging on the exterior of the vehicles, which also feature a unique 'Trail Rated 4X4' emblem on their driver's-side front fenders, and blue accenting on the exterior of all three vehicles (which presumably will continue into the interior as well).
As mentioned, no details have been provided as to powertrain details or trim level availability. In Europe, Jeep already offers a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of the Renegade and Compass, which both feature a turbocharged 1.3L MultiAir Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine paired with an electric motor, producing a total of 240 horsepower. It is unknown as to whether this powertrain will also make its way into the Renegade, Compass, and Wrangler 4xe. We expect the Wrangler 4xe to feature either the turbocharged 2.0L Hurricane Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine with an electric motor, or the naturally-aspirated 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 gasoline engine paired with an electric motor. All vehicles should feature either an automatic transmission, which will most likely be a Continuously-Variable Automatic (CVT) Transmission. Expect to see the Jeep 4xe lineup at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in April (2020), and pricing to be announced closer to the "on-sale" date for the 2021 model year. What do you think of Jeep's new 4xe lineup of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV's)? Would you consider buying one once they're released? Let us know in the comments down below!