Jeep has finally taken the physical wraps off its new plug-in hybrid models for the US, though details remain in the dark.
Revealed at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, we now know that the models will wear the “4xe” badge, and that’s about it. Styling remains mostly the same, with some unique badges and blue accents revealing the electric nature of these vehicles.
Powertrain details and especially all-electric range will be important to the success of these models, and though we have no concrete details, we can do some informed guessing.
The two smaller models, the Compass and Renegade, have already shown their hands. Revealed in Europe already, both models use a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a total output of 240 horsepower. All-electric driving range is pegged at about 31 miles based on the European test cycle.
Four-wheel drive is available in both the plug-in Renegade and Compass, though its not a traditional system, as the front wheels are exclusively powered by the engine while the rear wheels get their drive from the electric motor.
As for the Wrangler, we expect it to use some version of the plug-in powertrain found in the Chrysler Pacifica. In the minivan the powerplant makes 260 horsepower and is rated for 33 miles on all-electric power thanks to a 16-kWh battery.
Another parallel we can draw from the Pacifica is price. If you opt for the plug-in minivan you’re looking at about $13,000 more than a base model, so don’t expect the plug-in version of the Wrangler to come cheap.