Think serious off-road capability can only come with a beefy V6 or V8 power plant? Get to know the 4×4 of the Future. The Wrangler 4xe, the most capable and green SUV on—and off—the road.
First of All, What Do We Call It?
It may not be destined to be the controversy that “gif” vs. “jif” is, but there are two camps forming when it comes to pronouncing Jeep’s entry into the plug-in hybrid market.
So, without further ado, let’s get it straight from the mouth of Jim Morrisson, the Head of the Jeep Brand in North America: pronounce it “four-by-e,” not “four-ex-e.”
Wired, Inspired, and Worthy of its Badge
Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s get to know the Wrangler 4xe a little better.
Jeep offers its new hybrid powertrain in the Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude trims and plans to make it available in all models by 2025.
The 4xe delivers the legendary capability worthy of the Wrangler badge. Anything you can do in the gasoline-powered Jeep you can do in the Trail Rated 4xe, including fording up to 30 inches of water.
Like other hybrid vehicles, the 4xe uses regenerative braking to return power to the battery. You can also recharge this electric version of the Jeep Wrangler in a standard 120V outlet.
More Power to You
Of course, having a 375-horsepower engine cranking 470 pound-feet of torque makes for great off-road fun. But this power combination also delivers hustle when it’s time to merge onto the freeway, zipping from 0-60 in 6 seconds.
Choose from three drive modes to maximize fuel economy, range, and adventure.
- Electric Mode offers a range of up to 21 miles. It handles most commutes without using a drop of gas, and you can take advantage of its instant torque to scramble over trail debris. Then you can switch back to Hybrid or ESave mode for the drive home.
- ESave Mode saves battery power for later use. ESave prioritizes the 4xe’s 2.0L engine to keep the battery pack charged, so it’s at full bars when you need it.
- Hybrid Mode is the Wrangler 4xe’s default. As with other hybrid vehicles, this mode teams up the electric motor and 2.0L turbocharged engine to deliver quick acceleration while maximizing fuel efficiency.
This Wrangler Won’t Tie You Down
Hybrid battery technology has made incredible strides over the years. Not only is the batter pack smaller (in the Wrangler 4xe, it’s nestled under the rear seats), but they also go much farther. The electric Wrangler achieves a combined 49 MPGE and can travel up to 370 miles on a full charge and tank of gas.
And, as we mentioned above, you can charge a Jeep Wrangler 4xe using a standard 120V outlet (known as a Level I charging system), but you’ll need 12 hours to achieve a full charge. If you’re not the patient type, a Level II system (240V) recharges the vehicle in only 2 hours. Don’t have a 240V line? Jeep partner Qmerit can send professional installers to your home—for a price.
Get to Know the Wrangler 4xe for Yourself
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe delivers the capability you expect from this legendary 4×4 with a modern, fuel-efficient twist. So, go ahead: take off the doors and enjoy the great outdoors in the Green Car Journal’s 2021 Green SUV of the Year.