The Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe are some of the first Stellantis vehicles within the US market to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains. And that lineup is expected to grow soon with the anticipated Jeep Gladiator 4xe pickup truck. You know, the one that was briefly teased on social media prematurely.
Just how premature? Well, according to Mopar Insiders, the world may not see a Jeep Gladiator 4xe hybrid pickup truck for a couple more laps around the sun, until the 2024 model year. The reasoning is that today’s JL Jeep Wrangler is said to be due for a refresh in 2023, and with the JT Gladiator piggybacking on the JL Wrangler platform, it too may receive a bit of a mild facelift, and along with it would come the 4xe powertrain. No word on a the mighty 392 V8 option for the pickup truck just yet.
Jeep’s PHEV Hybrid Powertrain
The Jeep Gladiator 4xe will be powered by the same PHEV system currently under the hood of the Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee 4xe models. The powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Altogether, the 4xe powertrain delivers 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The latter figure matches the Wrangler 392 V8. But where as the big Hemi has a limitless appetite for gasoline, the 4xe powertrain allows the JL Wrangler to travel 21 miles purely on electricity and has given the vehicle an EPA rating of 49 miles per gallon-equivalent (MPGe).
Only time will tell what the system will do under the hood of the Jeep Gladiator 4xe, and while 2024 feels like a ways away, we may start spotting prototypes on the road in the coming months.