You might remember a recent article where Jeep teased a now deleted photo of a Gladiator 4xe interior, which has many of us assuming that a debut is right around the corner. But now comes the curve ball. It seems that whoever runs the official social media accounts at Jeep loves subtle cryptic messaging. And they’re also back at it again with two different tweets, two days apart, that feature photos with two different, yet seemingly important numbers: 40.4 and 47.4. What do these numbers mean? We’ve got a couple guesses involving a Gladiator 4xe hybrid, a new battery pack (possibly about the Wrangler Magneto EV), and the wild and radical Jeep Lower 40 concept.
The difference is big. pic.twitter.com/iNiDokVcmU
— Jeep (@Jeep) June 23, 2021
The Gladiator 4xe Fuel Economy?
“The difference is big,” is what one Jeep photo reads. Our first guess is that it’s a fuel economy figure. We already know that the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid has a combined fuel economy of 49 miles per gallon. We’re also certain the numbers have nothing to do with the new Jeep Wagoneer’s fuel economy, as we just covered the massive luxury SUV’s fuel economy earlier this week. Based on the rear-mounted spare tire, rear bumper, and taillights, we can confidently assume that at least one of the numbers will be the Jeep Gladiator 4xe’s fuel economy figure. Compared to the Wrangler, that just makes sense. Right?
A New High-Capacity Battery Pack?
Our second guess, while it’s probably a stretch, is that the numbers represent the capacity of kilowatt-hours available in a new Jeep battery pack. It’s a pretty hopeful and optimistic guess, but not it’s also not entirely realistic. The Wrangler 4xe’s current battery pack only has a capacity of 17.3 kWh, leaving a lot of room above for a Jeep Wrangler Magneto EV, as teased earlier this year. Perhaps either the 40.4 or 47.4 is relative to the kWh capacity of an all-electric Jeep battery pack.
Remember the Jeep Lower 40 Concept?
Our third guess takes us back to a concept car Jeep introduced back in 2009. At SEMA twelve years ago, Jeep gave us the Lower 40 concept. The Lower 40 concept was created with help from Mopar Underground and featured massive 40 x 13.5 inch tires in addition to other cool mods. Based on the first photo with the Jeep-looking 4×4 with fat tires, we have reason to believe that Jeep could be applying innovations from the Lower 40, specifically, 40 inch tires. Another cool tidbit? The fender flares on the Lower 40 concept were 4 inches higher than the flares on the regular Wrangler. So there’s our 40 and our 4.
Maybe Jeep is releasing some sort of monster-Gladiator-hybrid-offroader mash-up with 40inch tires just like they did with the Wrangler back in 2009. Just a cool thought. Other extreme off-roading Jeep concepts that come to mind are the recently announced Orange Peelz (pictured above), and Red Bare concepts. Perhaps these numbers have something to do with off-road specs.
A smoking gun to all of this could be an earlier report suggesting that the Jeep Wrangler could become more capable off road for the 2022 model year, but it makes little sense of the cryptic tweets regardless.
Hopefully, our guesses have given you some food for thought. We’ve got to give it to the folks running the Jeep Twitter and Facebook accounts. The annoyingly fun teaser photos certainly get the gears turning and hype turned up a notch. We’re ready for an answer though.