The halting of 2-door Jeep Wrangler sales in Europe has everything to do with the quickly changing auto industry as a whole, as well the EU’s more definitive and refined emissions standards. Hybrid vehicles have been fully embraced by consumers as manufacturers have made them readily available. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an easy solution for Jeep to keep the 2-door Wrangler. And, soon, the only variant that will be left standing will be the JL Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
It’s Just Too Small For A Hybrid Drivetrain
Per Automotive News, roughly 30% of the Wranglers sold in Europe are the 2-door models. Those Wranglers are powered by the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The compact size (using that term loosely here) and short wheelbase cannot effectively package a hybrid drivetrain. While yes, it does seem a little hard to believe considering there’s plenty of hybrid vehicles out there, Jeep would likely have to spend lots of money on engineering and manufacturing at a time where it’s just not worth it. However, history isn’t exactly on the side of
FCA Stellantis when the excuse has been that things “won’t fit.” This was used to explain why there wasn’t (yet) a Dodge Charger Hellcat, or (yet) a Jeep Wrangler 392, etc.
A Look At Emissions and The Jeep Wrangler
We also have to consider the European emission control standards and goals, which differ substantially from the United States’. If you take a look at the graph from Longtailpipe.com, you’ll notice that the EU focuses more on regulating carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide output, while the US emission standards are centered around nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Thanks to the Automotive News report, we put those comparisons into context with the 2-door Wrangler and the Wrangler 4xe. The 2-door Jeep Wrangler Sport emits 243 grams per kilometer of CO2, compared to the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid’s 79 grams per kilometer. It’s easy to understand why the 2-door is getting the boot.
Fortunately for the Europeans, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be a fantastic and emissions-friendly alternative. The 4xe’s main competition will be the Land Rover Defender, which does feature a short wheelbase configuration. Jeep fans in the US won’t have to worry though, the 2-door Wrangler isn’t going anywhere.