Last fall, Jeep created the hybrid off-road segment with the plug-in Wrangler 4xe. It brings an impressive combination of power, torque and fuel economy all while claiming no drawbacks in off-road performance. Unfortunately, all of this tech and capability comes at a price, and now we know the full extent of it as Jeep has finally put up the Wrangler 4xe configurator.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe comes in three trim levels, with Sahara being the entry level, Rubicon being the off-road performance model, and High Altitude filling the luxury slot. The non-4xe Wrangler is offered in significantly more trim levels, but if the 4xe is successful, they could make their way to the hybrid. All 4xe models are primarily distinguished by teal badging on the side fenders.
The Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe starts at $48,240. It’s further differentiated from the non-hybrid Sahara with black trim and wheels, whereas the regular Sahara has chrome trim. On the configurator, buyers are first greeted with a bright range of 12 colors, most of them being additional cost. Packages include a $995 Safety Group, $795 Advanced Safety Group, $995 Cold Weather Group, $30 Smoker Group and $795 Trailer and Heavy Duty Electrical Group. On the inside, buyers get a 8.4 inch touchscreen and the choice between tan and black leather. As per usual, there are a plethora of accessories and options on offer.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe starts at $51,940, which is $9,550 more than a standard Rubicon four door. Like the Sahara, the $995 Safety Group, $795 Advanced Safety Group, $995 Cold Weather Group and $795 Trailer, $30 Smoker Group and Heavy Duty Electrical Group are available, plus a $1,745 Steel Bumper Package. On the inside, a 8.4 inch touchscreen is standard, but black cloth seats with bright blue stitching are standard. Black or brown leather is a $1,695 option. On the outside, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe gets the most distinctive hybrid looks, with bright blue and black hood graphics.
At $53,815, the Jeep Wrangler High Altitude 4xe has the highest starting price of any Wrangler model, until the Hemi V8 392 comes along. It has the most limited color palette, with only two grays, a black and a white available. Luckily, they are all included in the base price. It also gets more standard packages and equipment, so only the Advanced Safety, Cold Weather, Smokers and Trailer groups are available. Black or gray leather is also standard.
All Wrangler 4xe models are powered by a four cylinder electric motor hybrid system. It develops 375 hp and 470 lbs feet of torque, more than any non-V8 Wrangler. This allows it to hit 60 in an impressive 6 seconds, all while achieving 50 MPGe and an estimated 400 miles of driving range. It also offers 25 miles of electric only driving range.
While the High Altitude has the highest starting price, the Rubicon is actually the most expensive Wrangler 4xe. There are significantly more options and accessories on offer, which can bring the base price up somewhere around $65,000. Is the fancy hybrid powertrain worth it over a regular model? Or is spending a little more on the faster and more special Rubicon 392 the better move? That’s for customers to decide.
You can visit the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe configurator by clicking here.