Jeep is certainly feeling the heat with the launch of it’s biggest competition ever, the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco. But rather than pretend it doesn’t exist, Jeep has gone on the attack over the last few days with new models and announcements. Jeep showed the Gladiator EcoDiesel, hinting that Ford doesn’t offer a diesel or pickup version of the Bronco. More exciting is the Wrangler 392 Concept, a 6.4L Hemi V8 powered Wrangler that seems to be almost production ready, with Bronco V6 beating performance. Today though, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug in hybrid was teased in the video below, with some not-so-subtle Bronco jabs.
While the Bronco references in the video are left for the viewer to determine, it’s certainly no accident they used the horses. Maybe Jeep feels the Bronco should have laid dormant? Its reign as the segment leader certainly does.
No matter the symbolism of the video, Jeep isn’t giving any details on the Wrangler 4xe just yet. Still, rumors point to about 30 miles of electric only driving range, in line with most plug in hybrid vehicles. We also don’t know if the Pentastar V6 or 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo will provide the internal combustion part of the powertrain. No matter what’s under the hood though, it should carry the off-road capability you’d expect from a Wrangler, but with better-than-ever fuel economy.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe was first introduced at the 2020 CES tech show, where no major details were released. Still, Jeep says the model is coming soon in the video description. This will likely be a part of a 2021 Wrangler announcement that’s expected to detail many of the updates coming to the model, such as the 4xe powertrain. Revisions expected for 2021 include some revisions to the mild hybrid eTorque lineup, likely because of the introduction of the 4xe plug in. Jeep will also include more standard features across the lineup.