JEEP WRANGLER 4XE OVERVIEW
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the plug-in hybrid version of the long-lived Wrangler series, introduced for the 2021 model year for the JL generation. This will be the first hybrid edition of the popular 4×4, which traces its roots to the Willys MB utility truck of WWII fame. The Wrangler 4xe is pitched as a more eco-friendly alternative to the off-road experience Jeep buyers have sought for decades.
The JL Jeep Wrangler 4xe began production in early 2021, just as its parent company Fiat Chrysler merged with the French PSA Group to form the new auto conglomerate Stellantis. The new Jeep also debuted in a market raging with hype over the new Ford Bronco, a clear off-road rival to the Wrangler series. To the credit of Jeep, Ford did not launch the Bronco hybrid for its inaugural model year, leaving the Wrangler 4xe without much direct competition.
JL Jeep Wrangler 4xe Dimensions
Length: 188.4 inches
Width: 73.8 inches
Height: 73.5 inches
Curb weight: 5,100 pounds, nearly 1,000 lbs heavier than the regular Wrangler models. This owes in part to the fact that hybrid/EV batteries and powertrains are by no means light.
All JL Jeep Wrangler 4xe trim levels come standard with a hybrid powertrain, with electric generators combining with a turbocharged 2.0L DOHC turbo engine to power a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Output: 375 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque
0-60 time: 6 seconds.
There is some serious off-road potential for this SUV with 470 ft-ibs of torque-on-demand available for any trail situation. The Rubicon model is a better option for overlanders with its 33-inch all-terrain tires and Rock-Trac full time transfer case. The running ground clearance on all models is 10.8 inches.
Jeep Wrangler 4xe approach angle: 42.2 inches
Jeep Wrangler 4xe breakover angle: 22 inches
Jeep Wranger 4xe departure angle: 35.2 inches.
RANGE AND FUEL ECONOMY
The Wrangler 4xe gets an EPA estimated 49 miles-per-gallon-equivalent with an estimated range of 370 miles on a full charge and tank.
There are three different trim levels for the Wrangler 4xe: Sahara, Rubicon and High Altitude. The Sahara model is the most basic, while the Rubicon sports larger tires and a Rock-Trac 4×4 system. The most expensive trim, High Altitude, features a leather interior for more stylish drivers. All three trims are available on the gas-only Wrangler, and have comparable features.
The tech featured on the Wrangler 4xe is quite innovative, both in hybrid engine technology and regenerative braking.
The powertrain features a 400-volt, 17 kwH Lithium-Ion battery sending power to two different electric generators mounted to the engine and transmission. The electric generators then combine with the gasoline engine in three E-Selec Modes, each of which prioritize different sources of power. The Hybrid mode uses gas and electric power, while the Electric and eSave modes prioritize electric power and gas power, respectively.
Regenerative braking is also an important new feature, as the Wrangler 4xe can use its electric motors to help slow the wheels when braking (much like the engine brake systems found on big rig trucks). This saves the brake pads from doing as much work and lowers the rate of wear.
JEEP WRANGLER 4XE PRICE
The base MSRP for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Sahara is $49,805. The Wrangler 4xe Rubicon starts at $53,505, and the luxurious Wrangler 4xe High Altitude rounds out the list at $55,625.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is being produced at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, OH, alongside the standard model JL Wrangler and its JT Gladiator pickup variant. The Toledo Complex has produced Jeeps since the first Willys CJ in 1945.