For 2024, we’re getting an updated version of the legendary Jeep Wrangler, which has taken the world by storm since entering the market. Since 1986, the Jeep brand has sold over 5 million units, and while the world is changing its tune regarding powertrains, the brand has yet to lose its traction even with electrification involved. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid is one of the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles in the United States, and it hasn’t lost any of its off-road capability despite the larger battery. But what’s the plan for the future?
Fifth-Gen Jeep Wrangler (J70): Early Details
According to information from the UAW following a tentative agreement with Stellantis a few days ago, the current generation of the Jeep Wrangler will end production in 2028, which means the fifth-gen Wrangler will arrive in 2028. Not only that, but the PDF suggests that there will be a plug-in hybrid system upgrade coming in 2025. On the note of powertrains, the next generation Jeep Wrangler (J70) will feature at least two powertrains.
The 2028 Jeep Wrangler J70 will be the most technologically advanced Wrangler we have ever seen, with BEV and REPB powertrains. If you didn’t know, BEV stands for battery electric vehicle, while REPB refers to a Range Electric Paradigm Breaker powertrain, which makes use of a combustion engine to generate power for the batteries, essentially extending the overall range of the vehicle and reducing the number of stops one has to take to recharge. This system will first debut alongside the Ram 1500 REV and will likely be the ideal choice amongst EV owners who intend to tow or go on road trips.
As of now, it’s difficult to say whether these will be the only powertrain options available for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler or if Stellantis will make the 2.0-liter Hurricane I4 or even the 3.0-liter Hurricane I6 available for those customers who have no intention of ever purchasing an EV.