Over a year back, Jeep confirmed that it would produce a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler. Now we get an appearance at what seems just that. It’s undisguised except for a thin strip of vinyl around the hood and fenders that would appear to be concealing a charging port and some screening devices. The spy photographer that captured it said that, when following the truck, it was running in EV mode until around 25 mph. It seems like it’s most likely the PHEV to us.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV News
Perhaps better news than finally seeing the PHEV is that nothing about the regular Wrangler seems to have been compromised to create it. We can’t see a single styling change, not even to bumpers or fenders for better aerodynamics. Mechanically, it still has strong axles front and rear, so whatever powertrain has been established ought to be attached to an existing Wrangler four-wheel-drive transfer case, rather than utilizing an electrical motor to drive a set of wheels like with the Compass and Renegade PHEV models.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Engine
We’re left to guess at exactly what sort of powertrain the Wrangler plug-in will utilize, and our cash is on a version of the Pacifica Hybrid’s 260-horsepower V6 engine and motors. Since that system uses a variation of the Pentastar V6 already utilized in the Wrangler, it must be reasonably simple to bundle. The Pacifica Hybrid with its 16-kWh battery can increase to 33 miles on a charge. However, we expect the Wrangler will have a shorter electric range due to weight and significantly worse aerodynamics. That might be offset rather if Jeep uses a larger battery. However, that could cause packaging issues as well as an extra cost. Regardless, general mileage must be considerably improved compared to non-hybrid Wranglers.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Debut
Jeep said that the Wrangler plug-in would launch in 2020. It will likely cost a fair bit more than a standard Wrangler, thinking about the fact the base Pacifica Hybrid has to do with $13,000 more than a base non-hybrid variation. A few of that is probably due to devices distinctions, but the hybrid powertrain will still most likely command a premium of a couple of grand.