Remember when Jeep announced that they will be launching a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Wrangler? Well come this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jeep will officially be revealing it in the metal.
When officially revealed, the new Wrangler PHEV will carry the ‘4xe’ badge. According to Jeep, this signifies the brand’s commitment in global electrification, as well as reducing carbon emissions for the future. By 2022, Jeep plans to offer electrification options across all models.
Jeep has yet to reveal how the Wrangler PHEV works or what powertrain provides the necessary propulsion. We can speculate, however, that it will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four along with an electric motor. That means the Wrangler will be able to travel on pure electricity for a few kilometers, as well as have better fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions. In addition, the electric motor will provide extra torque when going off-road or when under heavy acceleration.
Aside from the electrified Wrangler, Jeep will also be showcasing the PHEV versions of the Renegade and Compass. First revealed during the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show, both vehicles are powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine that is helped along by an electric motor. The result is a a total system output of 190 PS or 240 PS for the Renegade. Meanwhile, the Compass is only available with the latter output.
As the two are plug-in hybrids, both Jeeps can travel on pure electricity for 50 km, as well as reach a top speed of 128 km/h. And with the help of an electric motor, Jeep claimed that it will help the Compass and Renegade generate more torque for taking on challenging terrain, and provide quicker acceleration.
Get to see the electrified Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 from January 7 - January 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.