The Jeep Wrangler might switch from ICE to pure EV in the coming years
It's no secret that both Stellantis and Jeep are making strides in offering more electrified vehicles. Take the Jeep Wrangler for instance as it's now available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) via the Wrangler 4xe. This particular 4x4 can still go off the beaten path but has the ability to travel on pure electric power for 40 km. Jeep even made a Willys version of the Wrangler 4xe that they revealed last year.
Aside from the Wrangler, Jeep also has PHEV versions of the Renegade and Compass available in Europe. With that, Jeep is already on its way to electrifying its entire lineup in the not-so-distant future. But what about the future of the internal combustion engine (ICE) with Jeep?
Well, the Jeep Wrangler may only be available with electric power in the coming years. Based on production details between Stellantis and United Auto Workers (UAW), the popular 4x4 may completely ditch ICE in favor of pure electric power.
The tentative agreement between Stellantis and UAW has yet to be ratified. But should they be approved, the current JL generation Wrangler will continue to be offered with ICE and electrified powertrains until 2028. In the same year, however, the UAW deal shows a production plan for the J70 Wrangler which will supposedly be available only with two electric powertrains – one will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) while the other will have an engine that will serve only as a range extender.
There's no mention of any variant with an ICE or a PHEV variant of the 4x4 which leads us to believe that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler may only be available as an EV. For now, Jeep or Stellantis have yet to make an official comment regarding the matter.
But with other fellow Stellantis brand Dodge all set to go EV in the next few years, perhaps Jeep is also setting its sights on becoming a pure EV brand in the not-so-distant future. The only question now is, what will 4x4 purists have to say about this?