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Jeep Wrangler gains PHEV 4XE model for off-roading greener

The Jeep Wrangler currently offers a few different gasoline and diesel-powered engine options. One thing they haven’t offered yet is a hybrid (the 48-volt eTorque doesn’t count). That ends today with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler 4XE.

Powered by a 17kWh electric battery, the Wrangler 4XE is capable of going up to 25 miles on electricity only. That’s enough for most people to spend their entire day driving solely on electricity.

At night, a Level 2 charger can completely recharge the Wrangler 4XE in approximately 2 hours. Jeep will sell you an at-home charger if you want, but it uses the standard SAE J1772 connector, so any wall charger will work.

Combined system power is 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s more torque than the EcoDiesel-powered Wrangler, and the instant torque delivery of an electric motor should improve rock crawling.

There are three levels of the 4XE trim. The base 4XE, the Sahara, and the Rubicon. The Rubicon retains all of the normal Rubicon features, including 30-inches of water fording capability. Jeep intends their hybrid SUVs to offer the same capability as their non-hybrid models.

You’ll be able to tell the difference between a normal Wrangler and a 4XE by the color blue. The badging is blue, and there’s a decal on the hood touting the feature. On the Rubicon, where the tow hooks are normally red, they are now.

Pricing isn’t currently available, but we expect it to be a premium similar to what Jeep currently charges for the EcoDiesel engine upgrade. It should be eligible for federal and local tax incentives when it goes on sale.

Expect to see the new 4XE Wranglers on dealership lots early next year.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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