If you were hoping to order a 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, prepare to be disappointed.
With the launch of the electrified Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid, a new era for the iconic off-roader has begun. Since the order books opened, demand for the electrified off-roader has been so high that the Wrangler 4xe is already the best-selling plug-in hybrid in America. It's so popular that Jeep CEO Christian Meunier has confirmed the Wrangler 4xe is already completely sold out for the 2021 model year, so if you were hoping to place an order for a 2021 model you're out of luck.
Meunier made the announcement during Stelantis EV Day, the same event where the first all-electric Jeep Wrangler was teased. It's safe to say the Wrangler 4xe has been more popular than anyone expected - it even outsold the ubiquitous Toyota Prius in Q1, 2021.
The first customer deliveries for the Wrangler 4xe began a few months ago, but there's a good chance some existing orders will be delayed due to the high demand and the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
The Wrangler 4xe is part of Jeep's strategy to have plug-in hybrids and fully electric models make up 70 percent of sales by 2025. By the same year, Jeep plans to offer an electrified vehicle in every SUV segment. The Wrangler 4xe is offered in Sahara and Rubicon trims, which are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors with a 400-volt battery pack.
Combined, this setup generates 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed transmission. In EV mode, the Wrangler 4xe can climb up trails in complete silence for up to 21 miles. As you would expect, the Wrangler 4xe is the most efficient version of the popular off-roader, with an EPA-rated 49 MPGe.
Pricing for the 2021 Wrangler Sahara 4xe model starts at $47,995, while the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe starts at $51,695, but if you place an order don't expect it to arrive until the 2022 model year.