Jeep Wrangler Hybrid Tries To Steal The Bronco's Thunder

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Jeep has dropped yet another teaser for the new plug-in-hybrid Wrangler 4xe.

Jeep might not be quite ready yet for a pure-electric Wrangler, but the rugged SUV brand does have a plug-in-hybrid model on the way in the US market: the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. The Wrangler 4xe follows two plug-in hybrids for the European market revealed earlier this year - the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe - and it will provide American Wrangler buyers with a quiet, fuel-efficient new powertrain option capable of going the distance on-road or off.

Jeep has taken to teasing the new plug-in Wrangler at every opportunity, and the latest video from Jeep shows off the SUV's new fender-mounted charge port, inviting us to "Plug & Play" in the efficient new hybrid off-roader.

Jeep has been quiet on the details when it comes to the new Wrangler 4xe. We know that it will offer a limited amount of pure-electric driving range, likely in the vicinity of 20 to 30 miles, but everything else is conjecture for now. However, word is that the hybrid will combine a single electric motor with a turbocharged 2.0L gas engine and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, offering no more power or torque than the standard 2.0L, and instead using its electric motor to improve efficiency and deliver whisper-quiet electric overlanding.

We could know more as soon as September 3, however, which is when Jeep will unveil a concept version of the new full-size Grand Wagoneer. It's expected that the brand could officially reveal the Wrangler 4xe alongside it.

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One thing we do know about the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is that it will arrive on the market in December 2020, around the same time that it's launched in the EV-hungry Chinese market. The target launch date was confirmed in the caption for this latest teaser, and it makes good on FCA CEO Mike Manley's promise back in June that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe would arrive before the end of the year.

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