Jeep will preview its electrified future at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Fiat Chrysler has an ambitious plan to electrify every Jeep model by 2022. At CES 2020 next week, Jeep will preview its electrified future with new plug-in hybrid versions of the Wrangler, Compass, and the Renegade. Technical details are still being kept under wraps, but Jeep has confirmed its new electrified vehicles will carry a new "Jeep 4xe" badge.
The automaker says these new electric vehicles will "modernize the Jeep brand" as it "strives to become the leader in 'green' eco-friendly premium technology." Fuel economy also remains a mystery, but Jeep promises 4xe electric vehicles will be the "most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever," while "taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level."
The electrified Jeep models will also boast improved torque and immediate engine response, making them more fun to drive on the road and more capable off-road. After CES, more information about the Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade 4xe models will be revealed at this year's Geneva, New York and Beijing auto shows, where we'll likely learn specification and pricing details.
At last year's 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Jeep confirmed the plug-in hybrid Renegade and Compass will pack a 1.3-liter inline-four gasoline engine and an electric motor producing a combined 240 horsepower and an estimated electric range of 31 miles, but US specifications haven't been confirmed.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is also available with an eTorque hybrid powertrain option that utilizes a 48-volt mild hybrid system, but the new Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid should offer significantly improved economy. Jeep's announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise since Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed a Wrangler Hybrid is coming back in 2017.
This isn't the only new Jeep Wrangler variant on the horizon either, as Jeep recently unveiled the Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel, which packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V6 producing 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. EPA rates the Wrangler EcoDiesel at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined, making it the most efficient Wrangler - for now.