Four-ex-ee is not the correct pronunciation.
Jeep surprised the world earlier this year by releasing the first plug-in hybrid Wrangler. Dubbed the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid, this new variant just entered production and is currently the most powerful Wrangler (until the Hemi 392 model arrives). The Wrangler Hybrid joins two other 4xe models, the Compass and Renegade, which were revealed in Europe earlier this year.
During the launch of those models, Jeep specified how to pronounce the name 4xe. Reading it like a normal car, it would be tempting to pronounce it as "four-ex-ee." As it turns out, the correct pronunciation is "four-by-ee," just as 4x4 is pronounced "four-by-four." Don't believe us? Just check out this introduction video from Jeep back in earlier September.
Jeep faces the challenge of educating customers on how to pronounce 4xe, but it must also tackle the difficult task of explaining how a plug-in hybrid system works. Many consumers are still unsure of the differences between a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). This confusion can often lead them to ignore these segments all together or fail to get the full benefits of their vehicle.
The Wrangler 4xe Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Together, the engine and electric motor combine to produce 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is substantially more than the gasoline-only Wrangler variants.
The 4xe's battery will allow drivers to travel 25 miles on electric power alone before the gasoline engine kicks in. This can be useful for short trips or silently cruising around town. 25 miles is obviously not a tremendously long distance, so the engine can also kick on to run by itself or in concert with the electric motors.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe should be hitting showrooms early next year when we should learn more about pricing for the new model.