The Wrangler is an icon of off-road prowess and capability, and is the vehicle most people immediately associate with rugged outdoor adventures.
The Wrangler 4xe will use the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that's now available on Wrangler models, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission, two electric motors, and a 17-kWh battery pack mounted under the second-row seat. The battery pack also has a dedicated heating and cooling circuit which keeps it operating at optimum temperatures. An integrated dual charging module (IDCM) combines a battery charger with a DC/DC converter in a single unit that is more compact than two separate components, and a power inverter module than is reduced in size. The goal with the battery pack's design was to maintain the interior room of the Wrangler, keeping it unchanged.More news: Video Shows DC Police Fatally Shoot Man With Gun
The Rubicon 4xe's 10.8 inches of ground clearance remains the same as the conventionally-powered version - which weighs about 700 pounds less - and the sealed battery pack's placement under the rear passenger seat allows it to wade through up to 30 inches of water.
Jeep plans to sell the Wrangler 4xe globally, but hasn't given timeframes for markets outside of the US, China, and Europe. The plug port is located at the left-front cowl so the rig can be nosed in at charging locations, reducing cord reach. Another LED lit battery monitor sits atop the dashboard near the windscreen, so charge state can be seen from afar.
Drivers will have several drive modes to choose from, including electric, which uses only battery power until the charge is depleted unless full-throttle is applied, and an eSave setting that preserves the electrons for when you want to use them, like for a stealthy drive into the great outdoors.More news: Beirut blasts: 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate found near scene
The starter-generator motor assumes the role of the conventional 12-volt starter motor, however a 12-volt battery is still present in the Wrangler 4xe for powering the vehicle's accessories. Max Regen is a toggled option selectable by the driver. It's the most powerful Wrangler on paper so far, after all. Like most Jeep models, especially the Wrangler, a host of Mopar and aftermarket parts are available to customize the rig.
Whereas the compact twins generate up to 179kW of power, the Wrangler 4xe ups the ante and develops a much more potent 280kW and 637Nm of torque. All Wrangler 4xe models will use Dana 44 solid front and rear axles, coil springs, and monotube shocks. A Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential is offered as an optional upgrade. The iconic off-roader has now received an electrified powertrain in 4xe guise for the 2021 model year, and it is identified by "Electric Blue" highlights on the Rubicon variant for its tow hooks, Rubicon naming outlines, along with Electric Blue stitching and trim in the interior. The Rubicon 4xe's transfer case is unique and will offer a 4.0:1 low-range ratio, compared to the Sahara and base models' 2.72:1 low-range ratio.More news: Lewis County Announces Three New COVID-19 Cases, Seven Recoveries