Don’t get too worked up as the Wrangler 4xe isn’t an all-electric SUV. It is a plug-in hybrid though, and one that can cover around 40km in full EV mode. If you plan on creeping up a tiger on a wild safari, this is your best bet. It’s crazy, but then again Wrangler owners are no less. Of course, there is no change to the driveability and off-road prowess of the Wrangler. It still is just as capable as a mountain goat up a rocky hill. The Wrangler is part of Jeep’s future in electrification as the Cherokee and even the Compass will be featured under the ‘4xe’ badge going forward. That of course, will be alongside the standard engine lineup and even with the Wrangler, the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine is still the main heart of the SUV. The goal, however, is to create a capable and efficient SUV all in one package and the Wrangler 4xe is just that.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s powertrain aims to provide a unique on- and off-road experience through the combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 375bhp and 637Nm which is plenty to plough the worst roads in the world.

Jeep Wrangler 4xeA high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor generator unit mounts at the front of the engine, replacing the conventional alternator. A belt connects the motor-generator to the engine crankshaft pulley. The motor-generator spins the engine for fuel-saving, start-stop operation and generates electricity for the battery pack. The second high-voltage motor-generator is mounted at the front of the transmission case, replacing the conventional torque converter of an automatic transmission.
It sounds like rocket science, but basically, every effort has been made to keep the Wrangler close to its Jeep heritage.

Jeep Wrangler 4xeThe 400V battery is mounted under the middle row seats which is designed to give easy access to the battery pack. Needless to say, All high-voltage electronics, including the wiring between the battery pack and the electric motors, are sealed and waterproof. Like all Trail Rated Jeep Wranglers, the Wrangler 4xe is capable of water wading up to 30 inches (76 cm). As we mentioned, Jeep is certain that the Wrangler 4xe not only matches the performance of the standard version, but thanks to the battery tech, it can do a bit more as well.

Jeep Wrangler 4xeVisually, Jeep has retained the classic look that we all love but has also laden it with subtle EV cues. New Electric Blue colouring on the front and rear Rubicon tow hooks stand out against the b,lack bumpers. The unique blue colouring also traces the Rubicon name on the hood, Jeep badge and the Trail Rated badge. Select Easter egg design cues also receive the Electric Blue shade. The black hood decal is outlined in a special colour with “4xe” that lets the body colour show through.

Jeep Wrangler 4xeInside, the Wrangler 4xe Rubicon includes unique Electric Blue stitching on the seats and trim. The Wrangler 4xe surely seems to be the perfect blend for enthusiasts that also care for the environment and we can’t wait to get our hands on one here in India. Although we assume that is in the distant future.