Jeep’s plan to electrify its range by 2022 is well underway. In July, the brand unveiled the PHEV Renegade and Compass 4xe. Soon they will be joined by another – the Wrangler 4xe. We first heard about Jeep’s electrified boxy off-roader in January, with the automaker promising to share more information later this year. Time is running out, but it looks like Jeep will deliver on its promise, announcing today that it will reveal the Wrangler 4xe in December.
Although Jeep showed the Wrangler 4xe earlier this year, there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. The details of the powertrain remain a mystery, for example. Jeep uses a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder to power its other PEHVs, but rumors persist that the automaker will pair the Wrangler’s existing 3.6-liter V6 mill with the electrified components. Jeep will protect the electrified end caps by placing them in a protected area between the exhaust and the driveshaft.
Spy photos of the hybrid off-roader don’t show many design changes. It will need a door for the charging cable to access the charging port, and there will be a badge and 4xe mark. Otherwise, from the pictures, the Wrangler Hybrid looks like your gasoline vehicle. It is still unclear whether Jeep will offer the 4xe for the two and four-door models. So far we’ve only seen four-door test vehicles.
Jeep teased the Wrangler 4xe in July, on the heels of the Ford Bronco, positioning it as “so quiet it won’t disturb a horse’s nap time.” A little on the nose, although Jeep drives the same point twice in the last teaser. In it, bold letters say, “Blend In With Nature,” another nod to its hybrid powertrain. Jeep has new competition from Ford, and it will only lead to great things for consumers as the two fight to stand out. This would include adding some form of electrification.