At the official unveil of the new Wrangler, Jeep also announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the SUV will be launched in 2020
At the ongoing 2017 LA Auto Show, Jeep brand head Mike Manley confirmed that in a bid to ‘future proof’ the brand, they are working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler. Speaking at the unveiling event, Manley said, “Jeep believes that electrification in the future is inevitable and this will not only future-proof our products but also give us an opportunity to push our capability message with significant improvements in fuel economy, reduction in carbon dioxide emissions along with added capability.”
As of now, Jeep hasn’t revealed any details about the engine but considering that it is a plug-in hybrid, it will be powered by an engine, an electric motor or both. Charge for the battery pack can either be with the help of a plug-in socket or even the engine. As of now the only Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) car to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. This model features a 16kWh and had an electric range of around 53km. Some reports suggest the Wrangler hybrid will make use of an updated version of this powertrain. Jeep also confirmed that the plug-in hybrid system will be packaged in a way that it isn’t intrusive to the Wrangler’s off-road capabilities.
Jeep already announced that the new Wrangler will come with a two petrols, two diesels, and a mild hybrid engine option when it is launched next year. This plug-in hybrid will be another option added to the long list in 2020.