The Jeep® brand announced earlier today, that it would be unveiling its electrified 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe (JL) offering, alongside the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer (WS) next Thursday, September 3rd on a LIVE broadcast unveiling. The plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) of the Wrangler will be the brand’s first electrified offering in North America following the launch of the Renegade and Compass 4xe in Europe and the Commander PHEV in China.
The Wrangler Unlimited 4xe will be available in several different trims, as we have found out in recent spy photos exclusive to MoparInsiders. According to our sources, the new Wrangler Unlimited 4xe model will utilize the 2.0-liter turbocharged (GME-T4) inline-four-cylinder with the eTorque system, instead of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 like many people thought from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The system will be paired to a new ZF-sourced 8-speed plug-in hybrid automatic transmission, which is based on ZF’s current 8HP automatic transmission architecture that is a majority of the rear-drive FCA lineup.
The new 8-speed hybrid transmission doesn’t include the standard torque converter found on most transmissions but has an electric motor system instead. ZF states that the transmission can power a vehicle up to 31 miles (or 50 kilometers) or up to 74.5 mph (or 120 kph), depending on the size of the battery used in the vehicle. This could mean that the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe would meet a majority of owner’s daily driving needs without having to use gasoline. It also would put the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe in a similar electric performance territory as the other 4xe models.
You can watch the unveiling LIVE on Thursday, September 3rd at 9:00 a.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) on Jeep’s social media accounts or on the MoparInsiders.com.