Last week at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Jeep® introduced the updated Wrangler (JL) and announced the arrival of the Sport S model of the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for the 2024 model year. Despite several Wrangler Sport S 4xe prototypes being caught on Michigan public roads since 2020 by spy photographers, the vehicle had not been officially released until now.
During the previous year, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier was asked by MoparInsiders.com if the Sport 4xe would ever be released. Meunier responded, “We are very limited in production, as I have explained. One step at a time. I think with more availability with the 4xe version, we will most likely extend to more trim levels, including the Sport, but it will take some time.”
Due to the success of Wrangler 4xe sales, Jeep has decided to expand its electrified offerings, which include the long-awaited Sport S model. The release of the entry-level Wrangler PHEV is expected to enable Jeep to not only maintain its top spot in sales of PHEVs in the U.S. but allow it to fend off surging sales of the Ford Bronco.
With a curb weight of 5,049 lbs, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4xe is set to be the lightest 4xe model available. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine featuring an eTorque belt-start generator/motor and an integrated transmission traction motor, the vehicle delivers an impressive output of 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sport S 4xe is also expected to maintain its all-electric range of 21 miles and fuel efficiency of 49 MPGe. Furthermore, it boasts front and rear third-generation Dana axles with a gear ratio of 3.73 and high-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers.
The Sport S 4xe will come equipped with a 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 digital touchscreen, power windows, and door locks, as well as a range of advanced safety features, including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop, and side curtain airbags. Additionally, the vehicle will feature remote keyless entry, a premium soft-top, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and a Gorilla glass windshield.