Next-Generation Wrangler Will Get Two Electrified Powertrains

New Wrangler (J70) To Debut In 2028...

Introduced as the successor of the iconic Jeep® CJ, the Wrangler is the halo vehicle for the entire Jeep brand. Since its introduction in 1986, Jeep has sold over 5 million vehicles of its legendary body-on-frame, solid axle, and open-top SUV over the past 37 years.

Jeep® Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept. (MoparInsiders).

The current Jeep Wrangler (JL) generation was introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model. Since that introduction, the JL has become the most diverse Wrangler ever and offers a model that suits everyone. From plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology to a 392 cubic-inch HEMI® V8 option, the Wrangler is not only the most capable 4×4 on the market but also the most efficient and the most powerful.

However, since its introduction, the Wrangler now faces fierce competition from Ford with their Bronco. In 2023, Jeep sold 126,551 units in the U.S., while Ford sold a total of 91,468 Broncos. While Jeep maintains the lead, the most recognized 4×4 doesn’t want to be upstaged by Ford.

Jeep® Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept. (MoparInsiders).

So, this past week, the United Auto Workers (UAW) tentative agreement with Stellantis shed some light on what we can expect coming down the pipeline for the Wrangler nameplate.

The current JL will remain in production until 2028. Key highlights indicate that the popular Wrangler 4xe PHEV will get an update for the 2025 model year. We expect the HEMI® V8 to be dropped for 2025, so a power upgrade for the 4xe will make it the most powerful Wrangler in the lineup.

Jeep® Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept. (MoparInsiders).

But the most important news that the document showed is that the next-generation Wrangler (J70) will make its debut in 2028. The Wrangler J70 will introduce two new electrified powertrains. The first will be an all-new battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Jeep has been teasing this with its three variants of the Wrangler Magneto concept, an all-electric version of the current JL model. The last version, the Magneto 3.0 concept, features a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm and connects to a 6-speed manual transmission for ultimate control.

The compact e-motor allows the driver to choose between two power settings (standard: 285 horsepower/273 lb.-ft. of torque; maximum: 650 horsepower/900 lb.-ft. of torque). Two-stage power regeneration mode allows the Magneto 3.0 to offer normal driving while off, or enhanced brake regeneration using the electric motor when engaged. There is also an aggressive hill descent mode that can be selected in low range to offer true ‘one pedal’ off-road driving in serious rock-crawling situations.

Jeep® Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept. (MoparInsiders).

The second powertrain will be a new Range Electric Paradigm Breaker (REPB), which allows an internal combustion engine (ICE) not to drive the wheels, but to act as a generator to recharge the battery on the fly. Giving you extended range, and ultimately allowing the generator to continue to supply power to the battery for use in long-distance driving without having to stop for long periods. This system will also be used on the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger.

In the Ramcharger, a 92 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack is paired with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine on-board 130 kW generator, sending power to 250-kilowatt (kW) front and 238 kW rear electric drive modules (EDMs). It is unknown if the Wrangler REPB will use a 3.6-liter as a generator or maybe something else.

While there might not be a full-out ICE model, the industry is now recognizing that the electric vehicle market in North America is on the decline. So, who knows? There is still plenty of time for Jeep to develop an ICE alternative.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Perhaps there may be a pure ICE with a mutual transmission offered in the Wrangler, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting. The key to an ICE for the Wrangler is the 880 RE Gen 4 which is to be built in Kokomo. With a 48V electric motor in it, the 880 RE Gen 4 will probably be the next rear drive mild hybrid setup. This is just my guessing. The fourth generation 8-speed is plug and play according to ZF, and there will be a choice of a torque converter, a 48V or high voltage electric motors.

The Pentastar V6 certainly fits under the hood of a Wrangler, but where would the batteries go? Dana has been the historical supplier of axles for Jeep and the company does offer solid electric drive axles. A Ram 1500 has lots of room for a range extended EV power train, but I don't know how they could pull it off in a Wrangler.

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My guess is there will be no pure ICE... That there will be 3..... BEV, REV, and PHEV. Body on Frame makes that even easier no different floor stampings.

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I think it’s a wrong decision not to offer a pure ICE option.

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I think it’s a wrong decision not to offer a pure ICE option.

I think it's a brilliant solution to remove the parasitic torque converter, with pancake motors. At that point you only talking about how big a battery you pair with it. It is the ICE solution with HP added instead of parasitic loss of torque conversion. Maybe cheap 6 speed option with clutch, but Wrangler already demand high margins.

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Why not the opposite? ICE motor with a pancake electrical motor instead of the torque converter?
ZF new transmission is capable of that.

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