With most of the major manufacturers reporting their Q1 2022 sales this month, Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) and the Jeep® brand have a lot to be happy about. Its electrified Wrangler Unlimited 4xe lineup was the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the United States during the Q1 period.
According to FCA US, LLC, the Jeep brand sold a total of 8,346 units of its Wrangler Unlimited 4xe models in the United States in Q1. Impressive numbers considering the ongoing supply chain and semiconductor shortages facing the automotive industry. So much so, that it beat the second best-selling vehicle (Toyota RAV4 Prime) by 3,113 units.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s propulsion system combines two electric motors, a turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) inline-four-cylinder engine, and an electrified ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission for nearly silent propulsion and enhanced 4×4 off-road capability, without EV range anxiety. This arrangement enables the “Trail Rated” Wrangler to retain its running gear that includes solid front and rear axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, a fully articulating suspension, and the capability of water fording up to 30-inches.
The E-Selec modes let the driver tailor the Wrangler 4xe propulsion to the trip (hybrid, electric, and eSave), which conserves the battery pack charge for later use. The Wrangler 4xe’s 17-kWh battery pack recharges in approximately 2 hours on Level 2 (220-volt) power and in about 12 hours on Level 1 (110-volt) household power. Wrangler 4xe delivers 21 miles of all-electric range and a fuel economy of 49 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).
On another note, FCA US, LLC also released its sales numbers for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. There were 4,164 units of the electrified PHEV minivans, delivered to customers during the Q1 2022 period.
The Pacifica Hybrid delivers more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, and a total range of more than 500 miles. Pacifica Hybrid features a Stellantis-designed, innovative dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) paired with a specially modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine that alleviates range anxiety and delivers peace of mind to customers. Pacifica Hybrid is designed to offer a seamless driving experience, with no need for the driver to select between electric and hybrid modes.
Together, the two hybrids totaled over 12,000 PHEVs units sold for FCA US, LLC during Q1, accounting for about 3% of the total sales volume.