Pre-booking for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe “First Edition,” a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler, kicks off today in European markets via a dedicated website. Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland are live with other markets involved in the initiative to follow soon. The Wrangler 4xe Plug-in Hybrid is expected to arrive in European dealerships before this summer. (Jeep Renegade and Compass 4xe Ready for Euro Orders) Marketing has been shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic as was made clear by FCA’s – now Stellantis – challenges of introducing new Jeep Renegade and Compass models in Europe. (Stellantis – a Mega Merger of Auto Companies Names Execs)
This latest marketing ploy started early last year, with pre-booking of the Renegade and Compass 4xe. Jeep claims it was a “resounding success, generating a lot of interest across Europe.” The arrival of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the latest step in the brand’s evolution and another step in the strategy towards the electrification of its entire range, announced in 2020. This will include the introduction of at least one electric or electrified version of each model in the coming years.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe “First Edition” can only be ordered by the first customers on the dedicated website open until mid-March. The package has a full set of charging methods – including the easyWallbox for home charging, plus the cable for public charging; and a new 4xe car cover, a Cargo organizer, the vehicle warranty extended for three years (to reach a total of five years) and the first two routine services included as part of Jeep Wave, the new loyalty and customer care program.
The plug-in hybrid electric technology of the Jeep Wrangler, arguably since range is roughly 30 miles, makes it a vehicle suited for everyday use in the city, with zero-emissions driving in the full-electric mode. It will also – in theory- be more capable on the roughest terrain thanks to the instant availability of torque and the improved performance resulting from the combination of two forms of propulsion – turbo gasoline and electric motors.
As it is customary at Jeep it claims Wrangler 4xe is the most technologically advanced and capable Wrangler ever. It offers a maximum combined output of 380 horsepower, with the pairing of two electric motor generators, a high-voltage battery pack, a turbocharged 2.0-litre gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. When in the option to drive in full electric, a range of up to 50 km is possible.
The new driving modes are Hybrid, Full Electric, E-save, as well as specific functions for electrified driving and charge management. The First Edition’s standard features and styling cues include Granite Chrystal accents, 18-inch wheels, full-LED headlights, a hard cover for the spare tire, 8.4-inch “Uconnect NAV” system with touchscreen, smartphone integration and on-board connectivity (as managing the recharge from the smartphone), plus a 7-inch TFT for information on battery charge levels and range (electric and hybrid). Standard safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning Plus, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection, rear camera and new front camera, front and rear parking sensors, Keyless Enter ‘N Go and electric rearview mirrors.