Even the Beloved Wrangler is Going Hybrid
The origin of the Jeep Wrangler has been traced back to the early days of World War II when the European landscape that was war-torn.
Originally donned as the General Purpose or (GP) vehicle the short wheelbase, open ride, and solid axels allowed this purpose-built vehicle to handle the drive. Eventually, GP became “Jeep” and the Willys team had to figure out how to make this vehicle appeal to those who came back from the war and wanted something to work on the trails and farms around the country.
Still Recognized Next to the Original Wrangler
Most vehicles transform over time, but the Jeep Wrangler, and yes, the brand name came from the original Army vehicle, shows some features that you’ll find in any museum that shows you one of the original models. The slotted grill was an original feature as were the round-eye headlights. Of course, when you see the build of the military vehicles of old, it’s easy to see how they became the Wrangler we admire today, but a hybrid powertrain wasn’t likely thought in the early days.
Keeping with the Times
While the Jeep Wrangler shows us the classic look and build we love to admire, it also must remain a modern vehicle. For that reason, the 2020 model year of this SUV will gain a plug-in hybrid that will make the off-road SUV that we love one that can offer us an electrically-assisted powertrain. The Toledo, OH plant was tagged to build some of the essential components of the hybrid system in order to make it possible for this vehicle to exist and become part of the lineup by the time the 202 model year is upon us.
What Will the Hybrid Wrangler Be Powered By?
Because FCA already has the hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica on the market, it’s easy to see how the Jeep will make use of the same hybrid system. This means the 3.6-liter V6 engine and 16-kWh lithium-ion battery could be what we find in the Jeep Wrangler Hybrid of the future. Will this new Jeep offer us 33 miles of all-electric driving when it shows up on the market? We’ll get to see what it brings when the hybrid Jeep Wrangler does make its way to the market to be the off-roader that’s even friendlier to the environment where it plays.
More Electrification from FCA
Over the next few years, the Jeep Wrangler will only be one of nearly thirty electrified models that will be offered. We’ve known the team had plans to make changes and upgrades over the next few years, but haven’t been sure what those changes would be. The expectation is that thirty new electrified models will appear between now and 2022, which will cause us to have a new view of the entire lineup that FCA has to offer including many of the Jeep SUVs.