CES is known across the tech industry as the premier event for new gadgets and innovations. With that being said, many brands and companies make an appearance every year to show off their latest achievements and consumer goods. Jeep is not one of them. However, this year it will take to the showroom floor at CES 2020 to debut a trio of new plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.
At long last, fans will get a glimpse of a planet-friendly Wrangler. Joining it will be hybrid models of the Renegade and Compass. All three will bear a “4xe” nameplate for their debut.
The Jeep Wrangler is the subject of many memes due to its notorious hunger for gas. Yet, despite its poor fuel efficiency, this vehicle has become an icon of American cars. Even so, there is no avoiding the fact that electric vehicles are the future.
Jeep hasn’t yet revealed the technical specifications of its new trio—at least not in the United States. Last year, the company showed off a hybrid Renegade and Compass in Europe at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. Those models may give a hint at what the production-bound trio will look like.
As far as the exterior, it will be difficult to tell the hybrids apart from their gas-guzzling relatives. They will obviously feature an extra flap for their charging port, but aside from that (and the 4xe plate) they will look nearly identical. On the interior, Jeep plans to rework some features, such as the infotainment system.
Jeep Hybrid Rumors
Despite the excitement, it isn’t too surprising that Jeep is ready to announce its new hybrids. In fact, it’s just in time. The company has already made a pledge to offer every vehicle in its lineup as a fully electric or hybrid option by 2022. Each of the three Jeep vehicles shown off at next week’s CES event will go on sale during the 2021 model year.
Again, while Jeep hasn’t announced final details, some clues have been unearthed that give potential buyers a glimpse at what the new trio will be capable of.
The European Renegade and Compass hybrids both feature a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine to power the front two wheels. The rear two are spun by an electric motor. This combo gives the SUVs all-wheel drive with an output of approximately 240 horsepower. Tough the American models will probably be tweaked they shouldn’t be too different.
The new hybrid Wrangler doesn’t have a European counterpart. Considering that it is geared for off-road adventures, it will need a more powerful system. Rumors currently suggest that it will bear a 3.6-liter V6 engine. This will accompany dual electric motors that provide instant torque in the rear. Not only will this let drivers power along rough terrain, but it should also enable them to drive the hybrid Wrangler on electric power only for short distances.
Sadly, the vehicles themselves aren’t ready just yet. So, Jeep will offer CES attendees a VR test drive that puts them behind the wheel of a Wrangler 4xe on Hell’s Revenge trail in Utah. The company will also likely provide more details about the lineup at the event.