It has taken many months of rumours and speculations before we actually get a confirmation from Jeep regarding the next generation Wrangler. And finally, the actual product is now exhibited at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mike Manley also took this opportunity to make an interesting announcement. During the event, he said that the car manufacturer does have plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for the 2020 model year.
Though the boss did not share a lot of details about the new and improved Wrangler, we know that it will be partially electrified. And having said that, we could expect it to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain like that of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which comes with a 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine. This would likely be paired with two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Here is the thing, there might be something about the packaging that might turn out to be problematic. And because of that, the Wrangler PHEV might actually feature its own setup. And if that is the case, it will likely still share most of the components of the Pacific Hybrid just like a lot of cars from FCA as part of their strategy to drive down costs related to development.
Because Manley did not say a lot during his talk, we are left here guessing whether the Jeep Wrangler will be sold exclusively in the United States, or even in other markets as well.
Under the hood of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be a mild hybrid setup that uses a turbocharged inline-four 2.0 liter with a belt starter generator and a 48-volt battery. With these guys working together, the Wrangler can carry out 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, where the engine is exclusively paired to an automatic transmission.
For those whose priority is fuel efficiency, there is a turbodiesel 3.0 liter V6 mill that is scheduled to arrive at a later model year, so we should not expect to see it soon. However, Motor Trend did say that it will have an estimated 30 miles per gallon rating on the highway. Right now, we have no idea whether we will see the fuel efficient model before or after the plug-in hybrid, but it is good news that Jeep is actually considering giving more options to customers when it comes to the powertrains.
We would like to know what your expectations are from the 2020 Jeep Wrangler? If not expectations, what changes would you like to be done to it in terms of design, and what features would you like it to have?