As production of the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe has just started, the plug-in hybrid version of the iconic American 4×4, we discover this week that the company will soon be presenting a fully electric Wrangler… in concept form.
You may have seen the Jeep ad during Sunday’s Super Bowl. This referred to a new product campaign called “The Road Ahead”. Well, on the website that talks about it, the company shows a short video in which the silhouette of a Wrangler appears.
A message accompanies it all saying that an electric Wrangler concept will be unveiled during the traditional spring classic Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah (March 27 to April 4, 2021).
Yes, Jeep has a habit of showcasing fanciful and widely modified concepts at this event, but in this case, expect the Wrangler in question to reflect a lot on the future production model that will be made.
The Jeep video also reveals the platform and engine of this electric Wrangler. Unlike the norm for this kind of vehicle, there is not a single large battery that hogs the entire floor, but rather a few battery modules linked together and attached to the existing frame. Additionally, there appears to be only one electric motor mounted up front, but attached to a transmission system that distributes power to all four wheels.
Will this be the strategy used by Jeep for its electric Wrangler? We will undoubtedly know it during the Easter Jeep Safari.
And when it comes to performance, it’s likely to be even better than the current Wrangler. Last May, Jeep was talking about possibilities like controlling the speed and direction of each wheel individually, which would be a huge advantage in terms of maneuverability and off-road grip.
In video: Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid system explained (in English)