2020 JEEP WRANGLER PLUG-IN HYBRID REDESIGN, RELEASE DATE, PRICE, & SPY SHOTS – Jeep confirmed plans to develop a Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) last year and declared right now that the 54-year-outdated Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio will create the plug-in’s Power Electronic unit, install the appropriate software, and execute final testing just before the units are shipped off to the Toledo Assemblage Plant, where the Wrangler plug-in will likely be built.
The Power Electronics unit is comprised of the Power Inverter element and the Built-in Dual Charger unit, which includes both an onboard charger and a DC/DC converter. Jeep will mount the module in a safety framework under the SUV between the exhaust and drive shaft. Like generally plug-in vehicles, the electric motor (or motors) will provide additional power, increase fuel economy, and must provide a brief all-electric driving range.
Jeep has nevertheless to declare what gas engine will be utilized in the hybrid system, but it might be a 3.6-liter V-6 like the one used in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Currently, the Wrangler’s non-obligatory 2.0-liter turbo-four uses the automaker’s eTorque mild-hybrid system and delivers an EPA-rated 22/24 mpg city/highway in the four-door Unlimited model, and 23/25 mpg in the two-door. That’s a great advancement over the 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic combination which provides 18/23 mpg for each model.
The Wrangler plug-in is expected to launch in 2020 and is part of FCA’s responsibility to have 30 models with electrified powertrains by 2022. The Pacifica Hybrid is currently FCA’s only plug-in vehicle and is rated at 32/33 mpg with a 33-mile all-electric driving range. Off-roading silently on all-electric power probably doesn’t sound really alluring to your average Jeep customer, but the more power and fuel economy that the hybrid powertrain provides could develop the SUV’s appeal.