Jeep Plug-in Hybrid Coming in 2020
A lot of things have been happening with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the last few months. Automotive brand Jeep® announced its five-year plan for the future of the lineup, automotive legend Sergio Marchionne passed away with Mike Manley taking over FCA, and then FCA decided to release their plans for going electric. The FCA Group has large plans, and in the near future, we’ll see hybrid and electric vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It would seem with Jeep, the automaker has already started to bare some fruit. In 2020, we may finally see the Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid.
A Jeep Wrangler hybrid possibility was first mentioned back in 2016, and then in 2017 Jeep said a Wrangler Hybrid could come out in 2020. Now it would seem the stars have aligned and the prophecy foretold is true – with the current shift in automotive production to green vehicles, key components for the PHEV Jeep will soon go into production at the Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio. Responsible for the Power Electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler plug-in, this machining plant will create, test, and then send successful modules to the Toledo Assembly Plant where the Wrangler PHEV will be put together. Residing in a protective structure between the exhaust and drive shaft, the Power Electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler PHEV is an on-board charger and DC/DC converter for fast charging).
Many of the specs are being kept under wraps, but with FCA having one successful plug-in hybrid already in their lineup, we think we know where the Wrangler plug-in hybrid is headed. Like the Maserati Levante Hybrid borrowing tech from Chrysler, Jeep may also get some powertrain specs from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. With the Wrangler powered by the same gasoline engine that powers the Pacifica plug-in, we can assume it may use the same 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine powertrain setup with the V6 and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. This won’t be the first introduction of hybrid components in the Jeep Wrangler though.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL was the first vehicle to debut with the mild-hybrid eTorque system from FCA. Able to offer hybrid functions like auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking, the Wrangler JL was possibly a test for the future PHEV variant. We can’t guess the driving distance for the Jeep Wrangler plug-in due to the difference in weight and size, but that’s why the Jeep will be a plug-in hybrid. Consumers can use the gasoline engine to get where they need to go and then switch on over to electric for maximum torque when going off road. It’s the best of both worlds.
FCA will most likely release more information about the Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid in 2019 as we get closer to the 2020 model year. Except to see some info pop up during auto shows. We’ll be sharing all news on Aventura CJDR social media, so be sure to follow us. Want to experience the difference hybrid technology can make? Check out the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or the new Jeep Wrangler JL today.