Jeep Wrangler 4xe Lands on WardsAuto 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems List
The awards are just going to keep coming as the year gets ever closer to the end. Publications and organizations of all kinds are putting together their “Best of” lists for models, tech, interior, and powertrains in the automotive industry. One well-known name that consumers may know is WardsAuto. No stranger to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA; Stellantis) brands, with the 2019 Ram 1500 named on the 2018 WardsAuto Best Interiors List and the Pentastar V6 with eTorque on the WardsAuto 10 Best Engines List. Now, WardsAuto returns for the Jeep® Wrangler 4xe and its 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems List.
“The all-new 400-volt plug-in hybrid system makes the Jeep Wrangler 4xe a whole lot more efficient and it compromises nothing on the trail, in its rugged, off-road element…And on the highway, you need to really pay attention to notice when the 4-cylinder turbo shuts down and you’re sailing along in battery-electric mode. The Jeep Wrangler has always been about crossing difficult terrain to enjoy the great outdoors. With the Wrangler 4xe, Jeep loyalists can feel good about helping preserve the great outdoors as well.” – Tom Murphy, WardsAuto Managing Editor
Launched earlier this year, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the first of the Jeep 4xe series to become available with a global release, unlike the Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe, currently only available in Europe. It’s what they call a “business move”. We know there are plenty of Jeepers in the US that love the Wrangler, with many of them willing to try out a plug-in hybrid of their favorite Jeep model. So, introducing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to the Jeep lineup starts with the breadwinner of the bunch when it comes to the North American market. We’ll surely see more plug-in models as the years go by. After all, the automaker promised an electrified variant of every model with the Jeep five-year roadmap, which concludes December 31, 2022.
So far, we’ve only seen half of the models, not counting the all-new Grand Cherokee L or the Wagoneer twins. A Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe was spotted on the roads in the spring (2021), and Jeep has claimed an all-electric vehicle will be added to the lineup soon enough, but the latter not until 2023. Right now, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available, and within a short time since it arrived on dealership lots, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe became the No. 1 selling PHEV in the United States for the second quarter of 2021, with 25-percent of all Jeep Wrangler units being built with the 4xe propulsion system in place of the original internal combustion engine. That goes to show the popularity of the 4xe SUV, in the states and on a global scale, with the major markets being the United States, Canada, Europe, and China.
Stateside, consumers can get the Jeep Wrangler 4xe with the following trims – Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe on the Sahara starts at $51,025 (plus destination fee). Don’t fret – the 4xe models are also eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit – that’s $7500 less to pay in taxes for that year.
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