The Jeep Wrangler is definitely following the latest automotive trends. Well, at least some of them. The hard-core off-road SUV, which comes in the form of a pickup truck as well, is going to use some electricity in the near future. According to the newest reports and judging by the spy shots, the highly popular nameplate is featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain beneath the hood.
Where’s The Charging Port?
Yes, the testing prototype is actually the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV. As you may see, the vehicle has no charging port anywhere around, so it has to be under the thin camouflage that covers fenders and a small part of the hood. Since it is using its usual solid axels, the Wrangler can’t get a similar drivetrain as the Renegade or Compass PHEVs. Instead, the automaker will most probably ask for help from Chrysler. In case you’ve forgotten, the car manufacturer offers a piece of work called the Pacifica minivan which has been using a setup which will definitely be a perfect match for the Wrangler plug-in hybrid.
Chrysler Pacifica’s Drivetrain For The Wrangler PHEV
It’s a 260-hp powertrain that employs a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a pair of electric motors. You might be thinking that there’s not enough power down there, but that’s not the case at all as the powertrain has instantly available electric torque. By using its EV mode, the minivan gets a combined 84 MPGe and manages to travel 33 miles before the V6 takes the wheel again. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV will not be able to cross the same path though. The off-road champ has to have a shorter electric range due to extra weight and boxy design, so we think it’s going to be able to cross up to 25 miles at most.
The 2021 Wrangler PHEV is definitely going to be available with the four-door Unlimited SUV model. However, at this point, we can’t say whether the two-door variant is getting the “green” power or not, so stay tuned for updates.