Jeep announces its electrification plan this week, and a plug-in hybrid Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe is part of it. Here is everything we know so far.
Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe
Jeep’s largest and most luxurious three-row SUV will be electrified with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Jeep’s Jim Morrison showed an early model of this SUV in this week’s “4xe Day” announcement. We know it will be a plug-in hybrid because the company shows a charger port door on the driver’s side front fender. This is approximately where the current Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in port is.
Jim says that the Grand Wagoneer 4xe will have a combined driving range of over 500 miles. It will be able to go from New York, NY to Toronto Ontario, Canada (about 480 miles, according to Google Maps) with one initial charge. The company does not specify anything else about this upcoming powertrain. By itself, the 500-mile range is not that impressive. Considering that this is a huge SUV that will also likely offer limited electric-only driving – it becomes much more attractive.
We can only speculate that Jeep will use a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 “Hurricane” engine and combine it with an electric motor and automatic transmission for lots of power and some all-electric driving range.
We have already tested the Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe which uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine as the basis for the hybrid system. This already results in 470 HP of combined power. The Grand Wagoneer hybrid has the potential to produce well in excess of 500 HP combined.
Will Ram offer a similar plug-in hybrid in their upcoming Ram 1500 trucks? We will have to wait and see what they say about this.