The Jeep Wrangler is going electric.


Sure, the Jeep brand is more commonly associated with offroading, tackling anything and everything that Mother Nature throws its way. Second to none in terms of performance, safety and style, Jeeps have always had a degree of rugged functionality and refined comfort you can’t find with any other brand. But it’s 2020, gasoline-electric hybrids are all the rage, and so it’s no surprise that Jeep has decided to join the plug-in party.


While all of the powertrain details aren’t yet available for this new gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid, it is highly likely that instant-on torque you can achieve with electric motor-assist will make the Wrangler even more formidable than it already is. An added bonus is that any Jeep hybrid will use considerably less gas than its traditional counterparts.


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The European models of the Renegade and the Compass were debuted last year, at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, and they give us an indication of what the 2020 North American rollout will look like. Both European vehicles use a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but with the electric boost that comes along with the hybrid component, the system’s total output of horsepower increases up to 240. This means that, for the European Renegade model at least, you can go from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds. 


It’s likely that there will need to be some adjustments made for the Wrangler, which is a larger and heavier variant. According to some rumors, the Wrangler 3.6-liter V6 engine will work with a pair of electric motors over the rear wheels to deliver supercharged torque. The batteries in these new Jeep models are quite robust, with the European models of the Renegade and Compass plug-in able to drive up to 50 kilometers at speeds up to 130 kph on electricity alone.


As far as the look goes, it might be hard to tell the traditional Jeeps from the hybrid plug-in variants, with only an extra flap for the charging port and the “4xe” emblem out back indicating the difference between them. The interior design is not likely to face a full overhaul, and much of the technology (such as the touchscreen system) will be designed specifically for the hybrids.


While the three SUVs will go on sale during the 2021 model year, you should expect to hear more announcements from the brand in the coming years on the electric front, as Jeep has already pledged to offer every nameplate in its range with some kind of electrified drivetrain (whether that drivetrain is a hybrid or a fully-electric version) by 2022.


 While the team at Abbotsford Chrysler don’t have these models in stock at the moment, you can bet that they will be available to test drive for interested buyers at some point in the relatively near future. Chysler plans to introduce this gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid to American showrooms before the end of 2020, so there’s a good chance that Canadians in and around the Abbotsford area will be able to see one of the three gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid variants of Jeep (the Wrangler, the Renegade and the Compass), all slated to wear the 4xe nameplate, at some point in 2021. 


In the meantime, the family-owned and operated dealership in Abbotsford has a number of new 2020 Jeeps available right now, offering the Cherokee Trailhawk, Cherokee Sport, and Compass Sport at prices ranging from $29,000 up to $46,000, depending on the model. 


And for a different, upgraded experience, Abbotsford Chrysler also has great deals on the four-door 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4×4 Crew Cab and 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S 4×4 Crew Cab, available at reduced prices during the the 4X4 Winter Event Sale, which ends on March 2nd


Come down to Abbotsford Chrysler to check out these Jeep offerings and more, including other new vehicle choices like the Grand Cherokee Laredo, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, Wrangler Sport, Wrangler Unlimited Sport, and Jeep Cherokee Limited Edition. 


The rugged capability of any of these Jeeps is a good choice, allowing you to travel off the beaten path with ease, all while sitting comfortably in a luxury interior that provides a level of tech beyond what you might expect from a traditional SUV.