After the arrival of the new-generation Wrangler, the Jeep’s iconic off-road SUV is getting all set to receive “green” treatment. The information is not new, though. No, the possibility had been hinted over a year ago, so it was simply a matter of time when and where the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV is going to be seen. The day is today, as our professional photographer caught the very first model of the Wrangler plug-in hybrid while it was having a look at its new abilities.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Spy Shots
The fact to be told, the testing model does not offer any real proof that we are checking out the 2021 Wrangler PHEV. Still, the guys that caught the SUV in the action claim that it was running in EV mode. Also, the camouflage might be hiding a charging port somewhere at the SUV’s sides. Otherwise, the thin vinyl twisting around fenders and hood would not be needed at all.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Engine
It’s essential to state that the car manufacturer will not have huge issues around the implementation of a PHEV powertrain. No, because the Wrangler is getting a familiar setup without any doubt. Don’t want to see Renegade’s drivetrain. Instead, the iconic off-roader is going to borrow Pacifica’s technology. We are sure about this matter given that the prototype reveals both solid axles front and rear, and that leaves out any other possibility.
As you probably understand, the Chrysler Pacific Hybrid is fitted with a Pentastar V6 engine. The popular 260-hp 3.6-liter mill is readily available under the hood of the Wrangler currently, so the car manufacturer has nearly a done offer here. It needs simply to add an eFlite electrically variable transmission that hosts two motors making 84 and 114 hp, as well as a 16-kWh battery, and voilà, the job is done. Although Chrysler’s minivan manages to travel approximately 33 miles without interfering of its internal usage engine, that’s not going to hold with the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV. No, this one has much heavier bones so that it may be restricted to around 25 miles.
2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Release Date
According to our experts, the 2021 Wrangler PHEV will end up being offered sometime next year. So far, we have no idea just how much is going to cost the “green” off-roader, but we think it has to cost a minimum of $10K more than the entry-point model.