During the presentation for the Wrangler JL, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley revealed the automaker plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the SUV for the 2020 model year. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a hybrid Wrangler, but it’s the first time an FCA exec has openly acknowledged such a product is in the pipeline.
Jeep has declined to elaborate on the plug-in Wrangler, but a look at other products in Fiat Chrysler’s portfolio gives us a rough idea of what to expect. While it would make sense for the hybrid vehicle to use the less thirsty 2.0-liter engine, Fiat Chrysler already has a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The minivan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with an Atkinson cycle, which is joined by an electric motor and a 16 kWh battery providing 33-miles of pure electric range.
Whatever’s in store for this plug-in Jeep, we’ll still have to wait a couple of years before we see it. For now, consumers will likely be more than happy with the Wrangler JL and its three different powertrains.
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