The legendary SUV has always been a synonym for a rough ride. Excellent off-road characteristics and rugged design are its main points, but it looks like it’s time to think about efficiency as well. There are many reports that suggest 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid is in a testing phase. We did see a test mule recently, but it’s hard to conclude that it’s about an electrified version, considering the heavy camouflage. The current model already comes with a mild-hybrid eTorque system, but this should be something much bigger. We count on a genuine plug-in hybrid, with much more power and much bigger batter.
Most reports suggest it would be a similar system to one that powers Chrysler Pacifica, with certain modifications of course. Other than a new powertrain, we don’t expect that the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV will be much different compared to the rest of the lineup.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Specs
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind about 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid is the powertrain. The current model already comes with a so-called eTorque mild hybrid system, but that system primarily serves to improve fuel economy, while the power boost is minimal.
On the other side, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid is expected to come with powerful electric motors and a large battery pack. The system that powers Pacifica features a total output of 260 horsepower. It is based on a V6 engine and features a 16kWh battery pack. Fuel economy goes around 32 mpg in a combined ride, while an all-electric range goes around 33 miles. Given the Wrangler’s design, these numbers would probably be notably lower. This SUV is heavier than Pacifica and also doesn’t feature some spectacular aerodynamics. Therefore, a bigger battery pack makes perfect sense in this case. A power boost is also possible.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Design
When it comes to the overall design, we don’t believe that the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid will feature any particular difference compared to standard models. This refers both to mechanics and aesthetics. Due to a battery pack, the new model will be heavier, while we might also see a little bit lower ground clearance, considering the battery pack. This may compromise off-road performances, but there’s no doubt that the Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid will still be a highly capable machine.
Visually, we might see a couple of details that emphasize the model’s electrified character. This includes things like wheels design and similar details. On the other side, the overall look will remain pretty much the same. One of the things we should mention is that the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid will probably come in a four-door version, known as the Unlimited.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Interior
The same thing goes for interior design. Considering that we are expecting a four-door version only, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid should be quite spacious on the inside. Besides two comfortable rows of seats, this version is also pretty generous in terms of the cargo space. The gasoline model is good for about 32 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the overall cargo volume goes up to 72 cubic feet. Given the battery pack, these numbers will probably be smaller in the new versions.
The dashboard of this SUV looks very nice. It combines modern design solutions with a classical SUV design, which means that the model somehow looks stylish and rugged at the same time. Of course, this model should come with a couple of revisions on the dashboard, though the overall layout will remain pretty much the same.
When it comes to standard equipment, it is still unclear which exact features will find the place on the list. The current entry-level model already comes with a decent amount of tech features, as there are things like a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, eight speakers, push-button start, and cruise control. We presume that the Jeep Wrangler 2021 Plug-In Hybrid will come with a couple of additions, such as a bigger touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto etc.
When it comes to safety features, we hope that the new version will be more generous in terms of standard equipment. The current gasoline model comes with a rearview camera only, while the list of optional features includes things like blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. It would be nice to see some of these things on the list of standard equipment.
Release Date and Price
The latest reports suggest that the new model will hit the market sometime in 2020. When it comes to the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid price, some rough estimation would go around 45.000 dollars.