TURIN -- Jeep has added a third plug-in hybrid model to its European lineup with the five-door Wrangler 4xe, which will replace gasoline and diesel versions of the large four-wheel-drive SUV.
The gasoline engine has CO2 emissions of 252 grams per km, compared with 79 g/km for the plug-in hybrid. The Wrangler 4xe appeared in European showrooms in June, with a starting price of 69,500 euros (Germany).
The decision does not affect the UK, where Jeep will continue to sell a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline version of the Wrangler, as there is no right-hand-drive variant of the 4xe planned for the moment.
A European diesel version was discontinued this year.
"I don't think this choice will have a negative impact on our sales," said Antonella Bruno, head of the Jeep brand for the enlarged Europe region at Stellantis. “The electrification of our models is a decision that is consistent with our plans. Even the Grand Cherokee luxury SUV, which will arrive by the end of the year, will have a 4xe plug-in [hybrid] version," Bruno added.
Jeep's other two European models, the small Renegade and compact Compass, received plug-in hybrid options last year and are selling well. Jeep said that plug-in hybrid versions accounted for 31 percent of Compass demand in Italy through May.
The Wrangler 4xe's main powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 279 hp. There are two electric motors. A generator mounted at the front replaces the conventional alternator and provides extra torque and manages the stop-start system, and a second motor is mounted ahead of the transmission, replacing the torque converter. Total power is 380 hp.
Jeep says the electric-only range is 50 km (31 miles) from a 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack under the second-row seats. A full charge takes three hours with a 7.4 kWh wallbox.
Top speed is 156 kph (97 mph) for the Rubicon version or 177 kph for the Sahara version without off-road tires, and 0 to 100 kph takes 6.4 seconds.