With the industry’s push towards electrification and hybridization, it’s really no surprise to hear that Jeep is jumping on the bandwagon with a hybrid version of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Though no release date has yet been provided, Autocar was told that an electric hybrid variant is already under development.
Why not go full electric you ask?
“A full battery-electric-vehicle Wrangler is not relevant. We can’t strand one of our vehicles on a remote mountain side,” said Jeep CEO Michael Manley.
So a fuel sipping electric hybrid it is, and the Wrangler JL will be Jeep’s first model fitted with a hybrid powertrain. Nothing specific has been mentioned beyond their plans to ultimately release the Wrangler hybrid, but rumor has it the small electric motor with battery pack may be paired with a four-cylinder soft turbo-petrol engine.
This isn’t the first time Jeep has forayed into the world of hybrids as they have revealed an electric-drive prototype model back in 2008. The model just never made it to production, perhaps because the market back then wasn’t ready for one.
Whatever the reason, fuel conscious Wrangler fans will be happy to know that a hybrid model is on the way.