Jeep is going green with a hybrid variant of their new 2018 Wrangler JL and company boss Mike Manley has confirmed it himself.
Auto Express had a chance to interview Manley at the Geneva Motor Show and when asked directly if a hybrid was in the JL’s future, he said, “Yes. We have continued our studies on hybridisation for the Wrangler, and it’s a balance for us. Obviously there are loads of different hybrid technologies, from mild to 48v through to full battery-electric.”
We won’t be seeing a pure-EV model anytime soon as Jeep doesn’t want to leave Wrangler owners stuck without a way to charge their vehicles. “For the Wrangler you need to strike the right balance; we don’t want to do something that will leave you stranded on a hillside. So for me, full battery EV is not a great fit,” said Manley.
“But hybridisation works well with the brand because of the attributes that come with electric equipment – not just the torque, but also the control.” There’s also the benefit of increasing fuel economy if a 48V electrical system is taking care of the ever-increasing demand for more electrical devices.
Some may be worried about an increase on overall body weight due to the additional batteries and motors, but the change shouldn’t be too dramatic as the new Wrangler will be put on a diet whilst still maintaining its structural robustness.
We may have to wait for the Wrangler JL’s official debut to hear more on the matter.