First sighting of 2020 Jeep JL Wrangler PHEV Plug-In Hybrid!

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Our photographers have just spotted the PHEV (plug in hybrid) Jeep JL Wrangler in testing. The camouflage hiding this JL's fenders cover exactly where the electric charge port will be located. Although both fenders are camouflaged, previous rumors indicate that the charge port is located on the driver's side fender.

Electric Range

While following this prototype, our photographer observed it driving in pure EV mode (all-electric mode, without using the gasoline engine) for approximately 25 minutes before turning on its engine. How much all-electric range the PHEV Jeep Wrangler will achieve is not yet announced, but as a reference point of what to expect -- the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid manages 32 miles of all-electric range before reverting back to the engine. And just days ago, FCA also announced upcoming PHEV versions of the Renegade and Compass which will achieve 31 miles of all-electric range.

Powertrain

What also remains unknown is which powertrain the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV will use - the 3.6L Pentastar V6 (used in the Pacifica Hybrid) or the 2.0L turbo 4 cylinder engine.

Production / Launch Date

On a recent earnings call, FCA mentioned a January 2020 on-sale date for the PHEV Jeep Wrangler, which means production would start in the second half of this year. Indeed, according to our inside sources, the shutdown of the plant to retool for PHEV Wrangler is currently scheduled occur from April 18 to May 13.

Gladiator Grille

Interestingly, this prototype also wears the Jeep Gladiator grille, which features larger grille openings to allow for more cooling.


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Not sure how I feel about this, but interesting.
 

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We had a hybrid Wrangler at work. I'll admit it seemed pretty strange when it silently backed away from me.
 

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It has the European led lights in the back, but the rest of the config is US: mirrors without side markers, high fenders, steel bumpers.

It has the gladiator grip without the front cámara. The radiator behind the grill seems different.
It bet the PHEV will mate with the 2.0L.

I wander what the extra weight would be though? Can someone check comparing Pasificas with and without please? They are not available in Europe.
 

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An electric jeep just doesn't do anything for me. 32 mile range? Stupid. This system is only added to try and meet fuel mileage requirements. A bunch of junk added complicating the entire jeep for nothing. Internal combustion for ever!
 

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Looks pretty cool, and it looks like even the Rubicon will get the Hybrid drivetrain. This might be worth looking into when its released.
 

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Looks pretty cool, and it looks like even the Rubicon will get the Hybrid drivetrain. This might be worth looking into when its released.
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If I ever get reincarnated into an electric jeep, please take me out to the desert and light me on fire so that I can have another try at being something cool.
 

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Ah whats the matter? Afraid of getting more than 15 MPG? :giggle:
Yes. In fact, just ordered some pavement pounding, American V8 muscle to compliment our gas swilling his and hers Wranglers. I will ride a horse before driving a hybrid or electric vehicle. Fossil fuels forever!
 

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Yes. In fact, just ordered some pavement pounding, American V8 muscle to compliment our gas swilling his and hers Wranglers. I will ride a horse before driving a hybrid or electric vehicle. Fossil fuels forever!
lol, Going Amish on us?

While I do appreciate a good V8, as I had a Ram 1500 Hemi and a Mustang GT before my current set of vehicles, I just got tired of constantly hitting up the gas stations. When it came time to get a new vehicle, fuel economy improvements were a factor... the JL was a good bump up that ladder and it really is nice getting more than the 16 MPG the ram was getting. Had the 2.0 been available at the time I would have gotten that one, but be that as it may I do like my 3.6. My next Jeep will have one of these new drivetrains, and will still go off road, in addition to my daily driving.

Edit: For you old fashioned types... There's at least one coal fired steam Jeep out there for you to buy :giggle:

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