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

  1. Sean L

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    lol the last Manual Transmission hybrid was a Honda Civic from 15 years ago that only sold a handful. My old housemate had one and while I never drove it the best I could tell it drove more like an ESS vehicle rather than a full hybrid.
     
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    The Honda CRZ was a hybrid with a manual transmission. It was sold for a few years in the early 2010s.

    I'm a MT fan as well but EV/ PHEVs can be fun in their own way. Maximizing range/ efficiency becomes a bit of a game. Got to figure out when to coast, when to use regenerative braking. My volt had a steering wheel mounted paddle to trigger regen braking. In traffic, I'd hardly need to use the brake pedal.

    It added a layer of (optional) driver involvement that you don't get with just a plain automatic. That car was great in traffic. With the instant torque of the electric motor it was deceptively fast.

    I think the wrangler would make for a pretty good PHEV. It would be significantly more efficient for most people's short commutes and has the freedom / "unlimited" range of a gas motor.

    Another perk of the Plug-in was that it would cool/heat the cabin off the electrical outlet using the "remote start" feature. In winter it would melt the snow off the windows pretty quickly and bring the cabin to a comfortable temperature before you'd even sit in it without wasteful idling.

    If I can't shift my own gears, I'd gladly take the instant torque of an EV over a traditional automatic (or worse, a CVT)
     
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    I forgot about the CR-Z and how it had a manual option.
     
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    You’re spot on. The European and Chinese regulations require a 50 km (31 mile) PHEV. FCA may seem late to the EV party (although the Pacifica PHEV is really good), but if you look at their roadmap, they seem to be offering many more plug-in models than GM or Ford. Hopefully those Chinese and Europe-bound Jeep PHEVs will come here to the US. It’s a bit disappointing when Ford announces they’ll build a PHEV Explorer in Chicago, but only sell it in the EU. Guess that’s more of a market for a PHEV Jeep Grand Cherokee/PHEV Wagoneer here.
     
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    This may getting off-topic, but the Lincoln equivalent of the Explorer is supposed to be PHEV in the states. Lincoln isn't sold in Europe so that's why it will be marketed there as a Ford.
     
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    I won't complain. It's disappointing because I would be a perfect candidate for a PHEV (12-mile commute with free 4-hour charger at work). But I totally understand why this type of system should be automatic-only.
     
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    Can’t wait to see what Jeep shows at the LA Auto Show. At a minimum, they said the PHEV Wrangler will debut. There was announcement today about the PHEV Renegade, which at this point is Europe-only.
     
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    Isn’t this suppose to be coming out soon? Any new info? @JlEngineline
     
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    Just curious if it " may " be available in the 2.0T as well
    Wishful hoping I guess
     
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    That thing looks like it just had a colostomy. I want that feature.

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    Finally being revealed sometime at ces 2020 Jan 7-10th Vegas
     
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