The announcement was made during the Wrangler's reveal in Los Angeles.
After months (if not years) of rumour and speculation, the all-new Jeep Wrangler has finally arrived in production form at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show where the company’s boss had an interesting announcement to make. Speaking during the reveal event, Mike Manley disclosed plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for 2019.
He refused to go into any specific details, but at least we do know for sure that the electrified Wrangler is in the works. One possibility is to adapt the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the US-only Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine teamed up with two electric motors and a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
However, packaging might turn out to be problematic, so don’t be too surprised if the Wrangler PHEV will feature its own setup with a slightly more sensible engine. If that was the case, it would still likely share many of the components with the Pacifica Hybrid as Jeep owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles tries to drive down costs with shared development.
Another piece of the puzzle is the model’s availability – we don’t know yet whether it will be sold merely in the United States or whether it is going to be offered in other markets as well.
The standard version of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available with a mild hybrid setup by employing a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that uses a belt-driven starter-generator and a 48V battery. Developing 268bhp and 295lb ft of torque, the engine is paired exclusively with an automatic transmission.
A 3-litre V6 diesel is also in the pipeline says Jeep, and it will arrive 'at a future model year' with an estimated 36mpg rating according to reports from the US. Of course, if it that's the alternative frugal option to the hybrid powertrain, perhaps it's best if Jeep doesn't sell the car in the UK.