Jeep, produced by Stellantis, has seen a large change in growth in terms of EV offerings coming to the Jeep brand. Jeep has plans to launch a 4xe version of every single vehicle by 2025, with the Grand Cherokee 4xe debuting in 2022. Jeep’s actions have gotten them a step ahead of their competitors in the EV segment that remains a growing option among shoppers. Despite electric vehicles not sitting on top of the list for sales, consumers are now examining their choices.
PHEVs, EVs, both fully electric and mild-hybrids have paved the way for this electrified evolution that has guided Jeep to enter 2022 with a strong push for consumers. Thanks to all of the perks these vehicles have going for them, the Jeep brand is earning fantastic reviews. The 4xe trim is the most proficient Jeep Wrangler, and it will be offered for its entire line-up by 2025.
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid that went on sale this year and already accounts for nearly 25% of Jeep’s volume, makes 375 horsepower and has an EPA fuel economy of 49 MPGe (miles per gasoline gallon equivalent, including electricity). Drivers get 21 miles of electric-only driving range when the 14.0-kWh lithium-ion battery is charged. Underneath the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The Wrangler 4xe outsold the Prius in the first quarter of 2021 and is now the No. 1 PHEV in the country. The Grand Cherokee 4xe arrives next year.
“The 4xe could make Jeep die-hards change their mind about leaving [internal combustion engines],” Meunier said. “When you drive electric Jeeps you fall in love with them. A lot of torque is awesome for off-road driving. It’s cool to be green,” the CEO stated.
Excellent Fuel Efficiency & Greater Power
Electrification will be the main focus of Jeep’s future. The EPA fuel economy assessments of the brand-new Rubicon 392, the most potent Wrangler with a tough 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 engine that makes 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque, delivers 17 highway mpg. Jeep also brought back its beloved Wagoneer and created the first-ever Jeep Grand Wagoneer to compete in the luxury three-row SUV class. On top of that, Meunier and his team are targeting motorists in key markets such as China, Europe, and Latin America to expand Jeep’s consumer base. Two-thirds of Jeep’s global vehicle sales are produced by North America.
“There is a very big product offensive across the globe, reliance on North America is getting less and less every day, The 392 is more of a niche market — 3% of total Wrangler sales. So very limited in volume and very exclusive. Our vision is really to be the zero-emission freedom brand and we have a plan to get there. It’s clearly a commitment to say we’re the greenest SUV brand in the world. Twenty-five percent of our sales in the U.S. are 4xe,” Meunier said.
Jeep’s goal is to become more efficient in the way their vehicles are built. Creating EV’s that limit greenhouse gas emissions helps Jeep stay true to being the green company that they are.
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