Early EV adopters paid a hefty premium for the precise to say “they bought it first.” Tesla, for example, did not launch its budget-friendly Model 3 till six years after the luxurious flagship Model S made its debut. New 48-volt gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid tech has adopted the exact same development, usually ending up in pricier variations of a given mannequin. The BMW X5 xDrive45e, for example, is the most costly X5 you should purchase exterior of the M-branded efficiency fashions. Ditto the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in. Jeep is following a lot the identical development with the new Wrangler 4xe, and putting it close to the tippy prime of the already dear Wrangler lineup.
The plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe will likely be accessible in two of the Wrangler’s nicer trims—both Sahara or Rubicon, and each will likely be accessible as “Launch Editions.” This leaves the door open for the 4xe remedy to be utilized to lesser, extra reasonably priced fashions sooner or later. The Sahara mannequin will begin at $49,490 earlier than an accessible $7,500 federal tax credit score is utilized (a daily Sahara begins at $40,755 with a gasoline V-6 engine). The off-road prepared Rubicon 4xe is priced from $53,190, however the identical $7,500 tax credit score is relevant there, too. Just like the Sahara, the Rubicon 4xe prices way more than its gasoline sibling, which begins at $43,710.
Which means pre-incentives, the Wrangler 4xe Rubicon carries the very best base worth of any Wrangler you should purchase, the Excessive Altitude trim included. In fact, fiddling round with the assorted engine choices on the Rubicon and Excessive Altitude absolutely could make them pricier than the 4xe Rubicon, however nonetheless.
Whereas we count on the Rubicon 4xe’s bragging proper, equivalent to it’s, to be one-upped once the eight-cylinder Wrangler 392 arrives on the scene next year, it is nonetheless a really fairly penny certainly. That mentioned, you do get plenty of package in change to your hard-earned money. The electrified 2.0-liter turbocharged I-Four makes 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Jeep says that it’ll take automotive of the 0-60 dash in 6 seconds flat. That, in accordance with our check numbers, would make it the quickest factory Wrangler ever, and by a margin of effectively over a second, too. Once more, that is earlier than we issue within the V-8-powered Wrangler 392 . . .
Different customary niceties embody 20-inch wheels, leather-based seats, led lighting, an 8.4-inch infotainment show, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system, and Dana 44 HD extensive axles on the Sahara mannequin. The Rubicon will get all of the aforementioned goodies, however the Selec-Trac 4WD system is swapped for a extra heavy-duty, 4:1 Rock-Trac full-time 4WD system. You additionally get blue stickers and blue tow hooks on the surface simply so everybody is aware of you are driving one thing electrified.
In keeping with Jeep, Wrangler 4xe fashions will hit dealerships by March of 2021.