An Insider‘s Guide to the Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid

Part classic off-roader, part high-tech electric vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe takes an icon of adventure travel into the 21st century. This plug-in hybrid keeps the Wrangler‘s go-anywhere attitude while adding instant torque, smooth quiet operation and a real-world taste of an electrified future.

Let‘s explore what makes the 4xe special for new buyers and Wrangler loyalists alike. We‘ll cover key specs, get insider views of its capabilities, and discuss important ownership considerations. You‘ll finish this guide informed and empowered as a potential Wrangler 4xe owner!

Powertrain and Performance

The 4xe powertrain generators 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft torque from its paired 2.0L turbo I4 gasoline engine and dual electric motor-generators. This allows acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Tap the EV mode button, and you‘ll access over 20 miles of silent electric range from the 17 kWh, 96-cell nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery.

Let‘s visualize some key electric motor specs:

Electric Motor 1 Stats

Electric Motor 2 Stats

Integrating the high-voltage electrical system required special adaptations to protect occupants and gear in an open-air vehicle vulnerable to water and impacts. The battery casing uses securing plates and waterproofing seals borrowed from submarine tech to keep juice flowing.

So how does this combination of classic and cutting-edge tech actually perform?

"The instant torque from the hybrid system makes easy work of rocks, ruts and steep inclines," says Emily Pritchard, an avid overlander who uses her 4xe for remote desert and mountain adventures. "I can stealthily explore deeper into the wilderness before the gas engine announces my presence. The kick you get flattening the pedal to pass or merge onto the highway reminds you that this beefy truck carries some serious muscle!"

Charging Considerations

The 4xe isn‘t just capable on pavement and trails. It actually expands eco-friendly overlanding range when you factor in the growing charger network near remote off-roading locations.

Charge Time from 0-100%Charger Type
12 hours120V AC wall outlet charging cable (included)
2 hours240V level 2 charger (separate purchase)

At $700 plus professional installation fees, the home Level 2 charger requires major investment. But conserving 10 hours recharging for every overlanding trip can pay off long-term. Public DC fast charging is unavailable on the 4xe.

Range figures may dip in frigid winter temps. Cold weather cuts EV range on all EVs, and the 4xe shuts off EV mode entirely under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you overland across snowy high country, keep the gas tank topped up!

Ownership Economics

There’s no skipping around it: the Wrangler 4xe commands a premium price. At over $15,000 more than the entry level gas Wrangler Sport, is it worth stretching your budget?

Let’s run some numbers for a 5-year ownership outlook:

ComparisonWrangler 4xeWrangler Sport V6
Base MSRP$54,700$29,995
Fuel Economy49 MPGe16 city / 20 hwy MPG
Est. Fuel Costs 5 Years$5,850$18,250
Fed. Tax Credit-$7,500$0
Total Savings$11,900N/A

The fuel and tax incentives help offset the initial splurge. And if adventure travel is your lifestyle, this PHEV lets you chase vistas with fewer fill-ups. That means more days far beyond civilization’s din – a value no dollar figure captures for die-hard overlanders.

Parting Thoughts

The Wrangler 4xe entwines an icon with modern tech,QUER much like Jeep brands past and present. Its plug-in hybrid system provides a balance of utility that upgrades off-grid exploration. Instant electric torque combined with charging infrastructure expanding into the backcountry unlocks new potential for sustainable adventure.

If you’re tempted to join this fusion of old school grit with new school flash, then the 4xe welcomes you into the wilderness, whisper-quiet…at least until the trails get hairy. Once you air down the tires and disconnect the sway bars it’s just you, the rocks and ridges, with electrified power propelling your expedition even deeper off the grid.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m happy to chat 4xes anytime.

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