Jeep’s hybrid SUV portfolio will grow rapidly. In an interview with Motor Authority, Jeep brand head Jim Morrison discussed the future of Jeep powertrains. According to Morrison, Jeep’s focus lies on adding a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that gives customers the power and fuel economy they want. To demonstrate Jeep’s commitment to a hybrid-focused lineup, the top-of-the-line Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will receive a 4xe hybrid drivetrain in 2025.
In a Motor Authority interview, Morrison provided a very clear picture of the future of Jeep powertrains. Morrison told Motor Authority that the V8 is dead in Jeep performance, and there are no clear plans on how to continue with the Trackhawk nameplate.
Instead, the focus for Jeep is on expanding the 4xe nameplate. Morrison told Motor Authority that both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will receive a 4xe trim by 2025. When pressured by Motor Authority on which petrol engine would receive hybridization in the Wagoneer Morrison could not confirm. Based on speculation it’s clear that the 2.0-liter inline-4 used by the current Jeep 4xe may be a little small so there is hope that this trim will sport the new turbocharged inline-6 from Jeep. This arrangement has not been confirmed by Jeep.
When the Jeep Wrangler 4xe was introduced in September 2020, it showcased the future of the Jeep brand. The rigged Wrangler is still the reliable off-roader enthusiasts love, but now with the added benefit of instant electric torque and better fuel economy. The Wrangler 4xe is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 270 horsepower paired to two electric motors and a 400-volt, 17-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid system produces a total of 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-meters) of torque.
The success of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe has set its sights on the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, which now offers a 4xe trim that will debut in early 2022. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe uses the exact same power train as the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, which is more fuel efficient than the base V6 and torque from the optional V8.
The 4xe trim for the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will offer customers a more powerful and fuel-efficient SUV. Based on the success of the Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe, it looks like this winning formula will be a welcome addition to the Wagoneer lineup.