Jeep adds plug-in hybrid value with Wrangler Willys 4xe, Special Edition Grand Cherokee 4xe

At the 2022 Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday, Jeep showed off two additions to its 4xe plug-in hybrid family. While they don’t upset efficiency, plug-in range, or performance significantly, if at all, they both offer a bit more value.

Both models contribute to a range of plug-in hybrids that are an important complement to the brand’s move to electric vehicles. Jeep is aiming for an all-electric lineup for Europe by 2030, while half of its sales by then will be electric vehicles in the United States, including the Wagoneer S and Recon which were among the electric vehicles that the brand premiered last week.

Most of that other half for the US may well be plug-in hybrids.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe

Wrangler Willys 4xe

The 2023 Wrangler Willys 4xe, which will begin arriving for deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2022, is now the entry price point for the Wrangler 4xe lineup. The Willys 4xe costs $55,590, including the $1,595 destination charge. Before the Willys was introduced, the base price of the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe was $56,855, more than $7,000 more than its original price for 2021, so the new model cuts $1,265 the current price. Above the Sahara, the Wrangler 4xe remains available in Rubicon and High Altitude versions.

Willys 4xe features include everything you’ll need for serious off-road capability, with full-time 4WD, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, off-road tires and a factory suspension lift kit for 10, 1 inch total ground clearance and 30 inch wading range. It also includes a premium 9-speaker Alpine audio system, rock rails and limited-slip rear differential, and with a sun and screen package, it adds a one-touch power roof and screen infotainment. 8.4 inch touch screen. In appearance, it gets a Willys decal on the hood with electric blue tow hooks, a black grille and 17-inch black-painted wheels.

Willys specs are essentially the same as current versions of the Wrangler 4xe. This means the Wrangler 4xe gets a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 44 hp motor-generator, along with a larger traction engine with 134 hp and 198 lb-ft. In total, the powertrain develops 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. In the Wrangler, it travels 21 EPA miles all-electric, according to Jeep, and after using plug-in charging from its 17.3 kWh battery, it gets 20 mpg combined.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition with 1993 Grand Cherokee

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition with 1993 Grand Cherokee

Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary

Jeep already has another plug-in hybrid in its US lineup – the Grand Cherokee 4xe – and it’s using this version to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this longtime favorite family SUV.

Jeep claims to have sold more than seven million Grand Cherokees in three decades, and while it’s the Wrangler that’s taken the biggest step into Jeep’s electric future so far, it’s the Grand Cherokee that has helped give the brand the expanded identity it has today.

The Grand Cherokee 4xe has essentially a transplant of the same powertrain – engine, motors, battery and all – from the Wrangler 4xe, delivering a combined 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque here as well. In the much more luxurious Grand Cherokee, it achieves 25 all-electric miles according to Jeep, and after using the charge it gets 23 miles combined, for a total range of 470 miles.

The 30th Anniversary Edition is a package that can be added to the Grand Cherokee 4xe. For $4,700 it adds black Capri leather seats, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and a 10.1-inch infotainment system with navigation plus Apple Carplay and wireless Android Auto. Rain-sensing wipers, a digital rear-view mirror, a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking assistance are also present.

On the outside, the 4xe 30th Anniversary has a blacked-out look with blue tow hooks, dual exhaust, double-glazed sunroof, body-color lower cladding and black 20-inch wheels.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe

All eligible for EV tax credit

At least for now — through the end of the year, and possibly beyond — both Jeep 4xe models are eligible for the revamped full $7,500 EV tax credit. last month.

Adding the Willys can only be a good thing for the Wrangler 4xe. It’s the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the US market, even beating the highly sought-after Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Last week, Jeep confirmed that a Grand Wagoneer 4xe plug-in hybrid is on the way, with a target of 500 miles combined from a full charge and a full tank of gas. For this model, specs, lineup, efficiency, tax credit eligibility and all other details are yet to come.

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