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96 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2020 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ybrid vehicles continue to become more commonplace in the specialty aftermarket with the introduction of an electric Jeep Wrangler model. The new Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be avail- able in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021, according to the company, joining the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models, which arrived in Europe earlier this summer. The new Jeep 4xe models follow the introduction of the Jeep Grand Com- mander PHEV in China last year. "Our Jeep 4xe vehicles will be the most effi- cient, responsible and capable that the brand has ever created," said Christian Meunier, global president of Jeep Brand - FCA. "We are committed to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand. The electrification of the Jeep lineup will allow commuters to travel solely on elec- tric power, delivering an efficient and fun on-road experience and offering an ability to enjoy even more Jeep capability off-road in nearly complete silence." The Wrangler 4xe's plug-in hybrid pow- ertrain is capable of up to 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propulsion. An advanced powertrain provides a unique on- and off-road experience through the combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, a high-tech 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine and a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The advanced powertrain maximizes effi- ciency with an estimated 50 mpg equivalent (MPGe) while eliminating range anxiety, delivering pure-electric operation for most daily commutes, according to the company. BATTERY PACK SAVES SPACE The Jeep Wrangler 4xe's 400V, 17kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery pack uses nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) graphite chem- istry. The pack and controls mount under- neath the second-row seat, which has been redesigned to allow the bottom cushion to flip forward for access to the battery. Encased in an aluminum housing, the pack is fitted with a dedicated heating and cooling circuit to keep the battery at its optimum temperature for improved performance. The temperature control circuit includes a dedicated heater unit and a chiller that uses the Wrangler air- conditioning refrigerant to reduce coolant temperature when needed. The Wrangler 4xe hybrid powertrain has three modes of operation, known as E Selec. The driver can select the desired powertrain mode via buttons mounted on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel. Regardless of the mode selected, the Wrangler 4xe operates as a hybrid once the battery nears its minimum state of charge: • Hybrid: The default mode blends torque from the 2.0L engine and the electric motor. In this mode, the pow- ertrain will use battery power first, then add in propulsion from the I-4 when the battery reaches a minimum state of charge. • Electric: The powertrain operates on zero-emission electric power only until the battery reaches the minimum charge or the driver requests more torque (such as wide-open throttle), which engages the engine. • eSave: Prioritizes propulsion from the engine, saving the battery charge for later use, such as EV off-roading or urban areas where internal combustion propulsion is restricted. The driver can also choose between Battery Save and Battery Charge during eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect monitor. Regenerative braking is a key part of the Wrangler 4xe eco-friendly equation, Jeep adds. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, the powertrain control engages the maximum available regenerative braking, up to 0.25g, from the electric motors to slow the vehicle, augmented with the Wrangler's traditional friction brakes. The regenerative braking feature also extends the replacement period for brake pads. The new Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in three models: 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe. Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler Sahara 4xe models are equipped with full-time 4x4 sys- tems, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles and a Selec-Trac 2-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. This article originally appeared on THE SHOP's website. Visit and sign up for our free eNewsletter, delivered daily to your email inbox. Hybrid Wrangler Ready to Hit the Trail H \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... Hybrid vehicles continue to become more commonplace in the specialty aftermarket with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

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