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Jeep confirms plug-in hybrid power for new Wrangler

Jeep‘s new Wrangler will include plug-in hybrid power, the American company has confirmed.

The all-new Jeep Wrangler will have a plug-in hybrid version in 2020

The all-new Jeep Wrangler will have a plug-in hybrid version in 2020

Following the company’s concept showing of the plug-in hybrid Jeep Yuntu at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2017, the company has at last confirmed it will reach serial production after Jeep’s head of brand, Mike Manley, said: “A full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020”.

As yet, details remain scant but the confirmation was, at least, there from the proverbial horse’s mouth.

Furthermore, the new 2018 model will have a mild-hybrid system from the outset, using an all-new eTorque system that the company says improves fuel economy, performance, and driver comfort.

Its functions include auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging and regenerative braking. Both the engine and fuel flow may be turned off during stops, coasting or when the engine is decelerating, the company added.

The electric motor aids a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering a respectable 270bhp and 295lb.ft torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.