We may see other FCA 4x4s powered by a similar system used in the Jeep 4Xe.
If you look at the current batch of FCA’s 4x4s, you’ll notice that there are a lot of big engines powering these vehicles. The V6 and V8 s in Wrangler, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500, Ram HDs are thirsty. Over the past few years, FCA has stuffed their supercharged Hellcat engine in just about everything that’s rear-drive bias, including a Wrangler prototype/concept.
Many of us love a big-honkin’ V8 and FCA delivers those in spades. There is something to be said about the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements that all automakers must practice. The overall fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions from automakers are bound to be an issue for quite some time.
That’s why, in this video, I give you my thoughts on other applications of this technology. If it works well, it could be a game changer for FCA.
The numbers alone are impressive:
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4Xe will have a a 17.3-kWh, 96-cell nickel manganese cobalt battery pack under the rear seat. An integrated transmission traction motor will make 134 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque solo. Combined with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe makes a badass 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Despite the added weight and complexity, Jeep says this vehicle will go anywhere the regular Wrangler Rubicon can go. Not only that, it can cruise for over 20 miles on just electricity. The Jeep Wrangler 4Xe is rated at 50-MPGe. It could, in theory, drive for months without a gasoline fill up. \
All automakers tend to share technology throughout their fleets, especially if it was costly to develop. Bespoke tech rarely gives an automaker a good return on their investment. By spreading this tech throughout their lineup, FCA could answer future CAFE requirements AND profit on unique technology.