We’re pretty sure we caught a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) in the wild.
While we were traveling through the Rocky Mountains, heading to Moab, Utah – we spied (what we think is) a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Plug-In Hybrid. Why do we think it’s a plug-in H]hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)? When we located it, we caught it just as it was pulling out of a parking lot. As it backed up and began to pull away, it made almost no noise. The whirling noise it did make sounded exactly like an EV powertrain.
Why is a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Plug-In Hybrid a big deal?
Around the same time, Stellantis moved in and FCA moved out of our collective nomenclature, we knew that they were serious about electrification. That was when we became aware of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, along with their various announcements of EVs and PHEVs. While their announcements were not as grandiose as GM or Ford’s electrification declarations, it took many by surprise.
Here was the preeminent off-road builder for our country talking about ditching gas and diesel engines, in favor of “cleaner” electrification. It’s hard for many fans of off-roading to see how electric powertrains could work. Sure, some of the numbers look promising, but there is some doubt among purists. Seeing electrification on a Jeep Wrangler freaked some fans out.
Now that the Wrangler 4xe is a reality, it’s only logical that Jeep/Stellantis shares this new powertrain with other vehicles in the fleet.
We suspect that this Jeep Grand Cherokee has a similar powertrain to the Wrangler 4xe which means it may show up in other products soon. This could be the tip of the iceberg. Expect to see a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer, Grand Cherokee L, and more vehicles electrified in some way – soon.