The majority of vehicles from Jeep going forward will be available with hybrid powertrains as the automaker looks to reduce the fuel economy and emissions levels of its vehicle range.
Speaking to reporters in Toronto on Friday, Marchionne said Jeep is currently working on hybrid powertrains for many of its vehicles that will “become visible in the next two to three years.” The Italian-Canadian executive was reluctant to commit to more fully-electric vehicles from FCA, however, citing the significant amount of money it loses with its Fiat 500e electric minicar.
Marchionne has already confirmed that a hybrid version of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler JL is on the cards, however it won’t debut until 2021 – well after the standard gasoline versions of the SUV is to be shown. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer full-size SUV, which we think is previewed by the Jeep Yuntu concept for China, will also offer a hybrid powertrain, the automaker has confirmed. Vehicles such as the Wrangler and Grand Wagoneer will make the most sense as hybrids as they are the largest and will have the most to gain from electrification.
What kind of hybrid powertrain is in store for Jeep is not yet known, however FCA has said in the past that the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s electric drive system will be used elsewhere within its portfolio. The automaker cannot develop an entirely new hybrid system for cost reasons, so even vehicles like the inbound Maserati Levante hybrid will utilize a version of the Pacifica’s hybrid system. It’s reasonable to assume it will be more refined or more powerful in the Maserati, but it’s of course much too early to say for sure.