During the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (or AutoMobility LA, as it’s trying to be called), Jeep boss Mike Manley announced that the 2018 JL Wrangler will soon offer a total of four powertrain options. They consist of two gas models, a turbodiesel model, and in 2020 we’ll see a plug-in hybrid model.
That’s right, a Jeep Wrangler Hybrid is actually happening. We wonder if California will still get its own specific marketing scheme, as it did with the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in—oops, we mean hybrid.
Speaking of the Pacifica Hybrid, the Jeep Wrangler Hybrid is expected to share components with the fuel-efficient mini-van, which has an e-range of 33 miles and an EPA rating of 32 miles per gallon. This might not seem like a priority for someone who wants to go off-roading, but if they need to use that same vehicle to get to work then the added versatility could be what wins that consumer over.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has gone on the record to reject electric vehicles as the saving grace for our planet, but that doesn’t mean the automaker won’t continue to implement green technology (that it paid to create) across multiple platforms.
That said, we all know what everyone is most excited for: a Jeep Wrangler diesel that they didn’t have to swap.