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    Buick Velite 6 To Come In Plug-In and Electric Flavors

      Will be a China-only affair

    Buick is expanding their electrified options in China with the introduction of the Velite 6 plug-in hybrid and electric. They'll join the the Buick Velite 5 - a rebadged Chevrolet Volt.

    The design is interesting to say in the least with a fair number of creases and a blacked-out rear pillar on this hatchback body. 

    Arriving first is the plug-in hybrid which is comprised of a 1.5L four-cylinder, two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors, and lithium-ion battery pack. With a full tank of gas and fully charged battery, Buick estimates a range of 700 kilometers (about 435 miles). Not much is known about the electric variant, aside from Buick saying the model "will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience." The electric variant will arrive next year.

    Both Velite 6 models will come with Buick's new eConnect cloud connectivity system. Different drivers can setup their own accounts to personalize settings for navigation, audio, and internet use. eConnect will also provide real-time intergration of WeChat, a Chinese social media service. Owners can use their smartphone as the key for the Velite 6.

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    Buick VELITE 6 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Enspire All-Electric Concept SUV Make Global Debut in China

    WUZHEN – The Buick VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV made their global debut this evening at a launch event in the scenic Chinese city of Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

    Buick also announced that the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be launched this year and its sibling, the VELITE 6 electric vehicle, will be introduced in China at a later date.

    Buick VELITE 6

    Buick is focused on electrification, connectivity, intelligence and sharing in line with its Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy. The VELITE 6 represents the latest application of this strategy.

    The two VELITE 6 models leverage electrification and connectivity technology from SAIC-GM’s parent companies, including Buick’s newest electric propulsion technology and connectivity technology. They are based on the VELITE Concept new energy vehicle that was unveiled in November 2016.

    The VELITE 6 has a dynamic posture coupled with a wide stance. The modern, streamlined shape aptly represents the innovative exterior styling that matches the new nameplate’s exciting technological character.

    The high-performance propulsion system of the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is composed of an EVT electronically controlled variable transmission, two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors with a high-performance lithium-ion battery, and a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine especially tuned for hybrid vehicles.

    The motors and engine efficiently optimize power in different driving modes – such as the hybrid-driven mode of the motor and the engine, the single-driven mode of the motor, and the single-driven mode of the engine. It has a range of 700 km and combined fuel consumption of 1.4 liters/100 km.

    The new-generation modular high-performance ternary lithium-ion battery pack will be assembled at the new state-of-the-art SAIC-GM Power Battery Development Center in Shanghai. The battery incorporates leading battery heat management technology, providing independent and uniform temperature control of each battery unit via liquid cooling. This will ensure a longer life cycle and more stable performance.

    The VELITE 6 electric vehicle will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience.

    The flexible and open cloud-based Buick eConnect technology in both models enables cutting-edge services and over-the-air update capability. With exclusive accounts, users can personalize their settings for OnStar, navigation, internet use and more. Music and destinations can be sent to the car display screen via WeChat in real time, for one-button navigation and listening. Users can also directly receive information about their vehicles’ condition and recommended maintenance.

    VELITE 6 users’ smartphones serve as a virtual key to enter and start the vehicle. They can authorize others to use their vehicles through their phones as well. Additional functions and new features will continuously be added to improve the user experience.

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    You know what, Moltar has said... because of my place of residence, I'm stuck in a time warp... but honestly, I would rather transport myself in THIS than THAT!  🤨

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    trinacriabob should like this because it has an upright, formal roof.  And look at the wheels-to-the-corners stance... so hot right now... there's like NEGATIVE overhangs... PLUS, it uses no gas, so dfelt should be pleased as well.  It's a WIN-WIN!

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    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    You know what, Moltar has said... because of my place of residence, I'm stuck in a time warp... but honestly, I would rather transport myself in THIS than THAT!  🤨

    amish-wagon-opt.jpg

    trinacriabob should like this because it has an upright, formal roof.  And look at the wheels-to-the-corners stance... so hot right now... there's like NEGATIVE overhangs... PLUS, it uses no gas, so dfelt should be pleased as well.  It's a WIN-WIN!

     

    https://www.investors.com/news/tesla-gm-joined-in-1-million-ev-sales-race-by-japanese-rival-nissan/

     

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    Nissan (NSANY) wants to sell 1 million electric cars a year by 2022, joining a race to hit a sales goal that Tesla (TSLA), General Motors (GM) and Toyota (TM) have also targeted

    Nissan will build eight new pure electric vehicles (EVs), based on the popular Leaf, the automaker announced at an event in Yokohama Thursday. It also vowed to launch "an electric car offensive" in China under different brands, as well as to bring autonomous driving technology to 20 models in 20 markets.

    By 2025, the company expects half of its sales in Japan and Europe to be electrified vehicles. That share will be 20%-30% in the U.S. and 35%-40% in China.

    Meanwhile, GM previously announced a goal to sell 1 million electric vehicles a year by 2026, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has vowed to sell 1 million cars a year by 2020, though Tesla's goal to sell half a million this year is looking increasingly doubtful amid Model 3 production bottlenecks.

    Toyota has laid out a similar annual sales goal of 1 million, though that includes fuel-cell vehicles as well as EVs. For its part, Volkswagen (VLKAY) wants to sell 2 million-3 million EVs annually by 2025, with 1.5 million pure-electric and electrified plug-in hybrid sales in China alone by that time.

     

     

     

     

     

    As of March 23, 2018...

    Nissan, Toyota, Tesla, GM, Volkswagen all want to sell 1 million EVs by as early as 2022 and as late 2026. These are sales targets...

    Tesla wants 1 million by 2020. They dont have to production knowledge to do so. 

    I keep on hearing that people dont want EVs...

    Well...maybe in certain parts of the United States of America.  But other parts of this phoquing planet...they want EVs...

    Infrastructure and range anxiety are all of the bullsyte argument variety. 

    If one wants change....change DOES happen...

    I have NO DOUBT that each and every one of these automakers WILL succeed in selling 1-2-3 million EVs a year EACH by 2030. Not here though. Not in North America. As long as people like you, BLU, who lives in a bubble...will NEVER happen! 

    MONTREAL is currently  hosting its 2nd annual EV autoshow. Like right now! Like April 20, 21 and 22.  Like this very week-end. SEPARATE from the Montreal Auto Show and a lot smaller. But it is growing...

    https://svem.ebems.com/home.html

     

    Its fine to NOT want EVs...

    Just dont snicker at the fact that the phoquing planet is MOVING away from gasoline engines...

    In China and in Japan for instance...the infrastucture for EVs is being built RIGHT NOW by LEAPS and BOUNDS...

    Yes...I know...the United States of of America people, much like yourself, dont want that change... 

    Its cool...

    Dont phoquing complain when people from OUTSIDE of the United States of America make fun of you...

    Just like you folk made fun of others outside the USofA...its payback time if you folk do NOT go with the flow...

    From the late 1970s...

    From 1985...

    Just before this scene...DOC makes fun of Japanese electronics...

     

    from 2018...

    Its not nice to laugh...but the Smokey and the Bandit laughter at Japanese cars was told in blindness.

    The Back to the Future laughter was satirical and an eye opener.

    The Trump thing was just flat out backwards and catering to the folk that are simply...simpletons...the simpletons of America dragging your beautiful country down...

     

    All this to say...America IS falling behind...

    America is NOT the world leader it once was... 

    NOT because America has lost it completely. Its because the WORLD itself has had a chance to catch up to America. Yes...thanx in part to America...but that is the thing. The world is such a smaller place right now... Other world powerhouses do influence the world, including America. 

    If you dont evolve with the times, be prepared to fall by the way side. 

    Take that as you will BLU, but change only happens if you want it. Success happens ONLY if you STRIVE for it. Hoping for the best and NOT doing ANYTHING about it will ONLY result in failure. 

    You see, other engineering brainiacs and innovative entrepreneurs ELSEWHERE on the planet get to dictate what is the future going to  be and if you living in Lancaster Pennsylvania can not see that and still see China and Japan and Korea as rice patty places and Germany and France and Greece as 3rd world countries devastated by war...yes Greece...Greece still has the brain power to reverse severe austerity measures...then you living in Lancaster Pennsylvania will be the one to be what those countries were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s...

    Laugh...but that horse and buggy will be coming to you soon if you dont adapt...

    Laugh...but what Greece is experiencing right now, what the USA experienced in 2009, will happen again, but PERMANENTLY if you Americans CONTINUE to live a life on credit but FAIL to MODERNIZE!!! 

    Yes...MODERNIZE!!!

    Fossil fuels are coming to an end...be it 20 years from now or 50 years from now...

    Change needs to happen to YOUR country NOW...

    EV infrastructure needs to be built NOW...and not at a slow sloth pace its at...at the the rabbit pace its happening in China...

    California, Washington...its got it!

    Lancaster Pennsylvania...I feel sorry for you!   

     

     

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    Yes, change is hard.  Sure, electric vehicles are the future and we should embrace them. 

    But EVs have to be better AND cheaper than current ICE cars because it makes little or no sense to switch unless it has a compelling value to the customer, not the environmentalists.

    The issue with the USA resting on its laurels while the rest of the planet leapfrogs us is a serious issue.  Our current politics are such that few seem willing to embrace the future while SO Many Americans want to turn the clock back to 1980 if not 1960.  A lot of people in Middle America would rather have their factories (and jobs) back as if it was 1955 instead of chase the 21st Century, where they feel left behind. 

    This country needs to radically upgrade our electrical grid for security and efficiency right now.  Many of our roads and several bridges badly need maintenance and repair right now.  Perhaps the only way we can address these crucial issues is that we need an external enemy that kick our butts and force some real changes.  Sputnik forced not only the creation of NASA but also a renewed interest in STEM and serious upgrades in almost everything.  Most of our current infrastructure dates from 1955-1975 or so, if not earlier.  China is in several ways passing us; India may do the same.  What do we do about these issues?

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    If one wants change....change DOES happen...

    Very much like 'climate change' - no one is denying that change is happening. The analysis should be on; at what rate?
     

    18 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    A lot of people in Middle America would rather have their factories (and jobs) back as if it was 1955 instead of chase the 21st Century...

    A lot of middle America would rather have their STANDARD OF LIVING back as if it were 1955. It's not about 'factories', although I do agree a solid manufacturing base is a worthy attribute/insurance policy.

    Age of infrastructure is a distant secondary to condition of infrastructure. Yet too often I see 'age' as the criteria of judgement.

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    I do not know at what rate...

    Actually I do!

    Quebec politics circa 1970s.

    There was the quiet revolution where the French people of Quebec fought back against their Anglais (English) overlords.

    Montreal was the city of the future just a few years prior to 1970. Montreal thinks big in the 1960s. New highways, new subway systems. Expo '67 highlighted that.  New international airport that debuted in 1975 that was one of the most advanced and futuristic airports at that time. The idea to have an international airport AWAY from the main city and having highspeed trains connect your airport to the city along with that same high speed rail system connect you to the other major cities surrounding you. Those would be NYC, Boston and Toronto were all on the table. The Summer Olympics of 1976 was the pinnacle. Montreal was on top of the world.  Then politics got in the way. Twice. 

    Those politics was necessary and for whatever reason. But Im not gonna delve into that as this is an automotive forum....

    OK...it took Montreal 40 years to recover from that. Those politics, necessary as they were, blinded Quebec people for the next 40 years and it took away from progress. 40 years. In that time span, Toronto surpassed Montreal. Boston, from a small town that was beleaguered in ghetto crime and in organized crime saw itself rise into a wonderful metropolis itself.  Boston dug itself literally out of the hole with many projects, including the Big Dig. Stopped the crime, stopped the brain drain, kept its students. 

    NYC saw the same thing. 

    Montreal...although we are still fighting off that organized crime thing, we are only NOW growing. The quiet revolution brought out the change we wanted. At a cost. But there were other changes that we did NOT think of changing. We tried. But we failed because other shyte was going down.  When Montreal was on top of the world, we even got the 1st Major League Baseball team that was outside the USA. At our downfall, we lost this baseball team.

    40 years of recession after recession after recession and broken down businesses. Empty building after empty building.  No new construction of anything. No new highways. No new international projects. No national pride. 

    40 years to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.  You think YOU guys have it bad? HA! 

    Its worse in Quebec. Well, it was worse. 

    As of now, not only are we thinking about new infrastructure as in extending our existing subway lines, we are introducing new electric rails for our people to commute. To highways. Extended highways. New bridges being built to replace the ones that are literary falling down. The Champlain Bridge is the busiest in Canada. Its failing. Its getting replaced... 

    EVs...Quebecois are embracing them. It helps though that Quebec DOES have Hydro-electric power. It has now for 100 years...

    The baseball team in Montreal will most probably be back with 5 years at the most.

    Eventually, the high speed rail system will be made to connect Boston, NYC, Montreal and Toronto. 

    Change...how fast you want it?

    Believe me...40 years is a long phoquing time.  I do not think you want to wait that long.  I do not think some parts of America will have the same 40 years Montreal had. We were lucky to come out of it OK.  We were lucky to have resources at our finger tips.

    Such as:

    We do have more higher education institutions than Boston does. Good ones too. Along the lines of a Harvard. We DO have a population that is literate and speaks a MINIMUM of 2 languages. We DO have a MULTICULTURAL background that gives us an edge in seeing things from different angles... 

    We have a port. Montreal's port is one of North America's busiest. One of the oldest in North America too. 

    Our seaway trade goes further than that. The North American indigenous peoples used this rivers to trade with one another. 

    Boston, NYC and New York State in general and other neighboring US states have a very close relationship with Quebec. 

    Montreal survived this way.  When Toronto and Ottawa were not so kind to Montreal and Quebec, we did have the US to turn to.  Does Lancaster Pennsylvania have these same resources?

    Do other parts of America  that seem to stuck in 1955 have that what Montreal has?

    Montreal was stuck in 1967 to1976 a looooong phoquing time!  It was NOT pleasant. We had our joie de vivre...but that was it...

    Good luck to you guys...I mean it!  But it was not fun economically during those times in Montreal...

     

      

     

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    I KNEW BLU would downvote!!!

    You are soooooo phoquing predictable!!!

    You scream and shout and whine about liberal Californians.   YOU SHOVE SHYTE MY way about how EVs is NOT your thang...

    How phoquing conservative YOU are...

    Yet when someone has a differing opinion that yours...you downvote away...

    Typical! 

    Like I said...good luck to you out there in Lancaster.  Or as a Motor Trend forum poster used to say about places like Lancaster. Bubblephoque, USA. 

     

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    Now now mister, I am more than delighted to downvote baloney, BUT that doesn't mean I'm trying to stop you.  I will get myself a kevlar scrolling wheel because ain't nobody got time for dat.  If I answer you word for word all of us will go deaf and blind from age trying to read all of this STUFF.

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    59 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Do other parts of America  that seem to stuck in 1955 have that what Montreal has?

    Have any specific towns/areas you think fit this definition?
    What is this definition, by the way?

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Have any specific towns/areas you think fit this definition?
    What is this definition, by the way?

    Im going by what YOU said...

    3 hours ago, balthazar said:

    A lot of middle America would rather have their STANDARD OF LIVING back as if it were 1955.

    Standard of living of the 1950s...

    WW2 ended a decade prior.

    Europe was war torn.  Japan was war torn. China and India were 3rd world countries.  In some instances...China and Indai are still 3rd world...

    1955 America...

    All was well...wasnt?

    Marylin Monroe. Joe Dimaggio. James Dean. Elvis. 

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    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop
    Ah, let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop
    Well, you can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop
    Let's go!
    Let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop
    Let's go!
    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop
    You can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop.
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop.
    Let's go!

     

    You wanna keep on going to the hop...problem is...

     Times...they are a changin'

    That Jewish boy with the whiny singing voice sang that one a decade later...and from then even...times kept on a-changin'....and time keeps on a-changin'. 

    You in that quote mentioned a manufacturing economy is not ideal but as a safe guard...its good. Montreal actually does have a manufacturing industry that from the 1970s-1990s thrived. It still does. Bombardier Aerospace. Also...Quebec with Bombardier and its trains also stayed afloat...

    I dunno where middle America resides in all of this.  But I do know one thing. America better take care of herself going forward because if America does NOT educate herself, take care of her schools....which is a huuuuge problem, does NOT influence and does NOT accept influence from others, and just keeps on closing her mind to change, does NOT go with the flow, wants to keep that status quo, in trying desperately to keep America in 1955, America is in grave danger. 

    The calender on the wall  says 2018. 

    Marilyn Monroe. Joe Dimaggio. James Dean. Elvis.  

    All DEAD!

    if the French in Quebec have accepted to speak English...and they have...they always did accept to speak English...and if the English in Quebec, the ones that stayed, have accepted to speak French, and together we actually work on towards the future and we are not still stuck on the bloody Plaines of Abraham, (referred to as the French and Indian War in the United States). I surely would hope that people as closed minded as BLU is to new technology and EVs and all that will change...

    Im not the one downvoting anything remotely relating to EVs. 

    Im not the one remotely dissing the arrival of EVs.

    Im not the one remotely denouncing them. Saying stuff like it will take 50 years before the fossil fuels only START to begin to die off.

    50 years?

    Like I said...in America, perhaps...

    Instead of fighting over liberal this and conservative that...perhaps all that energy made to divide you folk should be concentrated on improving your education. Your schools.

    Your road infrastructure.  MODERNIZE it...

    Alls I hear is excuses. Its too old. Its crumbling.

    OK...fix it!  At that same time...when fixing it...MODERNIZE it!!! It takes trillions? Yes it does... FIX IT!!!

    Coal powered electric plants? 

    Hey...I do not know who voted in Donald Trump...but protecting coal was a numb-nutz move... 

    The future is NOT in coal...

    The Americans USED to be innovators...what the hell happened?

    Stuck in 1955 we are...

    MAGA?

    SURE!!!! 

    With coal?  With fossil fuels?

    The WHOLE PHOQUING PLANET WANTS TO MOVE AWAY FROM THAT!!! 

    General Motors ENVISIONS selling 1 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS by 2026...

    HELLO???!!!!

    WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT TELL YOU???!!!

    Not in America though...in China...

    What are YOU folk gonna do? Whine when China gets all the nice shiny and techy General Motors cars while we get the shyte? 

    Well...2026 is NOT that far away...Chinese people will be gobbling up the electric cars...and that Chinese Buick EV CUV has shwon us what at where is GM thinking about its future and the future of cars...

    What did GM give us in Detroit or New York this year?

    its quite telling...isnt it?

    So...while you ask me where in middle America does it pertain to Montreal or China...I honestly dont know and dont care frankly...

    Montreal is actually growing and evolving...is middle America? THAT SHOULD be the question you should be asking...

     

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Now now mister, I am more than delighted to downvote baloney, BUT that doesn't mean I'm trying to stop you.  I will get myself a kevlar scrolling wheel because ain't nobody got time for dat.  If I answer you word for word all of us will go deaf and blind from age trying to read all of this STUFF.

    Problem is...

    You never actually offer ANY kind of rebuttal...

    You make fun, you chastise, you complain about anything remotely political that goes AGAINST your political spectrum. 

    You revert to sarcasm with stuff like kevlar wheels like the post I quoted you on...

    But you never ever offer ANY kind of rebuttal. 

    On the off chance that you do...on a rare occasion...an occasion so rare, it could be called a miracle by  bible belt Christians....its often short sighted. Its often full of half-truths and inaccuracies.... :(

    And when somebody actually tries to enlighten you...tries to show you that there is a different rerality than yours stuck in Lancaster Pennsylvania...you downvote and the whole process of you whining and/or making fun continues... 

    I understand fully of one's surroundings could influence one's opinions...

    HELLO...I COME FROM MONTREAL!!! 

     

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      At the heart of its Reimagine plan will be the electrification of both Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with two clear, unique personalities.
      In a Land Rover, vehicle and driver are united by adventure. By breaking new ground, confronting new challenges and not being content with the expected, Land Rover truly helps people to go ‘Above and Beyond’. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. The first all-electric variant will arrive in 2024.
      By the middle of the decade, Jaguar will have undergone a renaissance to emerge as a pure electric luxury brand with a dramatically beautiful new portfolio of emotionally engaging designs and pioneering next-generation technologies. Jaguar will exist to make life extraordinary by creating dramatically beautiful automotive experiences that leave its customers feeling unique and rewarded. Although the nameplate may be retained, the planned Jaguar XJ replacement will not form part of the line-up, as the brand looks to realise its unique potential.
      Jaguar and Land Rover will offer pure electric power, nameplate by nameplate, by 2030. By this time, in addition to 100% of Jaguar sales, it is anticipated that around 60% of Land Rovers sold will be equipped with zero tailpipe powertrains.
      Jaguar Land Rover’s aim is to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. As part of this ambition, the company is also preparing for the expected adoption of clean fuel-cell power in line with a maturing of the hydrogen economy. Development is already underway with prototypes arriving on UK roads within the next 12 months as part of the long-term investment programme.
      Sustainability that delivers a new benchmark in environmental and societal impact for the luxury sector is fundamental to the success of Reimagine. A new centralised team will be empowered to build on and accelerate pioneering innovations in materiality, engineering, manufacturing, services and circular economy investments. 
      Annual commitments of circa £2.5bn will include investments in electrification technologies and the development of connected services to enhance the journey and experiences of customers, alongside data-centric technologies that will further improve their ownership ecosystem.
      Proven services like the flexible PIVOTAL subscription model (which has grown 750% during the fiscal year), born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s incubator and investor arm, InMotion, will now be rolled out to other markets following a successful launch in the UK.
      Quality and efficiency
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover establish new benchmark standards in quality and efficiency for the luxury sector by rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising.
      Central to that journey, and in order to establish different personalities for the two brands, is the new architecture strategy. 
      Land Rover will use the forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). It will deliver electrified internal combustion engines (ICE) and full electric variants as the company evolves its product line-up in the future. In addition, Land Rover will also use pure electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) which will also support advanced electrified ICE.
      Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a pure electric architecture.
      Reimagine is designed to deliver simplification too. By consolidating the number of platforms and models being produced per plant, the company will be able to establish new benchmark standards in efficient scale and quality for the luxury sector. Such an approach will help rationalise sourcing and accelerate investments in local circular economy supply chains.
      From a core manufacturing perspective that means Jaguar Land Rover will retain its plant and assembly facilities in the home UK market and around the world. As well as being the manufacturer of the MLA architecture, Solihull, West Midlands will also be the home to the future advanced Jaguar pure electric platform. 
      Key partners including Trade Unions, retailers and those in the supply chain will continue to play a vital part of the extended new Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem and its journey towards reimagining the future of modern luxury.
      ReFocus to a more agile operation
      As evidenced with the latest financial results, Jaguar Land Rover has a strong foundation on which to build a sustainable and resilient business for its customers and their communities, partners, employees, shareholders and the environment.
      Driving this transformation is the recently launched Refocus programme, by consolidating existing initiatives like Charge+ with new cross-functional activities.
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover right-size, repurpose and reorganise into a more agile operation. The creation of a flatter structure is designed to empower employees to create and deliver at speed and with clear purpose.
      To accelerate this efficiency of focus, the company will substantially reduce and rationalise its non-manufacturing infrastructure in the UK. Gaydon will become the symbol of this effort – the ‘reactor’ of the business - with the Executive Team and other management functions moving into the one location to aid frictionless cooperation and agile decision-making.  
      Leapfrog to leadership with Tata Group
      In order to realise its vision of modern luxury mobility with confidence, the company will curate closer collaboration and knowledge-sharing with Tata Group companies to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development leadership. Jaguar Land Rover has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, in which Tata Sons is the largest shareholder, since 2008.
      “We have so many ingredients from within. It is a unique opportunity,” said Mr Bolloré. “Others have to rely solely on external partnerships and compromise, but we have frictionless access that will allow us to lean forward with confidence and at speed.”
      Bringing all these ingredients together, Jaguar Land Rover is on a path towards double-digit EBIT margins and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025. 
      Ultimately, Jaguar Land Rover aims to be one of the most profitable luxury manufacturers in the world.
      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”

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    • By William Maley
      Jaguar Land Rover hasn't been doing very well for the past few years. Numerous issues such as poor sales in China, demand for diesel powered vehicles dropping, and the pandemic have put the automaker in a difficult place. This morning in the United Kingdom, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bolloré announced plans to make Jaguar an electric only brand by 2025; Land Rover to launch six electric models; and to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2039.
      "We are harnessing those ingredients today to reimagine the business, the two brands and the customer experience of tomorrow. The Reimagine strategy allows us to enhance and celebrate that uniqueness like never before. Together, we can design an even more sustainable and positive impact on the world around us," Bolloré said in a statement.
      Jaguar

      Out of the two brands, Jaguar is hurting the most. Sales have dropped like a rock due to people stepping away from sedans and diesel powertrains. Bolloré's plan has the brand moving to an all-electric lineup by 2025. Not many details were released or talked about during the press conference this morning. What we do know is,
      Future models will utilize a new modular electric platform, known as the Electric Modular Architecture (EMA). The planned XJ replacement, rumored to go electric has been canceled. Likely reason for the cancelation is the platform that was going to be used for this model likely didn't scale to other models. Jaguar did say the XJ name could appear again on a future model. Automotive News (Subscription Required) reports that Jaguar will also move away from SUV-styled vehicles, likely meaning the end of the E and F-Pace. Land Rover

      Land Rover isn't going to dive in quickly as Jaguar into EVs. The plan is to continue offering a mix of powertrains, but with a heavy focus on electrification. Six all-electric models are planned to be launched by 2030, with the first model coming out in 2024. No word on what that model would be, but our guess is possibly a Range Rover EV. Land Rover will use Electric Modular Architecture for EVs, alongside the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) for hybrids. The goal is to have 60 percent of Land Rover sales be for electrics by 2030.
      Other Details
      Jaguar Land Rover said that it would keep all three of its U.K. plans open, but the Castle Bromwich plant(home to Jaguar XE, XF, and F-Type production) has a unclear future.
      “First we will continue production of our existing nameplates built there to the end of their lifecycle. Then we will explore opportunities to refurbish the plant, which could benefit from the consolidation of businesses scattered across the Midlands,” said Bolloré.
      Jaguar Land Rover is also planning on moving their executive team and other major management positions to a centralized location in Gaydon, and work more closely with their parent company, Tata Group.
      Source: Jaguar Land Rover
      Jaguar Land Rover reimagines the future of modern luxury by design
      New global strategy – Reimagine – announced for the British company under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Bolloré A sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact Start of journey to become a net zero carbon business by 2039 Reimagination of Jaguar as an all-electric luxury brand from 2025 to ‘realise its unique potential’ In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates to be available in pure electric form by end of the decade; first all-electric Land Rover model in 2024 Clean-hydrogen fuel-cell power being developed in preparation for future demand Streamlined structure to deliver greater agility and promote an efficiency of focus Global manufacturing and assembly footprint to be retained, rightsized, repurposed and reorganised Collaborations and knowledge-sharing with industry leaders, in particular from within the wider Tata Group will allow the company to explore potential synergies on clean energy, connected services, data and software development leadership On a path towards double-digit EBIT margin and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025 with a value creation approach delivering quality and profit-over-volume Gaydon, UK - Monday 15th February 2021:
      A vision of modern luxury by design
      Jaguar Land Rover will reimagine the future of modern luxury by design through its two distinct, British brands.
      Set against a canvas of true sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover will become a more agile creator of the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles and services for the most discerning of customers. A strategy that is designed to create a new benchmark in environmental, societal and community impact for a luxury business.
      “Jaguar Land Rover is unique in the global automotive industry. Designers of peerless models, an unrivalled understanding of the future luxury needs of its customers, emotionally rich brand equity, a spirit of Britishness and unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.
      “We are harnessing those ingredients today to reimagine the business, the two brands and the customer experience of tomorrow. The Reimagine strategy allows us to enhance and celebrate that uniqueness like never before. Together, we can design an even more sustainable and positive impact on the world around us,” said Mr Bolloré.
      Two distinct modern luxury brands with sustainability at the centre
      At the heart of its Reimagine plan will be the electrification of both Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with two clear, unique personalities.
      In a Land Rover, vehicle and driver are united by adventure. By breaking new ground, confronting new challenges and not being content with the expected, Land Rover truly helps people to go ‘Above and Beyond’. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. The first all-electric variant will arrive in 2024.
      By the middle of the decade, Jaguar will have undergone a renaissance to emerge as a pure electric luxury brand with a dramatically beautiful new portfolio of emotionally engaging designs and pioneering next-generation technologies. Jaguar will exist to make life extraordinary by creating dramatically beautiful automotive experiences that leave its customers feeling unique and rewarded. Although the nameplate may be retained, the planned Jaguar XJ replacement will not form part of the line-up, as the brand looks to realise its unique potential.
      Jaguar and Land Rover will offer pure electric power, nameplate by nameplate, by 2030. By this time, in addition to 100% of Jaguar sales, it is anticipated that around 60% of Land Rovers sold will be equipped with zero tailpipe powertrains.
      Jaguar Land Rover’s aim is to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. As part of this ambition, the company is also preparing for the expected adoption of clean fuel-cell power in line with a maturing of the hydrogen economy. Development is already underway with prototypes arriving on UK roads within the next 12 months as part of the long-term investment programme.
      Sustainability that delivers a new benchmark in environmental and societal impact for the luxury sector is fundamental to the success of Reimagine. A new centralised team will be empowered to build on and accelerate pioneering innovations in materiality, engineering, manufacturing, services and circular economy investments. 
      Annual commitments of circa £2.5bn will include investments in electrification technologies and the development of connected services to enhance the journey and experiences of customers, alongside data-centric technologies that will further improve their ownership ecosystem.
      Proven services like the flexible PIVOTAL subscription model (which has grown 750% during the fiscal year), born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s incubator and investor arm, InMotion, will now be rolled out to other markets following a successful launch in the UK.
      Quality and efficiency
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover establish new benchmark standards in quality and efficiency for the luxury sector by rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising.
      Central to that journey, and in order to establish different personalities for the two brands, is the new architecture strategy. 
      Land Rover will use the forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). It will deliver electrified internal combustion engines (ICE) and full electric variants as the company evolves its product line-up in the future. In addition, Land Rover will also use pure electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) which will also support advanced electrified ICE.
      Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a pure electric architecture.
      Reimagine is designed to deliver simplification too. By consolidating the number of platforms and models being produced per plant, the company will be able to establish new benchmark standards in efficient scale and quality for the luxury sector. Such an approach will help rationalise sourcing and accelerate investments in local circular economy supply chains.
      From a core manufacturing perspective that means Jaguar Land Rover will retain its plant and assembly facilities in the home UK market and around the world. As well as being the manufacturer of the MLA architecture, Solihull, West Midlands will also be the home to the future advanced Jaguar pure electric platform. 
      Key partners including Trade Unions, retailers and those in the supply chain will continue to play a vital part of the extended new Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem and its journey towards reimagining the future of modern luxury.
      ReFocus to a more agile operation
      As evidenced with the latest financial results, Jaguar Land Rover has a strong foundation on which to build a sustainable and resilient business for its customers and their communities, partners, employees, shareholders and the environment.
      Driving this transformation is the recently launched Refocus programme, by consolidating existing initiatives like Charge+ with new cross-functional activities.
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover right-size, repurpose and reorganise into a more agile operation. The creation of a flatter structure is designed to empower employees to create and deliver at speed and with clear purpose.
      To accelerate this efficiency of focus, the company will substantially reduce and rationalise its non-manufacturing infrastructure in the UK. Gaydon will become the symbol of this effort – the ‘reactor’ of the business - with the Executive Team and other management functions moving into the one location to aid frictionless cooperation and agile decision-making.  
      Leapfrog to leadership with Tata Group
      In order to realise its vision of modern luxury mobility with confidence, the company will curate closer collaboration and knowledge-sharing with Tata Group companies to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development leadership. Jaguar Land Rover has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, in which Tata Sons is the largest shareholder, since 2008.
      “We have so many ingredients from within. It is a unique opportunity,” said Mr Bolloré. “Others have to rely solely on external partnerships and compromise, but we have frictionless access that will allow us to lean forward with confidence and at speed.”
      Bringing all these ingredients together, Jaguar Land Rover is on a path towards double-digit EBIT margins and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025. 
      Ultimately, Jaguar Land Rover aims to be one of the most profitable luxury manufacturers in the world.
      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”
    • By William Maley
      Next up for an interactive review is the most expensive Volvo I have driven, the 2020 XC90 T8 Inscription - as-tested price of $86,790 with a $995.00 destination charge. Sadly, there is no kitchen sink to find, but this vehicle is loaded. It has four-corner air suspension, 21-inch wheels, a Bowers and Wilkins audio system, massaging front seats, heated steering whee, captain chairs for the second row with heat, panoramic sunroof, and 360-degree camera.
      Power comes from the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain that I tried in the V60 Polestar a few weeks back. While not as potent as the Polestar, the XC90 still posts some impressive numbers of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet.
      Here are some initial impressions
      Despite the hefty pricetag, I don't get the feeling of luxury that the Inscription is supposed to bring. I have to wonder if its due to the black leather and dark wood trim being used. Did I mention that this comes with a crystal gearshift? Ride quality seems to be ok with the 21-inch wheels, but there is a fair amount of tire noise on rough pavement. I'll have more thoughts as the week goes on. In the meantime, if you have any questions, drop them below.

    • By William Maley
      Next up for an interactive review is the most expensive Volvo I have driven, the 2020 XC90 T8 Inscription - as-tested price of $86,790 with a $995.00 destination charge. Sadly, there is no kitchen sink to find, but this vehicle is loaded. It has four-corner air suspension, 21-inch wheels, a Bowers and Wilkins audio system, massaging front seats, heated steering whee, captain chairs for the second row with heat, panoramic sunroof, and 360-degree camera.
      Power comes from the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain that I tried in the V60 Polestar a few weeks back. While not as potent as the Polestar, the XC90 still posts some impressive numbers of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet.
      Here are some initial impressions
      Despite the hefty pricetag, I don't get the feeling of luxury that the Inscription is supposed to bring. I have to wonder if its due to the black leather and dark wood trim being used. Did I mention that this comes with a crystal gearshift? Ride quality seems to be ok with the 21-inch wheels, but there is a fair amount of tire noise on rough pavement. I'll have more thoughts as the week goes on. In the meantime, if you have any questions, drop them below.


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    • By William Maley
      The Jeep Wrangler is going green with the introduction of the 4xe.
      This plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler pairs a 2.0L turbo-four with a transmission-mounted electric motor. Total output is 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, making this the powerful production Wrangler to date. A 17.0-kWh, liquid-cooled battery pack battery pack mounted under the rear-seat provides the electric juice and allows the 4xe to travel up 25 miles on electric power only. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Jeep hasn't revealed how long it takes to charge up the 4xe.
      Before you start thinking that going plug-in hybrid lessens the capability, Jeep says the 4xe models come with Dana 44 axles front and rear, and the various electronics have been waterproofed - allowing it to ford up to 30 inches of water. Base and Sahara models come with a two-speed transfer case with automatic four-wheel-drive mode and a 2.72:1 low-range. Rubicon models feature a transfer case with a 4:1 low-range, electronic locking front and rear axles with a 4.1:1 ratio, and an electronic sway bar disconnect.
      The 4xe does give up cargo space, with 27.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats (down four) and 67.4 with the rear seats folded (down five). It is also heavier with the base model coming at 5,000 pounds - about 800 pounds heavier than the gas model. 
      Jeep will begin selling the Wrangler 4xe early next year in the three trims mentioned above. You'll only be able to get it in the four-door version. Expecting pricing to be above $30,000 or so.
       
      Source: Jeep
      Press Release is on Page 2
      New Jeep® Wrangler 4xe Joins Renegade and Compass 4xe Models in Brand’s Global Electric Vehicle Lineup
      Advanced, Eco-friendly, Premium Technology Delivers Absolute and Quiet Open-air Freedom, an Even More Fun-to-drive On-road Experience and a New Level of Benchmark Jeep® Off-road Capability
      4xe electric vehicle technology is the natural evolution of nearly 80 years of Jeep® capability leadership Jeep 4xe vehicles provide new levels of efficiency, environmental responsibility, performance and capability, on and off the road Jeep Wrangler 4xe available in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021; Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models began arriving in Europe this summer Wrangler 4xe boasts 375 horsepower and delivers up to 25 miles of pure electric operation for daily commutes while providing nearly silent, zero-emission, open-air freedom without range anxiety Torque-on-demand electric power enhances Wrangler’s on-road performance, delivering crisp launches from a standing start and plenty of low-speed thrust Low-speed, peak torque-on-demand raises Wrangler’s legendary off-road benchmark to master off-road environments Wrangler 4xe is first and foremost a Jeep Wrangler with Trail Rated running gear: solid front and rear axles, full-time 4x4 two-speed transfer case, fully articulating suspension and 30 inches of water fording capability Wrangler 4xe’s advanced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and robust TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver an estimated 50 MPGe 400-volt, 17 kWh, 96-cell battery pack mounts beneath second-row seat to protect it from outside elements and to preserve the interior space Wrangler 4xe features exclusive exterior design cues to signify efficient, environmentally friendly, electrification technology Available for order in Europe, Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe deliver up to 240 horsepower and approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) of zero-emission pure electric range September 3, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Jeep® brand has introduced its new Wrangler 4xe, marking the arrival of the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever. Jeep Wrangler 4xe models will be available in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021. The Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models – introduced last year in Geneva – began arriving in Europe this summer. The new Jeep 4xe models follow the introduction of the Jeep Grand Commander PHEV in China last year.
      The Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is capable of up to 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propulsion, making it commuter friendly as an all-electric daily driver without range anxiety and the most capable and eco-friendly Jeep vehicle off-road – combined with the open-air freedom that only Jeep Wrangler offers.
      Jeep will offer electrification options on each nameplate in the next few years as it strives to become the leader in eco-friendly premium technology. Electrified Jeep vehicles will carry the 4xe badge. Jeep electric vehicles will be the most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level.
      “Our Jeep 4xe vehicles will be the most efficient, responsible and capable that the brand has ever created,” said Christian Meunier, Global President of Jeep Brand - FCA. “We are committed to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand. The electrification of the Jeep lineup will allow commuters to travel solely on electric power, delivering an efficient and fun on-road experience and offering an ability to enjoy even more Jeep capability off-road in nearly complete silence.”
      The Wrangler 4xe’s advanced powertrain provides a unique on- and off-road experience through the combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, a high-tech 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and robust TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The most advanced powertrain ever developed for a Jeep Wrangler maximizes efficiency with an estimated 50 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) while eliminating range anxiety, delivering pure-electric operation for most daily commutes.
      Torque from the electric motors in the Wrangler 4xe’s hybrid powertrain arrives instantly on demand from the driver. The powertrain also delivers fuel-saving, seamless, start-stop operation of the engine.
      Jeep has demonstrated 4x4 capability leadership for nearly 80 years. Jeep vehicles were the first to feature an automatic full-time four-wheel-drive system, first 4:1 transfer case and first electronic front sway-bar disconnect system. Merging electrification into the product lineup is a natural evolution.
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be sold globally, with electric vehicle (EV) charge port plugs tailored to specific regions. It is assembled at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.
      Wrangler 4xe Advanced Powertrain Combines Electric Motors, Turbo Engine
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a fuel-efficient, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This configuration maximizes the efficiency of the hybrid propulsion components and mates them with the Wrangler’s world-renowned and proven driveline.
      Key elements of the Wrangler 4xe powertrain include 375 horsepower (280 kW), 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque and an estimated 50 MPGe from the following components:
      2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 Engine-mounted motor generator unit Transmission-mounted motor generator unit integrated into eight-speed automatic transmission (ZF 8P75PH) 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family. The high-tech, direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head, along with a dedicated cooling circuit for the turbocharger, intake air and throttle body for exceptional responsiveness, performance and fuel efficiency.
      A high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor generator unit mounts at the front of the engine, replacing the conventional alternator. A robust belt connects the motor generator to the engine crankshaft pulley. The motor generator spins the engine for nearly seamless, fuel-saving, start-stop operation and generates electricity for the battery pack. The Wrangler 4xe does not use a conventional 12-volt starter motor. The Wrangler 4xe is equipped with a 12-volt battery to run accessories.
      The second high-voltage motor generator is mounted at the front of the transmission case, replacing the conventional torque converter of an automatic transmission.

      Two clutches work to manage power and torque from the e-motor and engine. A binary clutch (on/off) is mounted between the engine and the motor. When this clutch is open there is no mechanical linkage between the engine and the e-motor, which enables it to propel the Wrangler 4xe in electric-only mode.
      When the binary clutch is closed, torque from the 2.0-liter engine and the e-motor flow combine through the automatic transmission. A variable clutch mounted behind the e-motor manages engagement with the transmission to improve drivability and efficiency.
      Battery Pack Preserves Interior Room
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery pack uses nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) graphite chemistry. The pack and controls mount underneath the second-row seat, where it is protected from outside elements. The Wrangler 4xe’s second-row seat is redesigned, allowing the bottom cushion to flip forward for access to the battery.
      Encased in an aluminum housing, the pack is fitted with a dedicated heating and cooling circuit to keep the battery at its optimum temperature for best performance. The temperature control circuit includes a dedicated heater unit and a chiller that uses the Wrangler air-conditioning refrigerant to reduce coolant temperature when needed.
      The Wrangler 4xe hybrid system includes an Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM), which combines a battery charger and a DC/DC converter in a single unit that is more compact than two separate components, and a next-generation Power Inverter Module (PIM) that is reduced in size. These components are housed and protected from damage in a steel structure mounted below the battery pack.
      All high-voltage electronics, including the wiring between the battery pack and the electric motors, are sealed and waterproof. Like all Trail Rated Jeep Wranglers, the Wrangler 4xe is capable of water fording up to 30 inches (76 cm).
      The electric charge port features a push-open/push-close cover and is located on the left front cowl of the Wrangler 4xe for convenient nose-in parking at charging locations. The charge port includes LED indicators of charging status. An LED battery level monitor is mounted on top of the instrument panel, making it easy to check battery state of charge at a glance during charging.
      Wrangler 4xe E Selec Modes
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe driver can tailor the hybrid powertrain to best suit each trip, whether it is filling the needs of most daily commuters in pure-electric operation, a night on the town or quietly exploring nature off-road.
      The Wrangler 4xe hybrid powertrain has three modes of operation, known as E Selec. The driver can select the desired powertrain mode via buttons mounted on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel. Regardless of the mode selected, the Wrangler 4xe operates as hybrid once the battery nears its minimum state of charge.
      Hybrid: The default mode blends torque from the 2.0-liter engine and electric motor. In this mode, the powertrain will use battery power first, then add in propulsion from the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 when the battery reaches minimum state of charge Electric: The powertrain operates on zero-emission electric power only until the battery reaches the minimum charge or the driver requests more torque (such as wide-open throttle), which engages the 2.0-liter engine eSave: Prioritizes propulsion from the 2.0-liter engine, saving the battery charge for later use, such as EV off-roading or urban areas where internal combustion propulsion is restricted. The driver can also choose between Battery Save and Battery Charge during eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect monitor To help optimize the benefit of the E Selec modes, the Wrangler 4xe driver information display and the Uconnect touchscreen feature Eco Coaching Pages. The Eco Coaching Pages let owners monitor power flow and see the impact of regenerative braking, schedule charging times to take advantage of lower electric rates, and view their driving history with a detail of electric and gasoline usage.
      Regenerative braking is a key part of the Wrangler 4xe eco-friendly equation. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, the powertrain control engages the maximum available regenerative braking, up to 0.25 g, from the electric motors to slow the vehicle, augmented with the Wrangler’s traditional friction brakes. The regenerative braking feature also extends the replacement period for brake pads.
      With 4x4 engaged, all four wheels feed torque for regenerative braking, maximizing the energy recovery. Electricity due to regenerative braking is fed to the battery pack to maintain or increase the state of charge.
      The Wrangler 4xe also features the ability to maximize regenerative energy production via a driver-selectable Max Regen feature.
      When Max Regen is engaged, a more assertive regenerative braking calibration occurs when the vehicle sees zero throttle input from the driver (coasting). Max Regen can slow the Wrangler 4xe faster than standard regenerative braking and generate more electricity for the battery pack. Once selected, the Max Regen feature remains engaged until driver deselects it.
      Off-road Legend
      Jeep Wrangler’s heritage is defined by its legendary off-road capability. All Wrangler 4xe power modes are available when the drivetrain is shifted to 4Lo. The seamless integration of electric power into the 4x4 drivetrain elevates the Wrangler 4xe to new levels of off-road performance.
      Enthusiasts will find that the instant availability of torque from the Wrangler 4xe’s electric motor delivers a more precise and controlled driving experience for climbing and crawling – there’s no need to build up engine rpm to get the tires to move, minimizing driveline shock loading and maximizing control and speed.
      In EV mode, the Wrangler 4xe treads lightly and silently, conserving fuel and allowing occupants to focus solely on the sights and full sounds of nature.
      The new Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in three models: 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe. Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler Sahara 4xe models are equipped with full-time 4x4 systems, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles and are fitted with the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The intuitive system allows the driver to set it and forget it in any environment.
      An available Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra grip and capability in low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.
      Wrangler Rubicon 4xe models carry the Rock-Trac 4x4 system that includes a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, full-time 4x4, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers. The Wrangler Rubicon 4xe has an impressive crawl ratio of 77.2:1, which makes scaling any obstacle easy. Wrangler Rubicon models also offer improved articulation and total suspension travel with help from a front axle, electronic sway-bar disconnect. Together, these components contribute to the maximum off-road prowess Wrangler Rubicon is known for.
      The Wrangler 4xe includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control. This allows drivers to control vehicle speed up and down steep, rugged grades with the transmission shift lever.
      Like every Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe models wear a Trail Rated badge that signifies legendary 4x4 capability with equipment that includes:
      Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks Wrangler Rubicon 4xe approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 22.5 degrees, departure angle of 35.6 degrees and ground clearance of 10.8 inches (27.4 cm) Aggressive, available, 17-inch, off-road wheels and 33-inch tires standard on Rubicon 4xe; 20-inch wheels standard on Wrangler 4xe and Sahara 4xe Up to 30 inches (76 cm) of water fording All 4xe models maintain Wrangler’s renowned ease of customization with a host of Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, available when the vehicle arrives in showrooms.
      ‘Electric Blue’ Design Cues Mark Wrangler 4xe
      The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe maintains a sculptural design aesthetic that’s bold and functional, with a wide stance and trapezoidal wheel flares.
      Exclusive content identifies the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as the most technologically advanced Wrangler ever. New Electric Blue coloring on the front and rear Rubicon tow hooks stands out against the black bumpers. The unique blue coloring also traces the Rubicon name on the hood, Jeep badge and the Trail Rated badge. Select Easter egg design cues also receive the Electric Blue shade. The black hood decal is outlined in the special color with “4xe” that lets the body color show through.
      Inside, the Wrangler 4xe Rubicon includes unique Electric Blue stitching on the seats and trim.
      The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in 10 exterior colors: Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Hella Yella, Hydro Blue (late availability), Sting-Gray, Snazzberry, Sarge and Billet Silver Metallic. Two Wrangler interior options are available in the 4xe version: Black with Heritage Tan cloth and Black with Dark Saddle leather.
      Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe
      Presented globally in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe are the first Jeep models with plug-in hybrid electric technology available in Europe. Their arrival was celebrated in January with the exclusive First Edition – a special launch edition made available for customer previews and pre-booking on a dedicated website for select European markets. Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe began arriving in the European market this summer. Both Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models feature a no-compromise hybrid solution that integrates the unmatched technical layout of each Jeep SUV and takes their capability to the next level through some of the most advanced technology, which combines enhanced performance (up to 240 horsepower), improved safety (four-wheel drive is always available) and low environmental impact (less than 50 g/km of CO2 in the hybrid mode).
      The combination of a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and the electric unit guarantees performance and extraordinary driving pleasure: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7.5 seconds and full electric top speed is 130 km/h, which reaches 200 km/h in the hybrid mode.
      With the new hybrid technology, Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe further improve their benchmark off-road capability courtesy of the greater torque offered by the combination between the two power sources. Thanks to the new Jeep 4xe technology, traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft, but through the dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system, giving instant electric boost to the rear wheels when needed.
      The new Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe began arriving in Jeep dealerships across Europe this summer with a full lineup to include Limited, S and Trailhawk trims, all with four-wheel-drive configuration.
      Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts Supports Launch of Most Capable, Technically Advanced, Eco-friendly Jeep Wrangler Ever
      When the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe (pronounced 4byE) plug-in hybrid joins the Jeep brand’s global electric vehicle lineup later this year, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar will offer a wide variety of factory-engineered, quality-tested performance parts and accessories for the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly SUV on the planet.
      The comprehensive portfolio of more than 300 Jeep Wrangler products will include exclusive Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) offerings, allowing customers the opportunity to expand upon the Wrangler’s fun-to-drive on- and off-road experiences. An industry-first, OEM-developed JPP 2-inch lift kit is specifically engineered and tuned for the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid application. Additional products will include beadlock-capable wheels, off-road bumpers, LED off-road lights and rock rails, just to name a few. More detailed information will be available closer to launch.
      In addition, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar will offer a 240-volt at-home electric vehicle (EV) wall charger on Amazon.com and quality installation services, giving customers a fast and convenient way to charge their vehicles at home.
      Unlike any other aftermarket offerings, Jeep Performance Parts and accessories are backed by a full factory warranty. The products are created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and product design-office teams for development, testing and validation. Strict standards and factory-exclusive data — information not available to the aftermarket — are used to seamlessly integrate performance parts and accessories in order to deliver proper fit, finish and quality right down to the color, grain, and appearance of each product.
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