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    Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Inbound

      ...an electrified Jeep for a younger generation...

    Jeep is looking to add a plug-in hybrid variant of the Jeep Wrangler sometime in 2020. It will join the lineup next to the Pentastar V6, a Turbocharged inline-4 cylinder, and a newly added Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel. The plug-in hybrid version is a way to get consumers used to an electrified Wrangler, says Jeremy Acevedo, senior manager of insights for Edmunds. "If the Wrangler, arguably the most iconic SUV on the road, can pull off a plug-in hybrid, I think that it does give credibility to this technology having some merit beyond efficiency if it is truly a great off-roader [and] if it does carry that torch well.", Acevedo said.

    The Wrangler Hybrid should please those environmentally conscious consumers who still want to go off-road. Jeep has yet to share any performance characteristics, but says that capability won't be a problem. A hybrid powered Jeep will have more low-speed torque to deal with off-road challenges, yet still have improved fuel efficiency when on the pavement. Jeep expects that the hybrid powered Wrangler will appeal to a younger consumer.

    Meanwhile, Jeep dealers say there is pent up demand for the diesel Wrangler with consumers dropping by show rooms asking if it is available yet. 

     

    Source: Automotive News (subscription required)
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    13 minutes ago, Potluck said:

    Don't get mud in the electric bits.

    I think the implication from the article is that it should have the same capability as a standard ICE drivetrain. 

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    39 minutes ago, Potluck said:

    Don't get mud in the electric bits.

    Same could be said for the fine mechanical bits too! :P 

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    Oh no, Jeep, just NO!!

    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I think the implication from the article is that it should have the same capability as a standard ICE drivetrain. 

    Gonna need charging stations in the hills now as well?! Solar! Oh...wait...HA!!

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    32 minutes ago, USA-1 Vortec 6.2 said:

    Oh no, Jeep, just NO!!

    Gonna need charging stations in the hills now as well?! Solar! Oh...wait...HA!!

    It's a plug in hybrid... it'll have a gasoline engine also, probably the 2.0T or 3.6. 

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    25 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It's a plug in hybrid... it'll have a gasoline engine also, probably the 2.0T or 3.6. 

    A Jeep Prius PI? That's sacrilegious! 🙄😁

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    4 hours ago, USA-1 Vortec 6.2 said:

    A Jeep Prius PI? That's sacrilegious! 🙄😁

    Basically yes... a prius you could off-road. 

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    4 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Basically yes... a prius you could off-road. 

    A Manly Prius at that, Girly Men not allowed! ;) :P 

     

    Yes this is sarcasm for those that cannot tell. :P :D 

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    Imagine being so insecure that your manliness is judged by what's under the hood of your Wrangler.....

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    46 minutes ago, USA-1 Vortec 6.2 said:

    Imagine having to drive a Prius everyday.....

    The prius is terrible to drive. it's the antithesis of a driver's car.  That doesn't make all hybrids bad driving cars. 

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    3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That doesn't make all hybrids bad driving cars. 

    Just got my wife MDX Sport Hybrid.  It is faster and better driving than regular MDX while having much better fuel economy (at least on paper, will see about that).

    0-60 under 6 seconds (according to C&D 5.7sec) is not bad for a three row family crossover.

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    1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The prius is terrible to drive. it's the antithesis of a driver's car.  That doesn't make all hybrids bad driving cars. 

    Prius is a total POS! I never said all hybrids are bad driving cars, the ELR and the Volt, both of which I've driven, were and are great handling cars and I think the EREV Voltec platform was a very good one and we'll see a second gen. for sure. I drove the CT6 Plug-In as well and it's pretty quick and great handling. I do like the instant torque you get off the line with electric motors, pretty cool experience, except for the Prius, just the name makes one wince ;)

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Where has the Prius touched you? 

    I have heard that many a Prius has touched people bottoms!  :P 

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    6 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Where has the Prius touched you? 

    You don't want to know! Ha! It's a Toyota so you know they have barrels out back for you for a reason...can't say it on here have to keep it PG or Drew gets testy 😂

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