2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid has 25 miles of electric range

It's everything we love about the Wrangler with some welcome electric assist.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The 4xe pretty much looks like your standard Wrangler.


After giving us our first look at CES 2020, finally divulged all of the 2021 Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid details on Thursday and I am 100% here for it. Finally, an off-road vehicle that can really tread lightly with 25 miles of electric range -- enough to do the Rubicon Trail -- as well as gobs of torque and that open-air Jeep goodness.

The Wrangler 4xe is powered by Jeep's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 17-kilowatt-hour battery. The turbo engine is good for 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the eTorque starter-generator adds an additional 44 hp and 39 lb-ft. The electric motor is rated at 134 hp and 181 lb-ft and, all combined, Jeep says the Wrangler 4xe has a total system output of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft.

How's that compare to the rest of the Jeep Wrangler's engine options? Quite nicely. The 4xe is absolutely the most powerful engine of the bunch.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Engine Specs

4xe PHEV2.0-liter turbo I43.6-liter V63.0-liter turbodiesel V6
Power 375 hp270 hp285 hp260 hp
Torque 470 lb-ft295 lb-ft260 lb-ft442 lb-ft

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Other than its plug-in hybrid powertrain, the 4xe is just, you know, a Jeep. It will be available in base 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe models. The first two get the Selec-Trac transfer case that allows for full-time four-wheel drive with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The Rubicon will get the more robust Rock-Trac system with full-time four-wheel drive and a 4.0:1 low range. Go for the Rubicon if you want standard front and rear locking differentials and a 77.2:1 crawl ratio.

The 4xe can ford 30 inches of water and has excellent approach, breakover and departure angles, as well as great ground clearance. In fact, the Sahara 4xe gets a degree or so better approach and breakover angles than the non-hybrid model. The Rubicon's approach and breakover angles remain largely the same. However, both models lose a bit in departure angle and the Rubicon takes a hit in ground clearance.

The one glaring issue, however, is weight. Depending on the model, the plug-in hybrid system adds anywhere from 694 to 804 pounds. That extra weight is sure to effect performance, especially in the soft sand. Prepare to air down those tires, folks!

2021 Jeep Wrangler Off-Road Specs

Wrangler BaseWrangler SaharaWrangler RubiconWrangler 4xe Base / SaharaWrangler 4xe Rubicon
Approach angle 41.4 deg41.8 deg43.9 deg42.2 deg43.8 deg
Breakover angle 20.3 deg21.0 deg22.6 deg22.0 deg22.5 deg
Departure angle 36.1 deg36.1 deg37.0 deg35.2 deg35.6 deg
Ground clearance 9.7 in10.0 in10.8 in10.1 in10.8 in
Cargo space (seats up / down) 31.7 / 72.4 cu-ft31.7 / 72.4 cu-ft31.7 / 72.4 cu-ft27.7 / 67.4 cu-ft27.7 / 67.4 cu-ft
Curb weight 4,196 pounds4,406 pounds4,478 pounds5,000 / 5,100 pounds5,222 pounds
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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The 4xe should get about 25 miles of electric range on a full charge.


Visually, the Wrangler 4xe distinguishes itself with cool Electric Blue highlights on the tow hooks and badges. Jeep even says select Easter eggs get the blue coloring, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

A number of Jeep performance parts will be available, including a 2-inch lift that's compatible with the hybrid powertrain and owners will be able to get a 240-volt home charger from Amazon. There's no word on how long the 4xe will take to charge, but my experience with plug-in hybrids says somewhere in the two- to three-hour range. 

Pricing is also unavailable right now, but expect that to be revealed in the coming months. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe models should be in dealerships near the end of the year.