It was last August that FCA announced in a press release that preparations for a PHEV version of the rugged Jeep Wrangler were well underway and that it would hit the market in 2020.
With this date just around the corner, we can only think that the Jeep Wrangler PHEV is close to production.
The plug-in SUV spy shots show below demonstrate that the green hybrid Wrangler’s is almost complete. It can be seen here on the roads of Auburn Hills, Michigan, close to the FCA headquarters.
No word from the manufacturer as to the engine powering the Jeep Wrangler PHEV but we can imagine that it will have the same powertrain as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The latter is driven by a 3.6 L V6 hybrid engine and has a range of up to 51 km in 100% electric mode.
That said, it’s possible that Jeep will use the same electrified engine found in the new plug-in versions of the Compass and Renegade that Jeep unveiled at the last Geneva Motor Show, which have a range of 50 km in all-electric mode.
According to the photographer who followed the Wrangler for nearly 6 miles the Jeep Wrangler PHEV could run on 100% electric mode until about 40 km/h before the gasoline engine started.
We still don’t know if the plug-in Wrangler will be offered only on the 4-door Unlimited models, like the one seen in the photos, or if it will be available on the 2-door too.
From the photos we can see a black vinyl tape on each side of the vehicle, we imagine that under one of these tapes is found the charging port.
According to FCA, the Jeep Wrangler PHEV set to launch in 2020 will be one of the group’s 30 planned vehicles offering an electric variant scheduled to debut between now and 2022.
Are we going to see the Jeep Wrangler PHEV in an Auto Show by the end of the year? Who knows. What we do know is that there is probably no more telling sign of the shift underway in the automotive industry than a PHEV Wrangler.