Jeep has been the king of concept vehicles lately. We saw it in the Farout concept, and now, Jeep just announced two more – the 4xe electric hybrid Wrangler and the high-end performance SUV Grand Wagoneer. These ideas show just how forward-thinking and inspired Jeep’s design philosophy can be, and it’s exciting to see.
Let’s take a closer look at these vehicles, starting with the 4xe. Truth be told, this one is actually not a concept vehicle. It’s slated for sale starting in early 2021, and will be available worldwide.
As an electric hybrid, it uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as its main power plant, and uses two electric motors that can act as a backup. These motors can last only 25 miles on a full charge, however, so they’re not quite at the level of a Tesla, but they are promising. Plus, the torque-y nature of electric motors makes them a viable option for off-roading and a perfect fit for Jeeps that go rock-crawling.
“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.”
It’s an interesting turn of events for a brand closely associated with off-roading and giving drivers an adventure. Time will tell if they become big sellers for Jeep.
On the flipside, the Grand Wagoneer concept looks like it’s targeting a select few: namely, the rich and famous. This high-dollar concept SUV is Jeep’s answer to what defines “American Premium.”
“Wagoneer is unquestionably rooted in the legendary Jeep brand and its unmatched heritage of leading capability, authenticity and freedom, and its return allows us to expand to a much more premium arena with new levels of design detail, and advanced safety and technology features,” said Meunier. “While Jeep vehicles bring leading capability, efficiency and performance across the mainstream SUV market, Wagoneer will ultimately become a portfolio of vehicles that will once again define ‘American Premium,’ making it the standard of sophistication, authenticity and modern mobility.”
Like the 4xe, the Grand Wagoneer concept sports a hybrid drivetrain. However, Jeep is keeping the details close to the chest. Given that Ram 1500 trucks now support hybrid drivetrains, it’s fair to assume the Grand Wagoneer will mirror the 1500. That means a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi with eTorque (aka the electric motor). This power plant generates 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, with an additional 130 pound-feet of torque available.
Of course, for an SUV like this, the real treasure is the interior. Jeep made this interior look amazing and pack in all sorts of bells and whistles. The dashboard supports four screens, three of them touchscreen, for a real 21st-century look and feel inside the Grand Wagoneer. The sound system uses McIntosh technology, which is an industry first, as up to now McIntosh has only been offered for home audio systems. In total, the Grand Wagoneer uses 23 speakers, as well as a 24-channel amplifier. Suffice it to say, if you’re a music lover, you’ll really dig the Grand Wagoneer!
What do you make of these new vehicles from Jeep? Which one would you rather have? Let us know in the comments below.