2018 Jeep Wrangler: Look To Pacifica Hybrid For Clues
FCA will, eventually, develop a Jeep Wrangler JL hybrid but it will not venture into a Wrangler EV, as confirmed by Jeep’s head Mike Manley to AutoExpress.
Manley said that a Wrangler EV will not be suitable for the Jeep brand as its capabilities will be cut short due to the range issues that come with electric motors and batteries.
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Manley said that, “Yes. We have continued our studies on hybridization for the Wrangler, and it’s a balance for us. Obviously there are loads of different hybrid technologies, from mild to 48V through to full battery-electric.”
“For the Wrangler you need to strike the right balance; we don’t want to do something that will leave you stranded on a hillside. So for me, full battery EV is not a great fit. But hybridization works well with the brand because of the attributes that come with electric motors – not just the torque, but also the control,” added Manley.
Back in 2016, Maserati said FCA isn’t capable of developing multiple hybrid system, thus even Maserati hybrids would utilize a variant of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s electric drive setup and 16kWh battery unit.
It’s likely that the Wrangler may get a variant of it, too; possibly the same Atkinson-cycle 3.6L Pentastar V6 mill, as suggested by FCAuthority.