2018 Jeep Wrangler: To Hybrid Or Not
FCA is looking at the prospect of offering hybrid versions of the Jeep and Ram models in 2018. However, no further details have been disclosed up till today except for the word that these vehicles may be mild hybrids.
Since a plug-in hybrid model is already an existing model in its line, it is questionable why the company isn’t considering its powertrain for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and a few Ram models.
Besides the fact that FCA hasn’t mentioned anything on the possibility of parts-sharing with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, it seems pretty much impossible. The Wrangler may not be big enough to make space for the batteries under its passenger area.
The Wrangler is essentially different from the Chrysler Pacifica as it will have to be capable for its off-roading ventures. By putting the batteries below the Wrangler, it may be quite risky as it could be destroyed by stones or other particles on rough roads.
On top of that, both these vehicles may possess different setups as not all consumers will be interested in going green but they most definitely would be keen in anything that offers better fuel economy.
With that, it seems more likely for the Jeep Wrangler hybrid to be fitted with a 48-Volt setup, similar to what Mercedes-Benz is planning for its upcoming line of inline-six engines, than a plug-in hybrid such as the Pacifica.
But, what do you think? Is it really necessary for the Wrangler to take on a mild hybrid system when the SUV will not be able to handle a full hybrid configuration like the Pacifica?