2018 Jeep Wrangler: Worse Off For Hybrid?
FCA is in the midst of contemplation of whether or not to bring about hybrid variants of the Jeep and Ram models in 2018. Till date, nothing has been revealed by the company aside from the statement that these upcoming models may be sporting mild hybrid setups.
There is already a plug-in hybrid model in its current line so it is quite peculiar that the company isn’t considering the same powertrain for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and a couple of Ram models.
Leave aside the fact that the FCA has yet to say anything on the probability of sharing components with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid; this seems quite impossible. This is because the Wrangler may be too small to accommodate the batteries below its passenger seat.
The Wrangler is not the same as the Chrysler Pacifica because the former has to be prepared to handle off-roading activities. Placing the batteries under the Wrangler would only cause damage to it when it’s driven through rough terrains.
Besides that, these vehicles may be coming with totally different configurations as not all buyers would be attracted to the idea of going green but most folks would be interested in anything that promises them improved fuel economy.
So, it is more plausible for the Jeep Wrangler Hybrid to be equipped with a 48-Volt configuration, just like what Mercedes-Benz is looking to fit its soon-to-arrive inline-six engines.
Well, do you think it is important for the Wrangler to substitute a full hybrid setup for a mild hybrid setup as it won’t be able to handle the former option as well as the Pacifica?