Jeep wants to try new things with the Wrangler while the Land Rover Defender is off sale. The brand’s head, Mike Manley, revealed to TopGear during the Geneva Motor Show that they are “studying a hybrid Wrangler.”
Manley added that, “Obviously there’s loads of different hybrid methods. For me you need to strike the right balance. We’re not going to allow you to be stranded on a hill somewhere. So fully electric isn’t an option for me. The hybrid tech itself works really well with our brand, with the control that you get. But it’s still a little way out in terms of time.”
As diesel faces a tough challenge amidst tight regulations, Manley says that, “It’s inevitable that you have electrification.” He clarified that there’ll be segments where diesel prospers but it’s not exactly a global solution, unlike hybridization.
That’s not all – Jeep may be hoping on the autonomous bandwagon, as well. Only a small percentage of Jeep owners go off-road “But they’re still driving on roads to get there, and it’s still their daily commuting car. And in those areas we have to be competitive, and that means autonomous driving still needs to be available in Jeeps,” said Manley.
Considering the fact that the next Defender is going to adopt hybrid and autonomous driving tech; so, what Jeep is doing is merely catching up to the Defender by copying its future plans.