This is on a multi-track road, but is currently the only off-road plug-in. There are always exceptions - heavy batteries and the electric motor destroy a Caterham 7, for example - but the same is true for most cars. Consider the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the new hybrid version of the country's favorite rock crawler.
For non-cars, a Wrangler may be synonymous with Jeep. The current-generation Wrangler dates back only to 2017, but it still has many nice markings that go right back to the original WWII Jeep. Large wheels protrude from the body and are protected by a plastic bracket that illuminates the front LED light.
But this isn't a full-size SUV by 2021 standards, measuring 188.4 inches (4786 mm) (including the rear-mounted spare tire). The doors give you a signal that they can be separated using large external hinges. The only real evidence that this hybrid is is a few electric blue parts here and there (like the tow hook) plus a charging port right under the A-pillar on the driver's side.
Get in, pull the uneven door handle, and enter the cab via the dashboard and handle mounted directly to the A-pillar. Design marks of the 1940s continue inside, with the most vertical dashboard I've encountered in many years. This means that the UConnect touch screen is minimally available. Announcements p>
Under the distinctive hood you will find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 270 hp (200 kW) and 400 Nm. There's also a 134 hp (100 kW) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) electric traction motor installed in the front of the eight-speed automatic transmission - in this case the always excellent ZF 8HP.
There is also a two-speed gearbox with 4WD, 4WD, 4WD, 2WD for active on the road. Our tester was the Sahara Wrangler 4xe, which has a Dana 44 open differential front and rear, although limited slip is available in the rear as an option. Harder off-road drivers want more of the Rubicon, which is upgraded with Tru-Lok locks.
Altogether, the hybrid engine produces 375 hp (280 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm). ), making it the most powerful Wrangler ever sold with a V8 Hemisphere engine. (The output has the same torque, which is probably more important in everyday driving as well as off-road.) The engine and engine are connected by a clutch that can stop the internal combustion engine during a 4xe Wrangler. electrical mode.
The lithium-ion traction battery is located under the rear seat. The total capacity is 17.3 kW and the driver can use about 15 kWh of it. When connected to a level 2 charger (240V, AC), it can charge up to 7.2 kW, which takes less than three hours to bring the battery pack back to 100%. In electric mode, a fully charged battery is suitable for an electric range of up to 22 miles, according to Jeep and the Environmental Protection Agency. You can select the driving mode with a button on the dashboard, and there is another button to activate the maximum regenerative brake in this mode, which actually allows you to drive with one pedal.
Other driving modes are integrated, the default mode, which combines an electric motor and a gasoline engine. and e-save, which tells the Wrangler 4xe to use only the internal combustion engine and save the battery for later. By the time you charge the battery, the compact mode should return 49 mpg (4.8 l/100km). But when the battery is empty, output drops to 20 mpg (11.8 l/100km).
To be honest, off-road driving
On the road, the Wrangler 4xe encourages a quiet driving style that will help you get closer to EPA numbers. I won't say the words: The Grangeler has the worst road behavior of any new vehicles I've driven in a while. Between the off-road tires and the powerful front and rear axles, the Jeep follows every bump and bump on the road, moves slightly back and forth in a slight bend, and appears to be moving in a straight line. It is moving at high speeds on the highways, but it is not a special experience.
Across town, with some battery charge and less than 25 mph (40 km/h), it works out as a good runner—except for hunting and moving. However, it does not appear to be the older generation. Damping for the Wrangler 4xe on punctures and the like was excellent and effective to counteract heavy recoil.
This shows that the Wrangler 4xe will be very good off-road, something we can't test. It's really embarrassing not to get there, because that's the main reason for this jeep, and I'm pretty sure an electric offroad car in silence is better than a regular offroad car with engine noise. (Jeep has even built some charging stations on Moab, Utah, as well as the Big Dipper and Rubicon Routes in California.)
Regardless of the trim type, we think a Wrangler 4xe if you can pick up at least part of the Your driving without pollutants for any other reason, select the range. With an MSRP starting at $51,025, the cheapest Wrangler on the line is certainly not at stake, although it does qualify for the $7,500 IRS vehicle tax plug-in. That hasn't stopped Jeep from changing several Wrangler 4xs, partly due to some leases.
For road driving, the Ford Bronco or Land Rover Defender will be more civilized. , and both must be equally capable of being on the right track. But we're still waiting for the Defender plug-in to arrive in the US and for Ford to introduce the electric version of the Bronco. For that reason, I'm willing to forgive Wrangler's specific behavior for the time being. But if you don't want the clay to degrade, you probably shouldn't buy it.
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