Jeep Wrangler 4xe – Automotive Yearbook

Jeep Wrangler 4xe – Automotive Yearbook


Who doesn’t want an electric Jeep Wrangler? Especially since in some cases, it is also possible to inherit a large SUV capable of carrying five passengers and whose roof can also be removed. This makes it the only electric convertible on the market in Canada. This also makes it the only convertible that can carry five passengers, and it is also less electric.

In short, on paper, the offer if not revolutionary at least has the merit of being quite original. And that’s basically what the Wrangler 4xe offers: an electric group that includes a 17-kilowatt-hour battery powers the wheels for the first 35 kilometers, after which the 2-liter turbo engine takes over.

Oh, I forgot: it’s also, unless I’m mistaken, the only car on the market that has an electric unit mated to an eight-speed transmission. We’re still waiting for the first electric car with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, but here we are getting very close…

All of this put together, we have a relatively large electrified 4×4 whose spec sheet is on par with other hybrids of its kind. Its retail price is also in the same water since its inception, once the government assistance is given, at more than $43,000. The Rubicon version, which has more equipment, costs $ 60,000 before purchase assistance, which drops to less than $ 54,000.

So the question is: are you willing to pay between $43,000 and $50,000 for a trip to an electric clothes dryer? Because that’s exactly what the Jeep Wrangler is: a car with a completely unrefined and disturbing character. It’s fine since it’s been its trademark for 50 years, but it goes against what you’d expect from an electric car. Overall smooth and quiet on the road…

None of that on the Wrangler 4xe. Its very square design results in high wind noise on the highway. Very little wind affects its grip and makes the driver’s assistance squeak, which automatically thinks that you don’t know how to hold the wheel like the world.

Let’s just say it’s far from pleasant. Especially if you also choose snow or off-road tires whose soles have large blocks that will make your car vibrate more…

But then again, it’s all part of the Jeep experience, so to speak.

At the wheel, the power of 35 km does not last long and then, the transfer that it takes is quite greedy. The result: the average consumption almost never reaches the 4.8 liters per 100 kilometers advertised by Jeep Canada. During my test, the best I could do was 8.9 l/100 km.

And that’s because I plugged in the car every night. Otherwise, due to the added weight and battery, the average consumption of the Wrangler 4xe is higher than the full Wrangler. Of course, your results may vary. If you travel 25 km or less every day, and cross rivers and mountains to get to work, you will love this car.

Otherwise, I would like to know its price in the used version in 3-4 years when the first buyers want to get rid of it …

Alain McKenna

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Alain McKenna has covered electronics, technology, automotive, media and finance for 20 years. He has written for the largest daily newspapers in Quebec, is the author of four books and is a regular speaker on Quebec TV and radio on a variety of current topics. .