July 15, 1941 is the most important moment in the history of the Jeep brand. Although the brand name itself did not yet exist at the time, as it grew mostly out of the nickname of their first car, we still consider this to be the starting date for the Jeep. Following the award of the U.S. Army tender, the Willys-Overland Company and the U.S. Army signed a contract that day under which they became suppliers of the new light SUV.
It’s been 80 years today, and the brand is now celebrating by telling us what the future holds, how the Jeep is envisioned in a vision full of electric and electric vehicles. In a word: boldly. They stick to the traditions, but they are moving with the times, and with every new model they are already giving us the opportunity to use them even purely electrically.
“We are committed to making the Jeep brand the greenest and most exciting SUV manufacturer of the future,” said Christian Meunier, CEO of Jeep, at the brand’s online press conference. With the advent of 4Xe plug-in hybrid powertrains, Jeep quickly entered an area we wouldn’t necessarily have expected because of tradition. And not only for SUVs destined for the city like the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and the new Wagoneer, but also for the classic Wrangler, this development has been stepped up.
It’s weird to imagine that Wrangler’s customer base would be just worried about how they could protect their environment, even though they might be the ones to walk in an area where that might be especially important. In addition, the Jeep also highlights important features for them, such as driving in complete silence, off-roading, so that driving in nature can be taken to a whole new level, and we won’t even have to give up the well-proven Wrangler.
The Wrangler 4Xe is currently getting a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of 380 horsepower and 637 Nm of system power. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine as the main unit, and after the electric motor, the Wrangler’s switchable all-wheel drive also appears in the same way. Due to the electric torque and more meticulously dispensing power of the electric motor, it is able to move much more carefully in the field than conventional powertrains, which is why this Jeep sees a great future.
And with that, they’ve just embarked on the Jeep trend of the future, because full electrification is the goal, and a model could arrive within years that no longer has an internal combustion engine at all. We have already been shown drawings and rough plans on this, on which we can mostly observe the preservation of important cornerstones of the brand.
In addition to the classic features, as much openness as possible is also an important part of Jeeps, ie removable roofs and doors, folding windscreens will also be included in the future. With electric floorboards and space-saving electric motors, they gain much more space for the chassis, the bodywork can be smaller with extremely short overhangs, but you don’t have to give up an open bodywork, especially not off-road capabilities. In these, a new electric model can even grow on the head of the current Wrangler.
Jeep plans to sell 70% of its sales by 2025 with models that are also powered by electric propulsion. The recently introduced new Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L, which also received a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time in the brand’s history, can greatly contribute to this.
The future will also show very colorful images for the Jeep. The plans include self-driving – yes, even in the field – which will also be thoroughly worked out for the brand’s most important model, the Wrangler. How seriously they take electric propulsion is a good indication that this year’s Jeep Easter Safari, on which the brand has to prove itself in front of hard-line fans in the Moab Desert, has already installed its own electric charging pole. In addition, hybrid jeeps can already find columns on which to charge their cars at the starting point of the off-road nightclub, the Wrangler Pass.
Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.
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