FCA Admits Doubts Over Jeep Wrangler Hybrid Powertrain
FCA has already said that they will launch a Jeep Wrangler hybrid but the boss of the brand, Mike Manley, believes that launching an electric version of the Wrangler would be taking a step too far.
He said that the Jeep Wrangler EV would be suitable for the Jeep brand, which is known as a go anywhere vehicle. This would be due to the issues with range and issues that have been associated with electric motors and batteries. He said that they are undecided on the type of hybrid system to give the Jeep Wrangler hybrid as they wanted to get a good balance between electric and gas power for going off the road.
The Jeep Wrangler hybrid would need to have the right balance as the company doesn’t want to launch a vehicle that would leave people stranded out on a hillside somewhere. Due to this a full battery EV would not be suitable. Hybridisation would work well with the Wrangler thanks to attributes with the electric motor and he said that he wasn’t just talking about torque but also control.
If FCA came up with a hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler and if that vehicle was robust, it might be enough to convince the real enthusiasts of Jeep to go out and buy one.
It was just last year when Maserati said that the FCA didn’t have what it takes to develop multiple hybrid systems. The Maserati hybrids use the electric drive system along with the16kWh battery of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and it is thought that the Jeep Wrangler hybrid may also make use of the same engine, possibly the Atkinson-cycle 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine.