To satisfy its thirst in a segment where it is already leading the way, Jeep Wrangler added the Willys 4xe to its already dominant lineup. As models like the Sahara 4xe, Rubicon 4xe and High Altitude 4xe flood the market, Willys 4xe will be an additional badge in the shiny armor in the Wrangler 4xe range. High on the success of the Wrangler 4xe in the PHEV segment, the Willy 4xe will strive to please the purists who have a love-hate relationship with the tarmac.
The Willys 4xe gets the same powertrain as the Wrangler 4xe
With the acceptance that the PHEV segment has gained in the US market, it was only natural that Jeep would continue to expand its current range of hybrids. The Willys 4xe delivers the same numbers as the rest of the 4xe range. It has the same 2-liter turbo-inline-four engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is complemented by the same 17 kWh battery as in the rest of its predecessors. This blend of gasoline and electricity provides 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Jeep claims this setup is good enough to give you 49 miles of fuel economy per gallon equivalent. The battery alone can get you 21 miles before it dries out.
Going out into the wild with an all-electric powertrain may not seem like a smart idea to most. But an engine that supports the capabilities of a powerful enough engine while eating those rocks and boulders for breakfast, lunch and dinner is certainly an added bonus.
How capable is the green version of off-roading?
For decades, off-roaders have been considered one of the standard bearers of global warming. Things started to change with EVs, but many were wary. Hybrids managed to bridge the gap with a perfect balance between emissions and battery power. The success of Wrangler 4xe proved the fact that glaciers don’t have to melt to climb a mountain. Give the 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft numbers a package of full-time 4WD system and suspension lift that delivers 10.1 inches of ground clearance, and you’re ready to go in any direction you want, straight from the dealer. The 30-inch wading capacity pretty much means you can drive over any obstacle as long as it’s legal. Add a limited-slip rear differential and 17-inch black-painted alloy wheels on mud-terrain tires to enter the zone between bravery and stupidity. Heavy-duty Dana 44 axles front and rear, and a two-speed, low-ratio transfer case let you crawl on those boulders as long as the laws of physics allow. Skid plates allow you to stay as deep in the jungle as you want without damaging the lower abdomen. The blue tow hooks at the back help you get out of a difficult situation with a little help from the outside world.
The price of cost-effectiveness
Even if it’s the most affordable 4x, it still costs a whopping $54,000. After deducting the $7,500 EV tax credit, the price will drop slightly below $48,000. An Alpine audio system with nine speakers and LED headlights and fog lamps, in addition to the fun it promises to deliver, make up for the price to some extent. Jeep has started accepting orders for the new Wrangler Willys 4xe and deliveries are expected to begin sometime towards the end of 2022.
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The perfect balance between utility and sensation
More often than not, we have to choose between two cars to decide which one to take home with us. Usually the cars that are exciting, exciting and powerful burn a hole in the pockets. That is why we are obliged to go for a car that is more utility-oriented and looks nothing like the daredevil category we have discussed.
With the Wrangler 4xe series, Jeep not only found the balance between practicality and excitement, but also gave its consumers the opportunity to be cost-effective in the face of rising fuel prices worldwide. So it only made sense for Jeep to turn to its heritage and bring back the “Willys” moniker for its latest gear in the Wrangler 4xe series.
Those who do not intend to move their Willys 4xe from one terrain to another can also be used for daily chores. The three modes – Hybrid, Electric, eSave – allow you to choose between different combinations to suit your lifestyle. If you plan to use it regularly to get to work and back, you can choose electric mode and run on battery until the battery reaches the minimum level.
There is no doubt that the PHEV segment is gaining popularity in the US market and the success of the Wrangler 4xe series is a good step for many enthusiasts around the world. With the arrival of the Willys 4xe, the more serious ‘Jeepers’ around the world have a perfect tool for venturing into the unknown.