As one of the most popular vehicles in North America, the Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited (JL) has continued to evolve since its debut for the 2018 model year.
It wasn’t long after the launch of the JL that Jeep realized there is a niche of customers who prefer a more luxury-oriented offering. But the Jeep team didn’t want to sacrifice the Wrangler’s iconic style and off-road capability. So in 2020, Jeep presented the Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude.
Based on the Sahara trim, the High Altitude is packed with standard amenities. For example, for the first time ever, High Altitude offered 20-inch wheels on a factory Wrangler. The package also adds things like full LED exterior lighting and matching body color treatments to the hardtop, fenders, door mirrors, door handles, tailgate handles, as well as the front and rear bumpers. There are even running boards with an integrated step, which affects the off-road worthiness of the vehicle but allows for easier disembarkation for passengers.
Inside the cabin, the Wrangler High Altitude features a luxurious full leather interior with a leather-trimmed dash, center console and door panels, and quilted Nappa leather seats. Two interior color options Black and Steel Gray (shown here), as well as a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, are also offered.
A host of technology and other premium features are also standard on the High Altitude models: an 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment touchscreen with GPS navigation, Alpine premium sound system, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, automatic high beam control, remote keyless entry input, Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross-Path Direction and ParkView rear reversing camera that features dynamic grid lines.
The particular model shown here is from our friends at White Rock Dodge in Surrey, British Columbia and features the 4xe plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) propulsion system.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe PHEV powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a fuel-efficient, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering 49 MPGe (4.8 Le/100 km) and 21 miles (35 kilometers ) of all-electric range. This configuration maximizes the efficiency of the hybrid propulsion components and combines them with Wrangler’s world-renowned and proven powertrain. The combined output of the system is good for 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
The High Altitude 4xe driver can tailor its hybrid powertrain to best suit each journey, whether it’s meeting the needs of most daily commutes in pure-electric operation, a night on the town or leisurely off-road exploring.
- Hybrid: Standard mode mixes torque from the 2.0-liter engine and the electric motor. In this mode, the powertrain will use battery power first and then add propulsion from the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four when the battery reaches minimum state of charge
- Electrical: The drivetrain operates on zero-emission electric power only until the battery reaches minimum charge or the driver requests more torque (like wide-open throttle), which engages the 2.0-liter engine
- eSave: Prioritizes propulsion from the 2.0-liter engine and saves the battery charge for later use as an EV off-road or urban areas where the internal combustion engine is limited. The driver can also choose between battery saving and battery charging during eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect monitor
High Altitude 4xe models come with a Selec-Trac two-speed transmission with full-time four-wheel drive and a low gear ratio of 2.72:1. This full-time two-speed transmission is intuitive and allows the driver to set it and forget it, while constantly sending power to the front and rear wheels.
For 2023, High Altitude models are available in 5 exterior colors: Black, Light White, Hydro Blue, Silver Zynith and Sting-Gray.
As the best-selling PHEV in the US and Canada, Jeep continues to focus on expanding its Wrangler 4xe lineup. Recently, Jeep introduced the heritage-inspired Willys 4xe model that offers a new entry-level price for its PHEV SUV. It shows the brand’s commitment to its electrified Wrangler portfolio, as Jeep continues to look to expand its lineup to offer a PHEV to suit everyone’s needs.
For more information on availability, prices and current tax credits, please contact your local Jeep dealer.
- Iconic Jeep look
- Not limited to electric range, thanks to the PHEV powertrain
- The 4xe system adds to the Wrangler’s capabilities
- Steel gray interior color looks really good
- eSave mode
- Instant “Mall Crawler” status
- Reasonable price tag
- No electrically operated driver’s seat
- Transfer case can rest against higher driver’s legs
- The back seat not so comfortable for adults on long journeys
2023 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude 4xe Image Gallery: