Jeep adds new Willys 4xe to PHEV lineup

At the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, Jepp introduced the new heritage-inspired 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe to the Wrangler 4xe electrified lineup.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe customers looking for the ultimate combination of capability and electrification, with a vintage twist, can now have it in the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe. The debut of the new heritage-inspired 2023 Wrangler Willys 4xe par 49 MPGe, 470 lb-ft of torque with unmatched Jeep capability, a 2.72:1 4WD low range, heavy duty Dana 44 axles and a new entry price point to the 2023 model year Wrangler 4xe lineup, which continues to be the best-selling plug-in hybrid in America.

—Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe features 375 horsepower, 470 lb-ft (637 N·m) of torque, a 17 kWh battery that delivers 21 miles of all-electric range, a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system, 30-inch hydraulics , heavy-duty Dana 44 axles and mud-terrain tires. The Willys 4xe factory suspension lift provides 10.1 inches of ground clearance.

Starting at a US Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $53,995 (excluding $7,500 tax credit and $1,595 destination), the Willys 4xe brings a new entry-level price to the Wrangler 4xe lineup, joining the Rubicon 4xe, High Altitude 4xe and Sahara . Ordering the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe is available now.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe is assembled at Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio. Vehicles are scheduled to begin arriving at dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a fuel-efficient, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This configuration maximizes the efficiency of the hybrid propulsion components and combines them with Wrangler’s world-renowned and proven powertrain.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is a high-tech, direct-injection engine that uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger for exceptional responsiveness, performance and fuel efficiency.

The high-voltage liquid-cooled eTorque engine-generator, mounted on the front of the engine, replaces the conventional alternator. The engine generator spins the engine for near-seamless, fuel-saving start-stop operation and generates electricity for the battery pack. A second high voltage motor generator is much more powerful. This large e-motor is mounted on the front of the transmission and is the key to pure electric operation of the Wrangler Willys 4xe.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xes 400-volt, 17 kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery uses nickel-manganese cobalt (NMC) graphite chemistry. The packaging and controls are mounted under the seat in the second row, where it is protected from the elements.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe driver can tailor the hybrid powertrain to best suit each journey:

  • Hybrid: The standard mode mixes torque from the 2.0-liter engine and the electric motor. In this mode, the drivetrain will use battery power first and then add propulsion from the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 when the battery reaches a minimum state of charge.

  • Electric: 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 such as EV off-road driving 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.

All Wrangler Willys 4xe power modes are available when the powertrain is switched to 4Lo. Enthusiasts will find that the instant availability of torque from the Wrangler Willys 4xes electric motor provides a more precise and controlled driving experience for climbing and crawling – there’s no need to build up engine revs to get the tires moving, minimizing shock loads on the drivetrain and maximizing control and speed.

Wrangler Willys 4xe includes Selec-Speed ​​Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-Descent Control. This allows the driver to control the speed of the vehicle up and down steep, rugged hills with the gear lever.

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