After unveiling the fifth-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee in January, Stellantis (formerly FCA) is now working on the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV. The plug-in hybrid variant of the SUV was caught on test by TFLnow in the Rocky Mountains recently.
As is the case with 4xe Jeeps, the Grand Cherokee 4xe looks identical to its donor model. The plug-in hybrid variant may get a set of subtle visual changes like distinctive alloy wheels, an exclusive body color, a unique accent color on some exterior elements like the tow hooks and the badges, and a 4xe badge. Inside, unique color-coding could be the only change.
Video Source: YouTube/TFLnow
The spy video shows a fifth-gen Grand Cherokee test mule reversing and driving out of a parking lot silently, which indicates that we’re observing the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant. The aerodynamic wheel design is another tell-tale sign of electrification. The shorter length suggests that it is not the three-row L version that was unveiled in January but a yet-to-be-presented shorter, two-row version, which will get sold globally.
The fifth-gen Grand Cherokee 4xe variant and two-row version were officially confirmed at the time of its debut. “The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row and its 4xe electrified version are scheduled to start production at the Mack Assembly Plant later in 2021,” read the press release.
There’s no word on the specifications of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. The powertrain used in the plug-in hybrid variant could be similar to that of the Wrangler 4xe. For reference, the Wrangler plug-in hybrid’s system integrates a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline mill, two electric motors, the ZF 8P75PH 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 400-volt, 17 kWh battery pack. The end result is 375 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft. of torque, an estimated 50 MPGe, and a 25-mile EV mode range.
What is the release date of the Jeep Grand Cherokee hybrid (PHEV)?
Stellantis has confirmed the year-end production launch for the Grand Cherokee 4xe variant.
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