2020 Jeep Wrangler Hybrid Canada Review – Every trip in a Jeep Wrangler feels like you’re running away with something. The closest thing to this is the feeling you have when, at the age of four, you expelled your Power Wheels from the dead end. Mom’s going to be very angry, and it’ll be worth it.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Hybrid Canada Review
Completely redesigned for 2018, the Wrangler is even more like a Power Wheels now that it is available with an electric motor. It is not the only source of propulsion: a four-cylinder turbo and 2.0 liters does most of the work, but a 22 hp engine performs a dual function as a starter for the start and start system and contributes up to 71 lb/ft of torque by up to Medi or second by moving away from a stop.
Previously, we tested the Wrangler in large part of 285-hp 3.6 liters V-6 and we would venture to say that the Jeep is fast for a 4469-pound body-frame machine that seems to have been designed to help Richard Leakey looking for the remains of Australopithecus. That needed 6.8 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph. With the turbo four, closely related to the engine in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, the Wrangler is even faster. Despite being a little less in power compared to the six, it reaches 60 in 6.5 seconds. It seems relevant to mention that the four are built in Termoli, Italy, and that the Italians hate to lose races.
Behind the folding windshield, the largest difference between the two engines is the idle response capacity of 2.0 liters. With the electric motor full by the time it takes the double-displacement turbocharger to activate, the torque of the hybrid system makes it look like the Wrangler has a 5.9-liter AMC V-8 under the hood. Maximum twist, 295 lb-ft, reaches 3000 rpm. That’s 35 lbs-ft plus 1800 RPM before the V-6 handles. Technically, Jeep Cobra $1000 for the four turbo, but the eight-speed automatic is a mandatory $2000 label, making the four-cylinder Wrangler $3000 more expensive than a manual V-6 and $1000 more than an automatic V-6. Budget accordingly.
Like a Sahara, the Wrangler Unlimited tested here mounts 255/70R-18 tires for all seasons with a nice tread for the street. The new generation model (JL in Jeep-speak) is by far the most manageable and refined Wrangler ever built, and while the quilted side walls of the Sahara help to soften the trip, they also contribute to the smoothness in the direction of the Jeep. Keeping a Wrangler in its lane at freeway speeds is more difficult than solving differential equations, and the direction of the recirculating ball does no favors to the address.
Jeep confirmed plans to produce the Jeep Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) last year and announced today that the 54-year-old Toledo machining plant will produce the plug-in’s Power Electronic module, install the corresponding software and It will perform final tests before the units are shipped to the Toledo assembly plant, where the Wrangler complement will be built.
The Power Electronics module is comprised of the Power inverter module and the Integrated dual loader module, which includes an integrated charger and a DC/DC converter. Jeep mounts the module in a protection structure under the SUV between the exhaust and the drive shaft.
As with most plug-in vehicles, the electric motor (or motors) will provide additional power, improve fuel economy, and should provide a short, fully-electric operating range. Jeep still has to announce which gas engine will be used in the hybrid system, but it could be a 3.6-liter V-6 like the one used in the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.
Currently, the optional 2.0-liter Wrangler turbo-four uses the ETorque soft-hybrid car maker system and offers a 22/24 mpg city/highway with EPA rating in the four-door Unlimited model, and 23/25 mpg at the two-door . That’s a good improvement over the 3.6-liter V-6 and the eight-speed automatic combo that offers 18/23 mpg for both models.
The Wrangler complement is expected to be launched at 2020 and is part of FCA’s commitment to 30 models with electric motors for 2022. The Pacifica Hybrid is currently the only FCA plug-in vehicle and has a nominal capacity of 32/33 mpg with 33-full-electric mile driving range.
A widely accepted and useful idea is to think of these all-terrain vehicles as family pets. If you do, it will put you in an indulgent mood when yours inevitably and unpredictably leans toward a ditch as if the optional LED headlights had seen a squirrel on one side of the road and the steering requires a corrective pull on the strap. Hey, these things are made to roam.
Leaving aside the vague, the JL now behaves with the manners of a simply older SUV, instead of an old one. Despite its solid front and rear axles, the journey is civilized, even compared to cars that did not begin as military transport.
The redesign of 2018 also led the Wrangler’s interior quality to the current industry standards. The appearance is more modern but still robust and consistent with the base price of $42.790 of this Sahara. Our example $1495 leather seat option looks and feels good and brings sewn vinyl to the instrument panel. Also available is the familiar 8.4-inch FCA touch screen, which is easy to read and work, and there are a lot of USB and power ports. Completing the Power Wheels effect is the Top of Sky One-Touch power, which makes a huge hole in the ceiling ceiling over the two rows of seats and covers it with a retractable canvas blanket. The $3995 ceiling leaves a top view that will make you believe you are in a traditional convertible. It will open or close at a speed of up to 60 mph, above the speed at which you presumably go with you the entire America Cup.
In addition to its wide torque, the Turbo Wrangler also offers a significant fuel-saving improvement in the EPA score card, although it does want a more expensive premium fuel to get the maximum power. In EPA tests, a four-door Wrangler with 2.0 liters obtained 22 mpg combined compared to the V-6 model automatically equipped with 20 mpg combined. We handled this Wrangler as a Volkswagen GTI, so we could only handle 18 mpg in daily driving. But in our constant fuel economy test of 75 mph, the 2.0 liters threw 26 fantastic mpg, an improvement of 6 mpg over the V-6.
While the improved mileage of the four cylinders is useful, the fuel economy would not be our main motivator for opting for it. Spend extra money because the 2.0-liter turbo and the electric motor form a Jeep with effortless thrust.