How an All-Electric Powertrain Could Power the Jeep Wrangler of the Future

The Jeep Wrangler is considered timeless, iconic, cool, effortless — sort of like James Bond. The biggest secret to its success isn’t only the ability of personalization, or its serious off-road chops, it’s actually the vehicle’s ability to evolve alongside its fanbase without disturbing the features and aesthetics that make a Jeep Wrangler. A hybrid Jeep Wrangler is slated to debut sometime before the end of the year (2020), while the brand continues to expand its powertrain options with the addition of the eTorque mild-hybrid system and the most recent EcoDiesel engine options. According to some recent comments by a  distinguished Jeep executive, an all-electric Wrangler is nothing to fear. 

Speaking to Australian online publication CarAdvice, Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design, mentioned that if Jeep were to produce an all-electric Wrangler model, the brand would not compromise and go all-in. Jeep does not currently have any solid plans to bring a fully electric Wrangler to life, but Allen is not dismissing the possibility of it happening in the future. Should Jeep design a fully electric Wrangler, it would have to be a much better off-roader than the present model — if that’s even possible. 

“I truly believe that if we do an electric Wrangler, sometime in the future, that would actually be a better Wrangler. It would be more capable off-road. It has the ability to do things that we can’t do now,” said Allen. 

An eventual electric Wrangler makes sense given the changing attitudes towards electric vehicles and changing emissions regulations. At some point, offering an all-electric variant is going to become a necessity for automakers, even if that’s in the distant future. Electric vehicles themselves are off-roading monsters when designed accordingly. They offer more torque and have a lower center of gravity when compared to many gasoline-powered vehicles, perfect for off-roading. Allen noted that an all-electric powertrain would help a Wrangler have more control over its individual wheels, thus improving traction and overall off-road maneuverability. Other automakers, such as Rivian — an off-road electric vehicle startup, could certainly pressure Jeep to fast track an all-electric option sooner than later. 

Although many believe that an all-electric Jeep Wrangler would ruffle the feathers of its most ardent enthusiasts, experts tend to disagree. The Wrangler’s powertrain has never been an essential component to the vehicle’s appeal, the brand’s numerous 4×4 systems hold much more weight when it comes to off-roading. The standard engine under the hood of the Jeep Wrangler is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) uses on quite a large number of its vehicles. One of the biggest changes in the Jeep Wrangler’s history is the introduction of the Unlimited trim, a four-door version of the classic off-roader that fans ardently accepted with gusto. If an electric Wrangler looks like a Jeep and conquers plenty of varied terrain like a Jeep, enthusiasts aren’t going to let an all-electric drivetrain stop them. 

It’ll be a while before the Jeep Wrangler experiences any other big changes, as the model was recently redesigned in 2019, but that means that the latest-generation Jeep Wrangler is the best one yet. Visit us at Miami Lakes AutoMall and check out our Jeep Wrangler inventory. Already an avid Jeeper? Know that you can count on our service and parts department for authentic Mopar aftermarket parts to take your Jeep vehicle to new heights. Reach out to us via Miami Lakes Jeep social media if you’ve got any questions, our experts are happy to help!

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