The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off on January 7th (2020) and is the designated place to be for new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. Attendees have the chance to explore three of Jeep’s upcoming plug-in hybrid models: the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the Jeep Renegade 4xe, and the Jeep Compass 4xe. All three models are scheduled to launch sometime in 2020, but aren’t quite ready to be driven just yet, so Jeep is offering attendees a virtual reality (VR) based test drive instead.
The Jeep 4×4 Adventure VR Experience simulates a ride on the Jeep Wrangler 4xe model while on the famed Hell’s Revenge trail in Moab, Utah. CES attendees are more than welcome to take it for a virtual spin if they’re up for the challenge. These new plug-in hybrid variants are part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) widespread effort to electrify its brands across the board. According to its five-year electrification plan unveiled in 2018, FCA plans to electrify more than 30 models by 2022. Jeep already teased the plug-in variants of its Compass and Renegade models at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, both models have up to 240 horsepower and an all-electric range of 31 miles.
Jeep will likely reveal horsepower figures and other features for the Wrangler, Renegade and Compass 4xe at CES, along with pricing or launch dates at a later date. The upcoming Geneva, New York and Beijing Auto Shows are good candidates for the big reveal, according to automotive experts. Enthusiasts brave enough to try the Jeep 4×4 Adventure VR Experience will ride in a Wrangler Rubicon retrofit, equipped with hydraulic cylinders at each wheel. Thus, the Wrangler’s movements will mimic data recorded from the Utah trail while participants glance at matching scenery and virtual surroundings.
Those in the driver’s seat of the VR experience will also have the opportunity to compete as teams as they traverse the Hell’s Revenge trail. FCA plans to add new trails as it brings the simulator to auto shows around the world. The plug-in variants are intended to help parent company FCA meet U.S. fuel economy standards and reshape the brand’s optics as it shifts away from gas-guzzling SUVs. “Electrification, including upcoming no-compromise Jeep 4xe vehicles, will modernize the Jeep brand as it strives to become the leader in ‘green’ eco-friendly premium technology,” FCA said in a statement.
A new design concept — “Airflow Vision,” is debuting alongside the 4xe variants as well. FCA said in a statement that the vehicle concept was designed to showcase “the next generation of premium transportation,” and how passengers can rely on and interact with advanced auto technologies. FCA is also showcasing the all-new all-electric Fiat Centoventi to CES, a concept vehicle that already made an appearance in 2019 at the Geneva Auto Show.
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