The rustic Jeep Wrangler as a plug-in hybrid

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When everything wants to be more environmentally friendly, Jeep shouldn’t be left behind. The plan was recently announced to become the greenest manufacturer of off-road vehicles. After the softened models like the Renegade, it recently caught the outdoorsman in the range, the Wrangler was electrified. Now the enthusiast of the automotive veteran Kummer is used to, he had to accept a slim four-cylinder with only two liters of displacement instead of a big V 8 for the new edition, which however cut a good figure in the test two years ago. The 270 hp unit has now been expanded to include a charging socket and a nominally 17.3 kWh battery, and an electric motor with an output of 107 kW was placed between the petrol engine and the gearbox. Both together add up to a system output of 380 hp.

Lukas Weber

Editor in the “Technology and Engine” section.

Can that go well? The acceleration to 100 km / h is reduced by one second to 6.4, but the normal Wrangler is also fine. The 4xe baptized PHEV can drive purely electrically, a range of more than 40 kilometers should be possible. It shrinks to a few kilometers when you are traveling at 130 km / h, more is not possible electrically. We came gently rolling for 48 kilometers, the sound of scare pedestrians reminiscent of brake disks with rust film.

Recharging with 230 volts or at the wallbox is a bit sobering: The lithium battery consumed 15.7 kWh, which means that the information in the brochure includes a buffer for the hybrid drive and that the minimum electrical consumption is beyond the 30 kWh. It is gratifying, however, that the electric motor is sufficiently powerful that the urge does not arise constantly to have to call the combustion engine for help with a courageous burst of gas.

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In conjunction with the eight-speed automatic, the interaction of the forces can largely convince, the driver must of course get used to the fact that the electric motor starts immediately and the gasoline engine only reports violently to work after a brief turbo lag. The Wrangler involves the engines as it sees fit, superfluous programs for this and that do not exist. What is happening in the drive can be called up on the display, but the display is not particularly clear. Recuperation is possible in two stages, and there is also a button with which the battery level can be maintained or charged. For people who are bothered by the constant bustle through the corridors, the manual mode is recommended. Because in a club, the drive is extremely elastic. Already from little more than idling speed you can accelerate in high gear, it then ranges from 70 to 180 km / h.


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