Jeep unveiled the new hybrid Wrangler at the Detroit Auto Show. It’s called the 2023 Wrangler Willys 4xe, and features a number of off-road goodies that customers expect from the brand.
The new Wrangler will be sold with LED headlights and fog lamps as standard. Other goodies will include a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, all floor mats, and 17-inch black painted alloy wheels. Other visual enhancements include a black grille and Willys hood sticker trimmed in a 4xe Electric Blue motif. The Sun and Screen package will be an available option on the Willys 4xe, which adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen and Sky One-Touch Power-Top.
The SUV did not receive a powertrain update, pairing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a hybrid setup with two electric motors for a combined output of 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine is paired with the brand’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic gearbox. It also offers the same 21-mile all-electric driving range as the rest of the Wrangler 4xe lineup and a 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Jeep will give the SUV a factory suspension lift, increase ground clearance to 10.1 inches, and receive a limited-slip rear differential in addition to the regular Wrangler off-road upgrades. The Willys 4xe will feature heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, chunky mud terrain tires, 30-inch air fording, and full-time Selec-Trac 2.72:1 four-wheel drive.
Jeep North America boss and senior VP Jim Morrison called the 2023 Wrangler Willy 4xe, “the best combination of capability and electrification, with a vintage touch.”
The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023 went on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. When it reaches the showroom, it costs $55,590, which includes a $1,595 destination fee but does not include the available $7,500 tax credit. The SUV’s starting price makes it the cheapest Wrangler 4xe hybrid available, beating the 2023 Wrangler Saharah 4xe which starts at $56,360. The price is not too expensive, but still cheaper.