- To celebrate 30 years of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep is bringing a new Anniversary edition to this year’s Detroit auto show, complete with dark badges, 20-inch alloy wheels and black ventilated leather seats.
- The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023 is the new entry-level Wrangler, and has all the blue “authentic retro cues” you’d expect from a plug-in-hybrid powertrain in an old-school Willys Jeep.
- Also, there is a big duck.
Jeep celebrates birthdays, more Willys from the past, and the appearance of a six-story inflatable duck at this year’s Detroit auto show. The world’s largest duck is poised to grab social media attention, but the two new vehicle editions are the real attraction here.
The first is the 30th Anniversary 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, which adorns the Grand Cherokee 4xe with a handful of unique design elements, most notably the modified front fascia with the signature blue tow hook. The 20-inch wheels are brand new, and there are dark exterior details and special edition badges to be found all around the vehicle, along with body-colored bumpers and cladding. Inside, the Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary comes with black Capri leather seats (ventilated at the front), a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen that runs Uconnect 5 with navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
Under these distinctive design touches, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe retains its 25-mile electric range and 56-MPGe efficiency rating. The SUV’s hybrid powertrain produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and offers the ability to tow up to 6,000 pounds. Jeep will begin taking orders for the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition later this year. The limited edition pack will cost $4700, and the first deliveries will be made in early 2023.
Another new Jeep trim introduced at the show was the Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023. The Wrangler Willys 4xe is now the entry-level Wrangler 4xe, priced at $55,590 before incentives. That’s $600 less than the current low price of the Wrangler 4xe, Sahara trim. The Wrangler Willys 4xe retains the same 49 MPGe as the other trims and offers 21 miles of electric range from a 17.0 kWh battery. That’s a mile less than the 2022 four-door Wrangler 4xe can handle. The new Wrangler Willys plug-in hybrid uses a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive system. It offers 30 inches of fording water and is equipped with a factory suspension lift that provides 10.1 inches of ground clearance.
It should come as no surprise that Jeep emphasizes aspects of the legacy of the latest Willys model. Encompassing a state-of-the-art plug-in-hybrid powertrain—which offers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque—is an exterior full of what Jeep calls “authentic retro cues.” It includes a Willys sticker on the hood along with Electric Blue accents on the badge, reminding those in the know that this belongs to Jeep’s lineup of electric cars.
Jeep is also offering a $3,100 Sun and Screen package for the new Wrangler Willys 4xe with power top and 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4C and navigation. The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023 can be ordered now, and deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Okay, here’s the duck.
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