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The original 4x4 continues to evolve with the new electrifie­d Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-in Hybrid

- By Gloria Ghiara

Willys was the forefather of

Jeep. In 1941 it became the first off-road vehicle in history as it tore across the battlefiel­ds of Europe. The 4x4 has since become an icon in both design and reputation, and continues to evolve today with regards to its performanc­e and sustainabi­lity when it comes to its environmen­tal impact.

In short, if 80 years ago the legendary Willys MA / MB introduced the concept of the 4x4 to the world and showcasing the freedom that any terrain could be tackled with the right vehicle, then in the new Jeep Wrangler—willys’ natural heir since 1987—showcases its future, with its all-new electrifie­d ‘4xe’ engine.

Today, thanks to the plug-in hybrid propulsion system, the new Wrangler 4xe modernized that original concept of freedom, which now means not only making off-road eco-friendly without sacrificin­g performanc­e and fun, but also being able to really go anywhere, like, a city’s centre for example.

In full-electric mode you will be able to travel a little in excess of 50 kilometers—enough for most people’s daily commute— with zero emissions. When it comes to ‘refueling’ it is simple and intuitive. The battery can fully recharge in three hours making it ideal for everyday use—all without sacrificin­g performanc­e. In terms of numbers the 380hp of combined power can catapult the vehicle from zero to 100kph in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 130kph in full-electric mode.

Strengthen­ed by its iconic and timeless design—and some stylish “electric blue” details to distinguis­h it—the 4xe is also the most hi-tech Wrangler. Fully connected and safer than ever thanks to the latest generation systems: among the safety equipment as standard, Full

LED headlights, Blind-spot Monitoring system with Rear Cross Path Detection, electronic stability control with Electronic

Roll Migration anti-tipping systems, front and rear park assist and rear view camera within the dynamic grille.

There are two versions available: Wrangler Sahara 4xe and Wrangler Rubicon 4xe. The first is more sophistica­ted, while the second comes kitted out with the maximum equipment for off-roading, and is naturally devoted to the outdoors and more extreme adventures.

The exterior of the vehicles offer a new level of customizat­ion for the Wrangler, with ten liveries available as part of a special colour program. Some options available are: Black, Bright White, Firecracke­r Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Hella Yella, Bullet Silver Metallic, String-gray, plus the yetto-be-released Hyrdo Blue, Snazzberry and Sarge Green —as well as a series of special limited-edition liveries.

To make driving even more unique (and extreme) the ability to add and remove the doors, half-doors, the windshield, and top cover roofing are all made available for the first time for both the Sahara and Rubicon— for adventures that really have no limits.

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The new Wrangler 4xe modernizes that original concept of freedom

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