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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid starts at nearly $50,000, arrives in Q1

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe will arrive at dealerships in January

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The first plug-in hybrid vehicle in Jeep's U.S. lineup finally has a price tag. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe will start at nearly $50,000. Deliveries of the Launch Editions of the model are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2021.

Jeep will launch two models of the electrified Wrangler first, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe Launch Edition and the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Edition.

Both Jeeps offer driver's access to 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The automaker says that the SUVs get from zero to 60 mph in six seconds. This is all while achieving an estimated 50 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe carries a high price tag, but may be eligible for tax incentives.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Under the hood of each model is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission that are paired with a 17 kilowatt hour battery made of lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt. This combination offers three different types of power options: gasoline-only, hybrid, and electric-only.

The Wrangler Sahara 4xe Launch Edition and Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Edition get a unique list of standard premium equipment. The Wrangler Sahara 4xe Launch Edition runs on 20-inch wheels. Its interior features leather-trimmed bucket seats, Jeep's LED Lighting Group, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive system, and Dana 44 HD wide axles.

The Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Edition gets the LED Lighting Group, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a 4:1 Rock-Trac heavy-duty four-wheel drive system.

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is assembled at FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.

The Wrangler Sahara 4xe model carries a starting U.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $47,995 while the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe has a starting MSRP of $51,695. All prices exclude the available $7,500 federal tax credit, any additional eligible state and local credits, and $1,495 destination charges.

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The Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows.

Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee has always been the Jeep that could haul the family to the mall as easily as it could traverse serious off-road terrain. The design was starting to age, however, after ten years on the market without a major redesign. Jeep fixed that for the 2022 model year, and after a week behind the wheel, there are three things we think you should know about the new SUV.

It Comes in Two Formats

The three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 as the first Grand Cherokee with more than two rows of seating. The standard Grand Cherokee followed it with many of the same features and upscale finishes, but in a more familiar two-row SUV format. The move to a two-body-style lineup for the Grand Cherokee does not mean there's less choice. The standard two-row model is offered in a staggering number of configurations, including a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The new Grand Cherokee ups the luxury considerably. Stellantis

It's Luxurious

Top Grand Cherokee trims have long been plusher and more luxurious than most people expect from a Jeep, and the new model takes things further down that road. Top trims feature luxurious materials such as quilted leathers and real wood trim, along with desirable and innovative electronics features. An optional passenger-side touchscreen offers climate controls and other functions to front-seat passengers, and Stellantis' UConnect infotainment software is among the easiest to use and most intuitive interfaces in the auto business.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee can take its passengers far off the beaten path.Stellantis

It's Available with Three Strong Powertrains

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available, and Jeep's excellent 4xe plug-in hybrid can be added to certain trims. The Wrangler was the first vehicle to use the system, which provides instant torque and excellent all-electric driving range. When the battery is depleted below a certain level, the vehicle then switches to operate as a normal hybrid.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

BMW

BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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