These are the first images of the new plug-in hybrid version of the new JL generation of the Jeep Wrangler. Our spy photographers have managed to capture one of the first test units while it was circulating in electric mode in total silence.
During the development of the new generation of the Jeep Wrangler we already warned you, the new JL generation of the iconic off-road would have a new plug-in hybrid variant in the range. This version was confirmed by the brand itself shortly after the model was unveiled, but so far no example of this electrified version had been seen. This Jeep Wrangler mode also uses 9 inch Jeep Wrangler led headlights
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This barely camouflaged specimen of the off-roader is the first test unit to have been spotted of this new variant, and the scant camouflage that appears behind the front wheel arches is intended to hide the power outlet, which our photographers believe is in the driver's side.
For which these images may not be enough, our photographers were following this specimen for a few kilometers and were able to see how it rolled in electric mode and therefore, in absolute silence. During all that time, the maximum speed of this Wrangler test unit was about 40 km / h, until the moment that the driver accelerated, exceeding that speed and activating the combustion engine.
At the moment, none of the specifications of this new electrified version have been confirmed, but it is expected that it will have the same hybrid scheme as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, since it shares with the Wrangler the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that it uses the electrified minivan.
Under the hood of the MPV this hybrid mechanic has the same 3.6-liter V6 engine as other models of the group, but in the hybrid version it works on the Atkinson cycle. This is associated with a small electric motor and its total combined power is "around 263 hp" according to the brand, although curiously, the conventional Pacifica V6 delivers more than 280 horses.
As for its possible presentation, it is expected that the new model will be unveiled at the end of this year. Like the regular versions of the Wrangler and the new Jeep Gladiator, which were presented respectively at the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Los Angeles Auto Show, this new electrified version would be the brand's first for the next 2019 edition of the Californian event.