When Jeep introduced the latest generation of the Wrangler for the European market, the iconic off-roader was presented with a choice between gasoline and diesel engines. Then the plug-in hybrid model arrived, and going forward, the PHEV will be the only powertrain available. In other words, the 2022 Wrangler on the Old Continent comes exclusively as a 4xe model.
Why is it happening? Because of stricter emissions regulations, of course. By axing the conventionally powered Wrangler, it consequently means customers will not be able to order the competent SUV with only two doors since the 4xe is available only in the more practical four-door body style. It’s not all bad news as the model year change comes with additional tech and safety kit.
It gets automatic high beam headlamp control as well as adaptive cruise control with stop functionality, not to mention full-speed forward collision warning with braking – all offered as standard equipment. These join the previously available front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and a blind spot system. The tougher Gorilla Glass windshield is now available as standard on the Rubicon trim and optional on Sahara, while Silver Zynith Metallic Clear Coat and High Velocity Metallic Clear Coat exterior paints are added to the color palette.
The 2022 Wrangler 4xe arrives on Euro land with a new Sunrider Flip Top, an open-air option encompassing a fabric roof over the driver and front passenger. The rest of the roof consists of a hardtop, combined with the black twill fabric that you will find in other conventional vehicles featuring a folding roof. Jeep will sell this option as a ready-to-install top thanks to the factory-fitted mounting rails and the necessary hardware.
The powertrain stays the same as the 2.0-liter gasoline engine works with two electric motors and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid setup offers a generous 380 horsepower and an ample 637 Newton-meters of torque, enabling the Wrangler 4xe sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.4 seconds. With the battery fully charged, it will cover more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) without sipping any gasoline.
Jeep is already taking orders for its electrified SUV in select European countries, including Spain, Belgium, Italy, and Serbia. More markets will be added before the end of the year.