How FCA Is Making the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV
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For those that want the very best Jeep Wrangler, fuel efficient and highly capable of going anywhere needed, they won’t have to wait long! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) shared some details about the upcoming 2020 Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid. Jeep is on track to have the plug-in hybrid model of the Wrangler in showrooms by 2020. The key components for the PHEV Jeep is set to be made at Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio. FCA reinforced their commitment to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures in each vehicle segment. Let’s focus on the steps FCA has taken to ensure their electric future will be successful as part of a larger plan to expand their EV line-up.
Jeep Will Present the Next Great PHEV
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, is just one of more than 30 vehicle nameplates with electrified powertrain expected by 2022. Across the board, Jeep and FCA will create the next great PHEV option for the SUV, inside of America and made with a focus on launching a reliable EV product. Currently the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, which recently debuted, starts at just $28,295 MSRP (Plus destination fee.) The PHEV version has not had a price point announced, but the details about the process to make it were mentioned in a statement by FCA.
“As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA North America.
More On the Jeep Wrangler PHEV
In regards to the technology on the forthcoming 2020 Wrangler, the Power Electronics module for the Wrangler contains two key electrified powertrain components. The first is the Power Inverter Module and the second being the Integrated Dual Charger Module, which consists of the On Board Charger and the DC/DC Converter.
Jeep has stated that its hybrid tech components will be placed between the SUV’s driveshaft and exhaust in a secure area underneath the car’s body. By upgrading the Wrangler’s standard IC motor to incorporate hybrid technology, which will require the help of around 850 Toledo Machining employees currently making steering columns and torque converters.
Building the PHEV Right
These special parts will be made in the machining plant, properly tested, and then packaged to be sent to the Toledo Assembly Plant where the Wrangler PHEV will be built. Jeep says that the Power Electronics module will reside in a protective structure between the exhaust and drive shaft. The Wrangler’s six-cylinder engine, the Pentastar is quite similar to the one found in the current Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The same plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Pacifica Hybrid is likely almost exactly what will appear in the Wrangler PHEV. The FCA product, the acclaimed Pacifica Hybrid minivan can travel at 75 mph with its electric battery alone and net drivers an electric range of 33 miles. Will Jeep be able improve on this? Jeep might adjust the size of the battery packs, but this is speculation. One thing we don’t have to speculate is how impressive the current line-up of Jeep vehicles is. Find out first-hand at Kendall Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram today.
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