At the beginning of the year Jeep went all in on electric, promising a rollout of electric versions of its rugged SUVs in the coming years. There was even a Super Bowl ad featuring an electric bicycle. Now those plans are finally here.
At an online reveal Thursday, Jeep showed off the Wrangler 4xe, its first plug-in hybrid coming to the U.S. early next year. It looks like a classic Wrangler, but with a charging port.
The 400-volt, 17-kWh, and 96-cell battery pack is smaller than what you’d find in a Tesla or Chevy Bolt, but it gives an added boost of up to 25 miles of 100 percent electric driving. While the 4×4 vehicle can handle the elements and tough roads, the battery pack is beneath the back seats so it doesn’t get destroyed while off-roading. Like other Wranglers, the electric model can still ford through up to 30 inches of water.
It’s a plug-in, so to get the electric charge you’ll have to, well, plug it in either at a public charging station or at home, though that’ll be a slower charge.
The 4xe comes with a lot of choice. There are three models: the standard 4xe, and more powerful Sahara and Rubicon versions. The plug-in hybrid comes in 10 colors: black, bright white, firecracker red, granite crystal metallic, hella yella, hydro blue, sting-gray, snazzberry, sarge green, and billet silver metallic.
Jeep’s first electric bicycles will start to be delivered within a few weeks. Jeep partnered with e-bike maker QuietKat to develop the 79-pound Jeep E-Bike with a 750-watt motor and a battery with up to 50 miles of range. The first look at the bike appeared during the Super Bowl with a Bill Murray ad. It has thick 4.8-inch all-terrain tires.
The bicycle is available for online pre-orders and will be in six Jeep dealerships across the U.S. for anyone venturing into showrooms. It starts at $5,899. The hybrid Wrangler doesn’t have a price tag yet, but the current Wrangler is about $35,000. Expect the new one to be more — those electric dreams don’t come cheap.