Jeep's 4xe plug-in hybrid propulsion system has won the "Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems 2022" award for the second year because of its quiet operation and improved off-road performance. After naming the Jeep Wrangler 4x4 the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the United States in 2021, the editors of WardsAuto ranked the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 among the top 10 this year.
Spectacular: the start/stop system makes it a breeze, and the transitions between the gas and electric engines are seamless. An engineering marvel, as one WardsAuto judge put it: Dave Zoia.
Two electric motors, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 17-kilowatt-hour battery make up Jeep's 4xe propulsion system for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler. By switching between the three available E Selec modes—a hybrid, Electric, and eSave—the driver may optimize the vehicle's propulsion system for the upcoming journey. eSave helps preserve battery power for later use and can transmit energy to the battery pack while the I-4 engine is running. When using regenerative braking, energy is returned to the battery.
Meanwhile, sales of vehicles equipped with 4xe plug-in hybrid technology remain high. The Jeep 4xe SUV lineup is the best-selling model in Italy's LEV sector, which comprises all makes and models of plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. To become the most popular electrified SUV brand in the world, Jeep has already announced a detailed plan for the next generation of 4xe electric vehicles. By 2025, experts in the field of 4xe technology predict the debut of four fully electric SUVs in North American and Europe markets. As part of an all-encompassing product plan, Jeep has committed to having half of its U.S. sales be entirely electric vehicles by 2030, with all European sales being electric by the same year. Stellantis's zero net CO2 emissions by 2030 ambition in its Dare Forward 2030 long-term strategic plan has been fully embraced by this plan.