Jeep Planning a Hybrid Drivetrain?

The 2015 Jeep® Wrangler is not now, nor has it ever been, a vehicle known for its industry-leading efficiency. Obviously today's consumer is very concerned about efficiency, as is today's government, but to date the Jeep Wrangler has always had to sacrifice fuel economy for the betterment of performance because frankly, that's the number one reason people buy this niche vehicle. It goes off-road nearly anywhere, and there just aren't a lot of hybrid engines that could handle that sort of driving.

Well, the good news is that sometime in the not-too-distant future, Jeep hopes to make it so that Wrangler owners can have their metaphorical cake and eat it too, as there are plans to develop the brand's first-ever plug-in hybrid drivetrain for a future version of the Wrangler.

Before purists and long-time fans of Jeep vehicles get too concerned about whether or not this will be at the behest of performance, fret not. FCA wants to improve efficiency in its vehicles, and the Wrangler in particular, but only if the technology can make that happen without sacrificing all the great power and driving dynamics that have made the Wrangler our most iconic vehicle.

The goal is to have this happen over the course of the next few years, so the drivetrain is neither ready to roll nor readily available, but the good news is that it will be coming soon, and that's great news for Jeep, for drivers and for the environment. It's a classic win-win-win situation!
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