Jeep Wrangler, the name instantaneously creates an image in the mind of a mechanical and rugged off-roader. And that image definitely did not include so far the sophistication of a hybrid system. But now Jeep boss Michael Manley has confirmed that the brand is mulling over a hybrid Wrangler. Manley gave the piece of information to Top Gear at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. He went on to say that the new Wrangler needs to retain it off road capabilities, and hence an all electric system has been ruled out. The decision was taken considering the tightening regulations against diesels.
A new Jeep Wrangler is expected to arrive in a few years, and would perhaps have better fuel economy, refined handling, and also greater off-road capability. Jeep is likely come up with a double-cab pick-up variant for the Wrangler.
Incorporation of a hybrid system in Jeeps is the start of it. The brand is understandably considering autonomous driving systems, as the rest of the world is also gripped in ideas about self-driving cars.
Manley admits that Jeeps are used by its customers for off-roading, but one will have to drive to reach that off-road stretch or to use it on their daily commute, and that is where the autonomous system should come into play.
The existing Wrangler Unlimited petrol is powered by a 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine, churning out an impressive 280 hp and 347 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to a four-wheel drive system through a five-speed transmission. The engine also features a new thermal management system and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to offer improved fuel-efficiency.