This is the new Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe
Wrangler gets the Willys treatment with heavy-duty parts and much ground clearance
This, ladies and gents, is the US market’s new entry-point into the best-selling plug-in hybrid in America, the Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.
You’ll be familiar with the powertrain no doubt: a 2.0-litre turbo four-pot engine is twinned with a pair of electric motors for 375hp and 470lb ft, while a 17kWh battery affords 21 miles of range.
More importantly though, this Willys edition gets a 2.72.1 Selec-Trac, full-time 4WD system and heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, and a suspension lift of 10.1 inches gives water-fording ability up to 30 inches deep (that’s 75cm, metric fans).
There are mud-terrain tyres too, as well as 17in painted black alloys, a black grille, and of course special Willys decals to complete the very rugged, very doorless look.
As standard you get LED headlights and foglights, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, all-weather floor mats, a rear limited-slip differential and rock rails to protect against boulders and such like.
“Jeep Wrangler 4xe customers looking for the ultimate combination of capability and electrification, with a vintage twist, can now have it in the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of the Jeep brand in North America.
Better still, this represents a new entry-point into plug-in hybrid Wrangler ownership, with prices starting from $53,995 (excluding $7,500 of tax credit and a $1,595 destination fee).
Order books are open now, with the first deliveries set to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022.
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