TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe Sahara

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is adding another cult figure to its line-up; a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler. 

The number one cult movie of all time is Rocky Horror picture show. I’ll never forget going to see the original 1975 cult classic with a live audience at the movie theater, at midnight, on Market Street in San Francisco, CA. Everyone was dressed up as an alien transvestite and carrying props. 

When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, members of the audience throw toast into the air. When Frank put on a party hat at the dinner table, everyone put on their party hat. These people knew the movie and played the movie. 

If a brand rivals the Rocky Horror picture show in cult-like status, it is the Jeep. I stopped by a friend’s house, and he told me that not only do the millennials adore the Jeep, but so do the debutantes. If there is one vehicle inside the Jeep that creates the cult status, it is the Wrangler. And, it crosses lines that most cars don’t cross. 


Jeep Off-road Capability Meets Electrification

  • 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe, featuring 375 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft. of torque, Jeep capability, and enough pure electric range to handle most daily commutes, carries a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $47,995 before taking advantage of available $7,500 federal tax credit (all prices exclude destination)
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe has a starting U.S. MSRP of $51,695
  • All Wrangler 4xe models include premium content in addition to standard features on Sahara and Rubicon models.
  • The most technologically advanced Wrangler ever delivers electrified, open-air, quiet off-roading for the first time.
  • Fun-to-drive 4xe experience as electric power delivers immediate response, instant torque, and vastly improved acceleration with smooth, seamless operation.
  • Exclusive 4xe hybrid technology allows for longer trips and more time between fill-ups without range anxiety.
  • Electric vehicle technology and the capability improvements it provides are the natural evolution following 80 years of Jeep 4x4 capability leadership.
  • Deliveries of the Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara 4xe launch editions are on sale now. 
2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe second row

What is the Jeep wave?

The Jeep has its own wave. If a fellow Jeep driver waves at you, you wave back, no matter what Jeep model you drive. Jeep has taken advantage of this friendly feature and created a premium owner loyalty program called Jeep Wave.  

Duck Duck Jeep – Why do Jeep owners give ducks?

A true cult following is organic. I’m not sure when Jeep Ducking started, but it is part of the cult following of Jeep. If you find a Jeep in the wild, you leave a rubber duck somewhere on it for the owner to find. In return, the owner will post a picture of their Jeep being ducked on social media with #duckduckjeep, and then pass the duck along to keep the game going.

On an everyday basis, the Wrangler 4xe can be gasoline-free if you drive less than twenty miles a day. A girlfriend has a plug-in hybrid in Los Angeles, and she has purchased one tank of gasoline since she purchased the van over a year ago. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This configuration maximizes the efficiency of the hybrid propulsion components and mates them with the Wrangler’s world-renowned and proven driveline.

Designing a Jeep 4xe

The first-ever electrified Wrangler is on two trim levels, Wrangler Sahara 4xe and Wrangler Rubicon 4xe, both of which come with additional premium content as standard equipment, including:

  • Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe Launch Edition:
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • LED Lighting Group
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display
  • Nine speaker Alpine® audio system with subwoofer and a 552-watt, 12-channel amplifier
  • 2.72:1 Selec-Trac® Full-Time 4WD System
  • Dana 44 HD wide axles
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Edition:
  • LED Lighting Group
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display
  • Nine speaker Alpine® audio system with subwoofer and a 552-watt, 12-channel amplifier
  • 4:1 Rock-Trac® Heavy-Duty Full-Time 4WD System

The American Jeep brand is part of the multinational automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), which is based in Turin, Italy, has a North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is incorporated in the Netherlands.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Feature with Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems for Stellantis

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe models and pricing:

2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe – starting U.S. MSRP of $47,995

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe – starting U.S. MSRP of $51,695

Model: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe

MSRP: From $51,525

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo I-4

Type and Description: I-4 16-valve with direct injection, turbocharging, with throttled, cooled EGR


Chemistry Lithium Ion Li-NMC

Charging Modes Level 1 — 120V AC, Level 2 — 240V AC

Operating Voltage 260 – 400 VDC

Gross Capacity 17.3 kWh

Maximum Charge Rate 7.2 kW

Power (SAE net) (hp / kW@rpm): 270 hp (200 kW) at 5,250 rpm

Torque (SAE net) (lb.-ft. / N•m): 295 lb.-ft. (400 N•m) at 3,000 rpm


Peak combined power: 375 hp (280 kW) at 5,250 rpm

Peak combined torque: 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) at 3,000 rpm

Tire size: P275/55R20

Curb weight: 5,100 lbs

Towing capacity: 3,500 lbs

Dimensions: 188″ L x 74″ W x 74″ H

Range: 22 mi battery-only, 370 mi total

If you’re looking for a great off-road vehicle with lots more torque, the 4xe is waiting for you at a car dealer near you.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe dash

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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