Jeep Grand Wagoneer Will Offer a Hybrid Variant
Jeep’s upcoming push into the luxury market with the 2019 Grand Wagoneer will also enter fresh territory that has a hybrid variant. Jeep brand chief Mike Manley said in which, considering the timeline of the Wagoneer’s debut (expected for 2018), some level of electrification will be a “required” part of the lineup as well as also strongly hinted in which the gasoline-electric edition of the SUV will use a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Already, the Volvo XC90, BMW X5, as well as also Porsche Cayenne all offer plug-in-hybrid variants.
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler is usually also slated to offer a hybrid powertrain, so the idea stands to reason in which the two SUVs will share some components such as electric motors as well as also/or battery packs. the idea’s possible in which the Jeep hybrids could use elements of the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid’s drivetrain, too. Some adjustments will be necessary, however, considering in which the Pacifica rides on a front-wheel-drive platform as well as also the Jeeps will be rear-drive based, with four-wheel drive a necessity.
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Current estimates place the repeatedly delayed Grand Wagoneer’s arrival sometime in 2018 as a 2019 product. Manley said the company is usually still evaluating whether to offer a choice of wheelbase lengths for the Grand Wagoneer. The vehicle is usually required to use a edition of the next-generation Grand Cherokee’s platform as well as also will offer three rows of seats. In addition to the hybrid, Chrysler’s Hemi V-8 engine likely will be on the menu for those who consider a plug-in hybrid as well as also a large luxury SUV incompatible notions.