Here at Landmark Dodge we believe exploring the great outdoors is a fantastic way to spend the weekend with any Jeep vehicle. It is even more exciting when you know that every mile driven is not adding to the planet's state of environmental distress. The Jeep Wrangler 4XE is entering the diverse world of the Jeep lineup with a good amount of accessories, and the varied terrain options that come with it while boasting the ability to run 21 miles on electric power alone.
The big news over the past week from the folks at Autoblog.com is a new Jeep Performance Parts lift kit designed specifically for the 4XE. You'll be traversing eagerly through the most scenic bits of the canyon with a two-inch height increase, marking the arrival of the very first lift kit specifically designed for the 4XE. The complete kit includes FOX shocks, brand-new springs, new front lower control arms, specific front and rear stabilizer links, new front and rear bump stops, and everything needed for a simple fastening.
The genius creators at Mopar now offer a special 240-volt at-home charger, with the choice of a plug-in or hard-wired version. Either one will add electric range to your new 4XE at about the rate of 14.5 miles per hour. Available at the Mopar eStore, these are sure to be a game-changing means of fast charging when you may not have a few hours to spare. Fast, heavy, and complicated in all the right ways, the staff from Motor Trend praised the Wrangler's performance during usual Jeep duties such as ground clearance, breakover angles, and deep water fording.
Perfect for the diehard Jeep fan that is excited of all things electric but not ready to fully take the plunge, it's great to keep in mind that the average commuter does drive under 40 miles per day, and “range anxiety” should not set in too intensely as the gas engine provides a great backup. Engineers did a fantastic job of installing a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery under the rear seat, tucked away under electronics between the left frame rail and rear driveshaft, and then installed the charge port right on the left front fender.
With a total combined output of 375 horsepower, this renders the 4XE as the second-most powerful Wrangler next to the V-8 driven Wrangler 392. After being thoroughly tested at highway speeds and beyond, the sense of extreme stability was a huge bonus, and the 4XE is very well-anchored to the pavement. The E-Save feature operates the Jeep as a hybrid while constantly maintaining the battery's state of charge, and the driver can further direct the 4XE to provide more juice for the battery without having to go home and plug in. No matter which mode you choose, the battery will never be fully drained, as onboard computers retain a unique reserve even after the electric-only driving range has fully depleted.