Conquering Summits in Silence: The Thrilling Saga of Jeep's Electric Wrangler and Gladiator 4Xe

Posted at Mon, Nov 27, 2023 4:30 PM

For quite some time here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow we knew that a plug-in Wrangler EV was coming, and this week the Motor Trend blog revealed the details of a few of its exciting changes and additions. So many drivers were hoping to get their hands on an all-electric Wrangler much sooner than 2028, but the new UAW contract allows for its construction at the Toledo Assembly Complex to make dealer lots in time as a 2029 model 0year vehicle. 

It will feature both purely electric and range-extended EV versions and will likely be taking on a steep incline near you armed with a fully independent suspension. While the most devoted Jeep fans may be a bit worried about watering down the model’s very well-attained off-road ability, this new “J70” just may have to be superior in this department to leg up on the credibility bar. The current JL Wrangler will be craftily clearing boulders and washout until 2028 and is also due for an update in 2025. We still don’t know if this will be a standard refresh or even some type of notable engine upgrade. 

It is also quite possible that the new midsize truck investment in the Belvedere plant could be a solid clue to both the Ram Dakota and a Jeep Gladiator version “saving on roommate rent for inflation” by sharing a platform. The larger Jeeps in the lineup are about to get some heartily focused attention soon as well, with a mid-cycle refresh sprucing things up in 2025. A brad-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer built on the STLA Frame will appear in 2025 with a convenient range-extended format, and a fully electric model poised for gnarly inclines in 2027.

A fully electric Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer also on STLA frame, will show up in 2027, right at the interval that will see the gas-powered versions getting touched up before riding into the sunset the following year. As far as the Grand Cherokee is concerned, 2027 will see the debut of both in internal combustion, alongside a BEV. This will merit a BEV version coming soon, which could be situated on a Swiss Army knife chassis that can accommodate a capable selection of anything from straight ICE to BEV powertrains. 

The pride and joy of many memorable Jeeps is the very versatile and exclusive Pentastar V6, and our sources claim that it will remain in its classic form for one more year. The Motor Trend crew praised this year’s Wrangler for its “killer off-road capability, exceptional long-term value, and breadth of engines spanning across plugin and V8.” This military-inspired off-roader has been present in some form for nearly eight decades, and the latest version wildly pushes the limits of performance and efficiency. What drivers love is that it doesn't sacrifice the Wrangler’s pure dominance off the pavement, and the Xtreme Recon package is now on tap to compete with the Ford Bronco’s Sasquatch Pack.

The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is incredibly adept and hauling and towing and appeals to many off-roaders with its tried-and-true chops. The U.S. News review crew praised the Gladiator for its “terrific off-road ability, potent gas and diesel engines, and a very spacious interior. The interior is sturdy yet accommodating, and there’s enough room for a full house of like-minded adventurists and the family ready for the holidays. This is always going to be a very popular vehicle due to its ability to do almost anything, from being the boss of very remote trails or shuttling the young ones back and forth to school. 

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