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Jeep Wrangler '4xe' plug-in hybrid to debut at CES

The Renegade and Compass will also be offered as PHEVs.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to debut three plug-in-hybrid Jeep models at CES, inaugurating a new '4xe' badge to distinguish the electrified trio from other powertrain configurations.

The brand reflects FCA's plan to promote PHEV technology as both 'green' and beneficial to off-road performance, thanks to higher torque output and quick throttle response.

"Jeep electric vehicles will be the most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, providing absolute and quiet open-air freedom while taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level," the company promises.

The Wrangler is already available with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, benefiting from a belt-driven starter/generator to provide a bit more torque than the gasoline engine alone.

The company has not yet disclosed technical specifications for the Wrangler 4xe, which will presumably serve as the electrified flagship for the ever-growing brand.

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