Source Claims Next Gen Jeep Wrangler Likely the Quickest Ever

Late last year, the news that the next generation Jeep Wrangler would only be offered as an EV and a hybrid quickly spread across the internet with the same reception that most news about a popular model going all-out-electrification receives. Jeep fans weren’t as unhappy as, say, Dodge Charger fans, but as it generally the case when the automotive world learns of a model shifting away from traditional drivetrain systems, there was plenty of negativity around that news.

Muddy Jeep Wrangler badge (2024)

While speaking with a source within the company who obviously wishes to remain nameless, we did get some positive insight into the next generation Jeep Wrangler. While the source would not go into any detail, they did tell us that the next generation Wrangler will likely be the quickest version of the old school-style Jeep ever. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but as we work through the negativity surrounding the current (government-mandated) “industry trends”, at least we can look forward to improved performance when the legendary Jeep Wrangler goes to an all-EV-and-hybrid lineup.

Right now, the quickest Jeep Wrangler on sale is the Rubicon 392, which is powered by the 470-horsepower Hemi. That V8-powered model sprints from a stop to 60mph in the low-4-second range, making it the quickest Wrangler in history. The next-quickest Jeep Wrangler today is the 4xe model, which moves out from 0 to 60 in the mid-to-low 5-second range. The 4xe model has also been one of the most popular options in the Wrangler lineup since it was introduced, with sales so strong that this electrified Jeep was the bestselling plugin hybrid in the US market in 2021 and 2022.

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe

In short, once the Rubicon 392 model is no longer available, the 4xe will be the quickest option in the Jeep Wrangler lineup. There are rumors of a second generation 4xe drivetrain and if that is the case, we expect that it will beat the current 4xe in every way – including acceleration. Meanwhile, we expect that the all-electric Wrangler will be the quickest Wrangler ever, just based on what we know of the current Stellantis electric powertrain plans.

Dodge has already said that the all-electric Charger in its premium form will be quicker than the previous SRT Hellcat models, which sprint from a stop to 60 in the mid-to-low 3-second range. Jeep has stated that the upcoming all-electric Wagoneer S will get to 60 from a stop in 3.5 seconds. Even if the Wrangler gets a lower-performance variant of the battery electric drivetrains in the Charger and Wagoneer, it should be able to out-sprint the current Wrangler 392 – making it the quickest Jeep Wrangler ever.

The success of the 4xe models has shown that the market has no problem accepting an electrified Jeep, so it comes as little surprise that the next generation is expect to be EV-and-hybrid-only. It makes perfect sense that the next generation Wrangler 4xe will be quicker than the models on sale today and, based on everything that we know of the current EV segment, it seems very likely that the all-electric Wrangler will be quicker than the beloved Rubicon 392 in a 0-60 dash.

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