By on January 2, 2020

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The mighty Jeep brand is hitting the Consumer Electronics Show next week, and it’s got a new badge in tow. No, Jeep isn’t messing with its namesake script; rather, there’s a new signifier on the way.

As it prepares to tout a trio of upcoming plug-in hybrids at the Las Vegas trade show, Jeep’s electrification effort will see the “4xe” badge filter through the lineup in the coming years.

Sounding like a Toyota sub-trim, 4xe denotes an electrified Jeep model. Among the vehicles in line to receive the badge are the Wrangler, Renegade, and Compass PHEVs scheduled for a New York debut in April. They’ll also show up at the Geneva Motor Show.

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By 2022, all Jeep models will boast some form of electrification, be it a mild hybrid setup or a plug-in arrangement that actually offers all-electric driving. The Wrangler currently offers a 2.0-liter eTorque four-cylinder mild hybrid powertrain, with a V6 eTorque system borrowed from the Ram 1500 arriving for the 2020 model year. That system pairs with the four-door Unlimited bodystyle.

According to the brand, “All Jeep electrified vehicles will carry a new ‘Jeep 4xe badge,'” which seems to say that mild-hybrid variants will also sport the special badge. (We’ve reached out to Jeep to confirm this and will update when we hear back.) If that’s the case, your new PHEV’s badge won’t be as boastworthy as it could be.

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Elsewhere at CES, Fiat Chrysler has two concepts on offer. One, the Airflow Vision, is a sculptural concept that aims to examine how future occupants will interact with in-car technology. Customizable settings accessed via numerous screens are the big draw here, as FCA s eager to play up its UX investments.

Then there’s the Fiat Concept Centoventi (“120” in Italian), an electric hatch that’s as customizable as the owner wants it to be. Even battery range can be dialed in, from 60 to 300 miles.

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[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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12 Comments on “Jeep: With New Year Comes a New Badge...”


  • avatar
    jack4x

    “By 2022, all Jeep models will boast some form of electrification…”

    Hopefully this merely signifies that a hybrid or electric powertrain will be available, not standard.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      Electric windows and locks aren’t the worst thing in the world.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      I think eTorque or its ilk will be standard, not just at FCA but across the industry. It improves both fuel economy and responsiveness with basically no added complexity. You add a small 48V battery, but combine the starter and alternator into one motor.

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        If the system comes at the cost of a manual transmission, as is currently the case on eTorque Wranglers, it will not be worth it to me.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          There’s no reason eTorque couldn’t work with a manual transmission. It’s just a motor that gives the crankshaft a little extra push.

        • 0 avatar
          ect

          I like manual transmissions, but the writing is on the wall. Fewer and fewer people are buying them, and automatics now provide better performance and fuel economy, which means they are destined to disappear.

          • 0 avatar
            multicam

            People who drive manuals don’t care that an auto provides better performance and usually don’t care about the slightly better economy, either. But given the lengths automakers will take to squeeze an extra .01 mpg out of a car, I know you’re right, ect.

            My Wrangler (2019, manual transmission) doesn’t have E-torque but I wouldn’t necessarily be against it. Just not a fan of the additional hardware it adds which apparently is somewhat vulnerable to rocks (per some of the 2.0L owners on the Wrangler forums, not my personal experience).

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        The FCA eTorque system does not replace the starter, it is not used for starting the engine, only restarting an engine that was shut down while the vehicle is “on”.

        I don’t see a BAS system proliferating, GM quickly abandoned theirs. If anything we’ll see a return of the Honda IMA style system that could replace the starter that isn’t limited by the shared belt drive.

  • avatar

    Announce FIAT concept boasting endless customization potential

    Introduce it in Gray

    It doesn’t look attractive or even the slightest bit futuristic; just another dull JDM-only subcompact box that carries a weird English adverb/adjective like Daihatsu Running or Honda Yay!, except that as a FIAT it wouldn’t run for more than six months with all its original trim intact.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    “4xe” – because “Now With Tank Turn Capability” is too many letters.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    FCA will manage to make even an EV Fiat still a steaming pile of junk.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    What happens if you are driving the FCA Airflow Vision and come to a speed bump? (Hover Mode engaged maybe?) And is there any suspension travel at all?

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