Jeep: With New Year Comes a New Badge

jeep with new year comes a new badge

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.

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.

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.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 02, 2020

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

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jan 03, 2020

    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?

  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.
  • Mongo312 Had an 89SE, 92SE and an 03SE all with stick. The 03 took almost 3 months to find because there were so few produced with a manual transmission and dealers didn't want to give them up. Ended up buying one from a dealership in San Antonio and having it shipped here to St Louis.
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