Jeep Wagoneer LWB and 4xe Plug-in Hybrid: Everything we know
Yes. Jeep plans to introduce a long wheelbase wagoner to keep up with its rivals’ larger siblings in Crosstown. And if the standard-length Wagoneer is not neglected, the long-wheelbase Jeep is sure to outshine even the largest of these large SUVs, the 226.9-inch Cadillac Escalade ESV.
While Jeep stayed up to date on the subject of a long wheelbase wagoner at the time the production SUV was unveiled, the brand was already recognized by the unveiling the Grand Wagoneer concept that it plans to produce the extra-long variant of the SUV as soon as production of the standard-length model is fully ramped up. We bet that the even bigger Wagoneer could see the light of day as a 2023 model as early as 2022.
We also expect Jeep to offer the Wagoneer family in a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid 4xe version. Although the brand is officially silent about such a drive train, Jeep boss Christian Meunier announced MotorTrend that the brand has an “electrification plan” for the Wagoneer. In view of the Grand Wagoneer concept, which is based on a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for motivation, it makes sense that such a setup will find a home under the hood of the Wagoneer series at some point.
What exactly drives a possible Wagoneer 4xe remains a mystery. It’s possible for Jeep to take advantage of the Wrangler 4xe’s 375-horsepower setup, which uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. However, the brand could also forego the Turbo-Four of the Wrangler 4xe for a larger V-6 gas engine in the Wagoneer 4xe to match the 392 horsepower output of the standard 5.7-liter V-8 of the Wagoneer or to reach.
Regardless, we’re assuming the Wagoneer (including the fancier Grand Wagoneer) will get 4xe treatment for the next several years – likely after the long-wheelbase model is sold.