Almost three months after its debut, Jeep’s 2021 Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid now has a price to go with its estimated 25 miles of electric-only range: $49,490 for the Wrangler Sahara 4xe and $53,190 for the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe — both for each trim level’s Launch Edition. Each price includes a $1,495 destination fee but excludes the potential $7,500 federal tax credit, plus any additional state or local tax credits available to buyers.
The Wrangler 4xe will have 375 total system horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine plus two electric motors running off a 17.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Power hits the ground through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricier Than Gas-Only Models …
Only available in the Wrangler’s four-door body style, the Sahara and Rubicon 4xe are more expensive than comparable gas-only Sahara and Rubicon models. A gas-only 2021 Wrangler Sahara starts at $40,160 ($9,330 less) while the four-door Rubicon starts at $43,710 ($9,480 less). If you factor in the full $7,500 federal tax credit, however, the disparity is not so significant: $1,830 for the Sahara and $1,980 for the Rubicon.
… But Maybe a Good Deal?
The drivetrains aren’t the only thing different. Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe launch editions also have additional standard equipment. Both come with the optional LED Lighting Group and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with a nine-speaker Alpine premium stereo. Totaling more than $3,000 in additional equipment versus gas-only Sahara and Rubicon models, the 4xe versions might signal a relative bargain, assuming a full — or even mostly full — federal tax credit.
Both the Sahara and Rubicon 4xe Launch Editions should arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of 2021. While these are the versions available at launch, a base 4xe version will come at some point later on.
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