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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
A high-voltage eTorque generator / motor at the front of the Wrangler 4xe engine produces 44 horsepower and 39 lb-ft of torque, replacing a conventional alternator and starter motor. This motor connects to the driveshaft and spins the engine quickly and seamlessly for smooth start/stop operation while also generating electricity for the battery pack. A second motor / generator integrates with the automatic transmission and produces 134 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the needs of the powertrain, the gas engine can be completely disengaged so only the electric motor is sending power to the wheels. Alternatively, the engine can re-engage to allow power from both the gas engine and electric motor to flow through the transmission. The Jeep Trail Rated Wrangler 4xe features solid front and rear axles, full-time 4-wheel drive with a 2-speed transfer case, fully articulating suspension and the ability to traverse 30 inches of water.

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