- To celebrate 30 years of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep introduced a new anniversary edition at the Detroit auto show this year, complete with dark badging, 20-inch wheels and vented black leather seats.
- The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe is the new entry-level Wrangler, and it has all the blue, “authentic retro” elements you’d expect from a plug-in hybrid powertrain in an old-school Jeep Willys.
- Also, there was a huge duck.
Jeep celebrated an anniversary, more Willys from the past and the appearance of a six-story inflatable duck at the Detroit auto show this year. The world’s biggest duck was on hand to grab some social media attention, but the two new vehicle editions are the real draw here.
The first is the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition, which spruces up the Grand Cherokee 4xe with a handful of unique design elements, including a modified front fascia with signature blue tow hooks. The 20-inch wheels are new, and there are blacked-out exterior details and special-edition badging around the vehicle, along with body-color bumpers and cladding. Inside, the 30th Anniversary Grand Cherokee 4xe comes with black Capri leather seats (ventilated in front), a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and a 10.1-inch touchscreen that runs Uconnect 5 with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless capability.
Beneath these distinctive design touches, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe retains the 25 miles of electric range and 56 MPGe efficiency rating. The SUV’s hybrid powertrain produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and offers the ability to tow up to 6,000 pounds. Jeep will begin taking orders for the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition later this year. The limited-edition package will cost $4,700, and first deliveries will take place in early 2023.
The other new Jeep version shown at the show was the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe. The Wrangler Willys 4xe is now the entry-level Wrangler 4xe, at $55,590 before incentives. That’s $600 less than the current cheapest Wrangler 4xe, the Sahara version. The Wrangler Willys 4xe retains the same 49 MPGe as other versions and offers 21 miles of all-electric range from its 17.0 kWh battery. That’s a mile less than the 2022 four-door Wrangler 4xe can handle. The new Wrangler Willys plug-in hybrid uses a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac permanent four-wheel-drive system. It offers 30 inches of wading and comes with a factory suspension lift that provides 10.1 inches of ground clearance.
It should come as no surprise that Jeep is emphasizing the heritage aspect of its latest Willys model. Covering the advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain — which offers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque — is an exterior filled with what Jeep calls “authentic retro elements.” These include a Willys decal on the hood as well as electric blue accents on the badging, alerting those in the know that this belongs to Jeep’s electrified lineup.
Jeep is also offering a $3,100 Sun and Screen package for the new Wrangler Willys 4xe with a power roof and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4C and navigation. The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe can be ordered now, with deliveries expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
OK, here’s the duck.
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