Excitement builds as the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe and 2021 Ford Bronco are set to release in 2021
The Wrangler 4xe
The Wrangler 4xe is a new hybrid, eco-friendly Jeep that offers the same off-road capability as before. This gasoline-electric model with its 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, gets an estimated 50 MPGe and 25 miles of electric range.
This vehicle can still hit the off-road trails, climb rocks and get dirty with its solid Dana 44 axles, full-time four-wheel drive, 10.8 inches of ground clearance, and the ability to ford up to 30 inches of water. But don’t worry, the Wrangler 4xe’s high-voltage components are sealed tight and waterproof.
The Wrangler 4xe is not only equipped to tackle off-road obstacles, the vehicle itself is more powerful. It has one electric motor mounted at the front of the 4xe’s turbocharged 2.0 liter in-line four and the second electric motor mounted at the front of its eight-speed automatic transmission, generating 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft torque. That’s more than any of Jeep’s nonhybrid engines.
The 4xe’s electric motors are powered by a 17.0-kWh lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt battery pack and with a push of a button can be activated to the left of the steering wheel. The hybrid mode blends both gas and electric but relies in gas, saving the battery’s energy for when you need it.
An additional feature to the hybrid Wrangler is regenerative braking that slows down a moving vehicle by converting its kinetic energy to be used or stored. When the Max Regen function is selected, the Wrangler 4xe offers one-pedal driving.
The 2021 Ford Bronco
The new Ford Bronco comes with innovative features, retro styling, and impressive off-road capabilities. It comes with two options for engines: a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque or twin-turbo 2,7-liter V-6 that generates 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft torque. Both engines have a 10-speed automatic transmission with a seven-speed manual only compatible with the smaller engine. The seven-speed has a low crawler ratio for tackling obstacles at low speeds.
The Bronco sends power to Dana front and rear axles for four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Its 35-inch mud-terrain tires, bead-lock capable wheels, electronic locking front and rear differentials are only a few noteworthy equipment options.
With its 11.6 inches of maximum ground clearance and the ability to ford through up to 33.5 inches, the 2021 Ford Bronco can crawl and splash through any obstacle in its way. It can also tow around 3500 pounds similar to the Wrangler.
The Bronco is available with two or four doors, soft or hardtops, and removable body panels. Where the Bronco exceeds the Wrangler is in its interior. The dashboard has a top rack suited for smartphones and mounted GoPros with 12-volt outlets nearby. Its frameless doors are easy to remove and in its four-door models has the room to store them. Rubberized flooring and vinyl upholstery give outdoor enthusiasts a way to clean up the vehicle easier or you can go for the upgrade of leather seating surfaces if you like a cushier ride. With the 8 or 12-inch touchscreen, the Bronco offers an entertainment center quipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot with subscription, and more.
While the Jeep Wrangler 4xe offers more power, the 2021 Bronco offers innovation, and enhanced technology. With 2021 near, we can’t wait for the release of these two vehicles. So which team are you, Team Jeep or Team Bronco? Let us know in the comments!