ELECTRIC & HYBRID
In the year that marks the 80th anniversary of the Jeep brand, both the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Wrangler have been honoured at 4x4 magazine’s prestigious ‘4x4 of the Year Awards’, with each scooping wins in separate categories.
The Jeep Wrangler once again took home the prestigious Off-Road Award, a category that focuses solely on a vehicle’s off-road performance, with the judges praising its purity as well as it’s ability to drive across Africa or the potholed M25 with equal ease!
Alan Kidd, editor of 4x4, remarked ‘The Wrangler’s off-road mastery comes from mechanical engineering, not clever electronics. It’s built simple but it’s also built clever – and most of all, it’s built to last. Jeep knows its customers will modify their vehicles, too, and it has embraced this in the vehicle’s design.’
Meanwhile, the Renegade took home the award for Best Small SUV, with the judges noting that the new 4xe plug-in-hybrid model was what made it stand out against the tough competition in this category.
Discussing the win, Alan Kidd noted that while Jeep took a while to join the electric gang ‘it clearly hasn’t been sitting on its hands. The 4xe is a very sophisticated hybrid system and one which the company has used not just to maintain but to enhance the vehicle’s off-road capabilities. Hybrid 4x4 systems can sometimes feel as if they’re going through the motions: this, however, is absolutely the real thing.’
And for those left doubting the abilities of a hybrid SUV, he remarked ‘When you see what the Renegade can do off-road, you’re left in no doubt that it’s a true Jeep. Fact is, it’s a better vehicle now than it was when it won those awards back in the day – and the 4xe is possibly the most appealing hybrid we’re yet to drive.’
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