2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe First Look

Jeep continues to expand the Wrangler’s portfolio by adding a plug-in hybrid for the 2021 model year.  The 4-door Wrangler 4xe adds yet another powertrain choice to the various gas and diesel offerings. 

And this one is a torque monster – something off-roaders crave – producing 470 pound-feet from its electrified powertrain.  Recharge the 400-volt battery pack situated below the rear seats and the 4Xe provides up to 25 miles of pure electric driving.  Want to preserve that quiet, zero-emission propulsion for the trail?  Select the E-Save drive mode and bottle it up for later use.  Otherwise, once all of the juice has been squeezed, the 4xe runs as a typical gas-electric hybrid, leaning on its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo to produce a combined 375 horsepower working through an 8-speed auto with an integrated electric motor.  Jeep estimates that the 4xe’s gas mileage will be the same as that of a Toyota Prius.  The full-time 4-wheel drive transfer case provides all of the options you want; including 2WD and automatic 4-wheel drive settings to compliment the usual 4H and 4L modes.  And if you think this is a fragile Jeep you can’t take deep into enemy territory, think again.  All high-voltage bits are sealed and waterproof so it can ford the same 30” of water and underneath you’ll see the same Dana 44 axles and skid plates while the Rubicon has an electronic sway-bar disconnect and nearly 11” of ground clearance.  Base 4xe and Sahara models are also offered and we’ll know more about pricing as the 4xe’s December on-sale date grows closer.   

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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Quick Takes

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Quick Takes.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) enters 2020 with new standard safety equipment, a restyled dashboard and updated option and trim packages that increase the value, safety and overall aesthetic of the world’s best-selling PHEV.

The Outlander PHEV is a perfect culmination of Mitsubishi’s 100-plus-year history of automotive excellence: over 50 years of electromobility and four-wheel drive technology that goes back to 1937 when the company built Japan’s first four-wheel-drive vehicle, and subsequently honed on the international rally circuit. Featuring a highly efficient 2.0-liter gasoline engine coupled with two high-performance electric motors, along with Mitsubishi’s advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivers SUV capabilities and EV efficiency.

The Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by Mitsubishi for models such as the i-MiEV, a strong understanding of the S-AWC system from the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Montero.

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2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Review

2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Review by TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes. Before Polestar became its own electric performance car brand it was Volvo’s hot rod shop, adding some Swedish zip to select models. But the name still lives on in the new 60 series models – referred to as Polestar engineered with a go faster persona.
Can you get a 250 horse, front-drive XC60 for about $42,000? Yes. But if you want the most robust XC60 experience, this all-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid Polestar Engineered with a couple of options stickers for $30,000 more. MSRP as-tested: $73,490 https://testdrivenow.com/2020-volvo-xc60-polestar/

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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review

The words Hybrid and Toyota are practically synonymous, with the groundbreaking Prius as the foundation. Even though gas prices are relatively cheap 52mpg sounds pretty good to just about anyone and the all-new Corolla Hybrid delivers just that in a more mainstream wrapper at a less expensive price.

MSRP as-tested: $24,055

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2019 RANGE ROVER SPORT QUICK TAKES

Range Rover Sport effortlessly combines dynamic on-road performance with trademark all-terrain capability, while its luxurious interior seamlessly integrates the latest technologies.

The distinctive exterior features trademark design elements that have defined the SUV segment. At the front a purposeful grille integrates with the sleek lines of its iconic clam-shell bonnet while, in profile, the floating roof and rising belt line confirm its Range Rover heritage.

Inside, the cabin mixes luxurious materials with crafted details to create a cosseting yet unmistakably dynamic atmosphere. The intuitive integration of advanced technologies, puts functionality at the driver’s fingertips while minimising driver distraction.

Range Rover Sport offers everything customers expect from a performance SUV. With smart stowage, the option of flexible 5+2 seating and a generous loadspace there is no need to compromise versatility in the quest for comfort or dynamism.

With the option of a more sustainable, zero-emission plug-in hybrid electric powertrain and a high-performance SVR model available, this SUV has it all.

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