2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe Is the Cheapest Way to Get a PHEV Wrangler

It's cheaper than a Sahara 4xe by $1,000 and has the all-important faux-stenciled WILLYS hood decal.

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The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4Xe joins the Wrangler Sahara 4Xe, Wrangler Rubicon 4Xe and Wrangler High Altitude 4Xe as part of Jeep’s EV lineup.
The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4Xe joins the Wrangler Sahara 4Xe, Wrangler Rubicon 4Xe and Wrangler High Altitude 4Xe as part of Jeep’s EV lineup.
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Jeep’s EV bet is paying off with new and old models alike now that the Wrangler 4xe has become a popular PHEV. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is selling so well, in fact, the automaker is adding a new trim to the lineup for 2023: the Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.

The new Willys 4xe will basically be the same Wrangler PHEV we’ve seen before, but with a slightly lower starting price of $55,590 including delivery. That still buys you a four-door Wrangler 4xe with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 17 kWh battery sits under the back seat, which unfortunately means we probably won’t ever see a two-door Wrangler 4xe.

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The Willys 4xe offers the same total power output as the rest of the 4xe lineup: 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, along with 21 miles of pure battery range. Fuel economy for Jeep’s latest PHEV is 49 MPGe — accounting for both combustion and electric propulsion — but you still won’t be getting over 30 mpg on the highway, even when the electric motor is helping the gasoline engine.

In other words, the new Willys plug-in hybrid is mostly the same as the rest of the current Wrangler 4xe lineup: Sahara 4xe, Rubicon 4xe and High Altitude 4xe.

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The Willys will come a few things to distinguish it from the other trims, including LED headlamps and fog lamps, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, all-weather floor mats, a rear limited-slip differential, rock rails, a blacked-out grill and 17-inch dark alloy wheels on mud-terrain tires.

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Of course, there will be a decal outlined in the universal EV color, blue, to help the Willys 4xe stand out from previous Willys models. Blue tow hooks, too. This Willys will be a slightly more affordable alternative to its 4xe cousins, undercutting the 2022 Sahara 4xe by $1,000. It’s not much, I guess, but it’s something.

When you subtract the full $7,500 EV tax credit from the MSRP, it should bring the total price of the Willys 4xe to $48,090. Barring any dealer adjustments, that’s comfortably below 50,000, and not bad at all for a Wrangler with enough electric range to could cover the average commute. Ordering for the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe opens today, and deliveries are set to follow in late 2022.

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