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Christopher Bruce2013-12-27 17:36:04

Jeep Evaluating Hybrids for Future Cars, Especially Cherokee

The problem is making sure it's reliable off-road

The Jeep Cherokee will likely be the first Jeep to get a hybrid

JeepJeepJeepUnited States of America, 1941 > present33 models
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is working on hybrid models for the near future, and will likely start with the newly introduced CherokeeCherokee Gen.3 [KL]Jeep Cherokee Gen.3 [KL]United States of America, 2014 > present25 versions
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as its first hybrid model.

“We are absolutely looking at different things in that field and we are very active behind the scenes in the development of these systems and how it fits into our profile,” said Steve Bartoli, Chrysler’s Asia-Pacific product planning manager.

Electric motors are great for low-speed uses because they provide maximum torque immediately. However, the biggest concern about hybrids for off-road vehicles is making sure that they are protected against water submersion and hard hits from rocks that can occur.

Bartoli says that Jeep is ““evaluating new ways to integrate hybrid power specifically for serious off-road applications.”

When Jeep does build a hybrid, it will join the new hybrid trucks from Land RoverLand RoverLand RoverUnited Kingdom, 1978 > present15 models
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and BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
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Source: Car and Driver


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