Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler Willys Special Editions Come to Detroit Auto Show

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Photo credit: Stellantis
Photo credit: Stellantis
  • To celebrate 30 years of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep brought a new Anniversary edition to the Detroit auto show this year, complete with dark badging, 20-inch wheels, and ventilated black leather seats.

  • The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe is the new entry-level Wrangler, and it has all of the blue and "authentic retro cues" you would expect from a plug-in-hybrid powertrain in a old-school Willys Jeep.

  • Also, there was a huge duck.

Jeep celebrated an anniversary, more Willys from the past, and the appearance of a six-story-tall inflatable duck at the Detroit auto show this year. The world's largest duck was on hand to attract social media attention, but the two new vehicle editions are the real draw here.

Photo credit: Stellantis
Photo credit: Stellantis

Up first is the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition, which gussies up the Grand Cherokee 4xe with a smattering of unique design elements, most notably a modified front fascia with signature blue tow hooks. The 20-inch wheels are new, and there are blacked-out exterior details and special-edition badging to be found around the vehicle, along with body-color bumpers and cladding. Inside, the 30th Anniversary Grand Cherokee 4xe comes with black Capri leather seats (ventilated in front), a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen that runs Uconnect 5 with navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Underneath these distinctive design touches, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe retains the 25 miles of electric range and 56-MPGe efficiency rating. The SUV's hybrid powertrain produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and offers the ability to tow up to 6000 pounds. Jeep will start taking orders for the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition later this year. The limited-edition package will cost $4700, and the first deliveries will take place in early 2023.

The other new trim Jeep introduced at the show was the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe. The Wrangler Willys 4xe is now the entry-level Wrangler 4xe, coming in at $55,590 before incentives. That’s $600 less than the current lowest-price Wrangler 4xe, the Sahara trim. The Wrangler Willys 4xe keeps the same 49 MPGe as the other trims and offers 21 miles of all-electric range from its 17.0-kWh battery. That's one less mile than the 2022 Wrangler four-door 4xe can handle. The new Wrangler Willys plug-in hybrid uses a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system. It offers 30 inches of water fording and comes with a factory suspension lift that provides 10.1 inches of ground clearance.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Jeep is emphasizing the heritage aspect of its latest Willys model. Covering the advanced plug-in-hybrid powertrain—which offers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque—is an exterior full of what Jeep calls "authentic retro cues." These include a Willys decal on the hood along with Electric Blue accents on the badging, alerting those in the know that this belongs in Jeep's electrified lineup.

Jeep also offers a $3100 Sun and Screen package for the new Wrangler Willys 4xe with a power top and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4C and navigation. The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe can be ordered now, and deliveries should start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

OK, here's the duck.

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