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  • Jeep Wrangler scoops special Off-Road Award
  • Jeep Renegade takes award for Best Small SUV following introduction of 4xe plug-in hybrid model

It’s been around for 80 years, most famous as the workhorse of the US Army during the Second World War, but decades later is still winning awards.

In the year that will mark the 80th anniversary of the Jeep brand, 4×4 magazine has lauded both the Wrangler and Renegade models in their annual 4×4 of the Year sponsored by BFGoodrich honours.

The Jeep Wrangler once again takes home the 4×4 magazine’s Off-Road Award, a special category which concentrates solely on a vehicle’s off-road performance.  The expert judges praised the Wrangler for its purity, as well as its ability to drive across Africa or just the potholed M25.

Alan Kidd, editor of 4×4, commented  “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.

“The world has moved on from the days when every 4×4 was made like this – but the realities of off-roading have stayed the same, and that’s why the Wrangler wins our Off-Road award yet again.”

The Jeep Renegade also took home the award for Best Small SUV with the judges recognising the new 4xe plug-in-hybrid model as the update that set it apart from the tough competition in this category.

Discussing the win, Alan Kidd noted: “Jeep took a while to join the electric gang, but 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 4×4 systems can sometimes feel as if they’re going through the motions: this, however, is absolutely the real thing.

“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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