Continental Technology Powers Jeep Wrangler’s New eTorque Mild-Hybrid System

Continental’s industry-first, liquid-cooled 48-volt Eco Drive delivers eTorque, contributing to the Wrangler’s legendary performance, while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency. // Photograph Courtesy of Business Wire

Two Auburn Hills-based companies are pushing the technological envelope by offering Continental’s industry-first, liquid-cooled, 48-volt Eco Drive that contributes to the performance and fuel efficiency of the all-new Jeep Wrangler’s eTorque mild-hybrid technology.

Continental’s compact 48-volt Eco Drive with integrated power electronics contributes to the benefits eTorque offers, including better fuel economy, improved auto-start response, overall start-stop functionality, and reduced noise levels.

Further, the technology helps deliver torque to the wheels more than twice as fast as a conventional 12-volt starter can accommodate. The liquid-cooled 48-volt Eco Drive also spins the engine faster, making eTorque’s benefits more readily apparent.

“Electrification is a key component of future mobility,” says Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president of Continental Powertrain, North America. “The Jeep Wrangler is an industry icon known for its all-terrain capability. Once again, it is blazing a new trail with its eTorque system, powered by Continental’s 48-volt Eco Drive.”

Continental says gthe liquid cooling of the Continental system’s Eco Drive and inverter results in uncompromised power — capable of delivering high performance at high ambient temperature.

Also, the 48-volt Eco Drive’s modular concept allows Continental to scale the technology to meet the power and performance demands of multiple vehicle classes, including the compact Renault Scénic diesel, Audi A8 performance sedan, and the high-volume Jeep Wrangler SUV. Additionally, consumers may experience the all-new eTorque technology in the 2019 Ram 1500.