Jeep Unveils First Three Battery Electric SUVs – Charged Electric Vehicles

The Jeep Recon is boxy, the ‘Wagoneer S’ is a sleek and luxurious midsize SUV, and the tiny Avenger will only be sold in Europe

The legendary American brand Jeep has announced that it will sell four distinct battery-electric SUVs in various markets by the end of 2025, three of which were unveiled this morning during an online presentation and event titled “Jeep 4th Day”.

Two of the new EVs will be sold globally: an upright, boxy, all-terrain Jeep Recon model, and a sleek, luxury model codenamed “Wagoneer S”. Both are built on the STLA-Large EV platform, one of four distinct EV skateboard architectures that Jeep parent company Stellantis will use to support electric vehicles in its stable of a dozen brands. The pair of midsize electric SUVs will be built in North America and go on sale in 2024.

The third model unveiled today was the long-awaited “Baby Jeep”, a small SUV even more minimal in the eyes of the United States than the compact Renegade, the smallest Jeep sold in North America. It will be marketed in Europe, where “B-segment” subcompacts remain an important market. But he will not come to the United States or Canada.

Jeep has released few specs for the new EVs, nor has it discussed the fourth model to come by 2025. But it’s clear that by adding new model names, Jeep’s lineup is expanding will expand even more widely, in line with its goal of becoming the world’s “first zero”. – emission SUV brand. By 2030, executives say, 100% of Jeep sales in Europe will be battery-electric, along with 50% of sales in the United States. All Jeep models will be electrified by 2025 – either battery-electric or with an available plug-in hybrid powertrain – and executives said the new electric vehicles in particular will help Jeep’s chances in Asian markets, for which read China.

Jeep Recon: an electric vehicle inspired by the Wrangler

Ralph Gilles, Stellantis design manager for the Jeep brand, acknowledged that the Recon immediately evokes the straight, boxy lines of the classic Wrangler. The Recon, in fact, was designed by the same team that produced the last Wrangler, which launched for 2018.

It’s a mid-size SUV that has (at least in concept form) a stunning front end, knobby all-terrain tires, straight side and rear profiles, and a side-hinged tailgate with a spare tire. , all Wrangler design elements. It is aimed, according to the company, at “those who like to explore extreme adventures in close silence with a robust and fully electric vehicle”.

The glass and doors are removable, and a Selec-Terrain traction management system gives it the all-important “Trail Rated” designation prized by off-road enthusiasts. It has “the ability to traverse the mighty Rubicon Trail, one of the toughest in the United States,” said Jeep CEO Christian Meunier, with enough range to drive on it, covering its 22 miles long, ” and reach the end with enough range to return to town and recharge.

Jeep said little about the Recon’s battery or running gear, despite it being offered as an electric vehicle only. Gilles noted that the Recon is built on the STLA-Large platform, one of no less than four distinct EV skateboard architectures outlined by Stellantis in a tech presentation last summer. A production version of the Recon will be shown next year, with customers able to make reservations from early 2023. Production will begin in 2024.

‘Wagoneer S’: Mid-size luxury EV suggests premium sub-brand

Jeep only resurrected the Wagoneer name last year, with the launch of the Wagoneer and the more luxurious Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs. But those vehicles don’t have “Jeep” branding, leading analysts to wonder if the model could become its own sub-brand. Indeed, that appears to be the case with the “Wagoneer S” concept, a codename that executives said the company is using “for now.”

Somewhat similar in shape and appearance to a Range Rover Sport, the midsize Wagoneer S is one size smaller than the large Ram truck-based Wagoneer SUVs currently on sale. Hallmarks of its premium positioning are “high-quality craftsmanship” and aerodynamic efficiency, as seen in its relaxed iteration of Jeep’s classic seven-slot grille. It will, of course, have 4×4 capability as standard.

Design aside, the main features of the Wagoneer S will be its range – 400 miles on a single charge, Jeep promised – and its power. It should deliver 600 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds.

Another note from Wagoneer: Full-size gasoline SUV models will also have their own plug-in hybrid versions next year, said Jim Morrison, Jeep North America brand manager. Combined electric and gas range should exceed 500 miles. That suggests a different and more substantial plug-in hybrid powertrain than the turbo-4 and conventional automatic transmission used in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the best-selling plug-in hybrid model in the US market this year.

Jeep Avenger: European-only subcompact

The former Fiat Chrysler was lagging behind in electrification, one reason its 2021 merger with PSA Peugeot Citroën to form Stellantis was necessary.

The tiny Jeep Avenger is based on PSA’s “e-CMP” platform, an electric adaptation of its small-car CMP platform used for a variety of gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric vehicles of this architecture include the battery-electric Peugeot e-208 and the Opel Corsa-e, both of which have similar petrol versions. However, Jeep hasn’t said anything about a gasoline version of the Avenger. The smaller Jeep will be officially launched at the Paris Motor Show on October 17. Like the other e-CMP based models, it will be assembled in Tychy, Poland.

A few motoring trivia to brighten up your Thursday: The ‘baby Jeep’ was long rumored to be called ‘Jeepster’, but it’s become an Avenger, a name with a long history in Europe and the UK. It was first used on a 1970 Hillman Sedan, produced by Rootes of England, which Chrysler had purchased in 1967 and then merged with Simca of France. The resulting Chrysler Europe was sold to Peugeot in 1978 when Chrysler neared bankruptcy, its models then being renamed Talbot. Prior to its production run in 1981, this Avenger was sold as Hillman, Chrysler, Dodge, Sunbeam and Talbot. From 1995 to 2014, the Avenger name was also used in North America on Dodge midsize coupes and sedans. Now, the latest Avenger will be a Jeep, in Europe, once again bringing together the Chrysler and Peugeot relatives of the name. I understood?


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