Jeep announces four electric SUVs

Executives of the off-road SUV brand have also indicated that more fully electric SUVs will be unveiled in the near future. Jeep currently offers two plug-in hybrid models in the United States, the Wrangler 4xe and the Grand Cherokee 4xe. The Wrangler 4xe is, by far, the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in America. In Europe, Jeep also offers plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Wrangler and Compass small SUVs.

With a history dating back to World War II, the SUV-only brand Jeep is now part of Stellantis, alongside brands like Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Citroen. It has long been identified with off-road capability and outdoor recreation, and therefore, that’s a big part of what it’s aiming for with its first electric offerings.

In North America, Jeep will offer the Recon, a Jeep Wrangler-like all-terrain vehicle, and just like the traditional Jeep Wrangler, it will come with removable doors and a large fabric sunroof that allows almost the entire roof to be opened. The Recon will only be available as an electric vehicle, according to Jeep. It will have a storage area under the hood where the engine would normally be in a gasoline SUV. Full details on the vehicle will be provided next year and it is expected to go into production in 2024.

Although similar to the Wrangler, the Recon will not immediately replace that vehicle, said Christian Meunier, global head of the Jeep brand.

“The Wrangler remains the Wrangler,” he said, calling her “the brand icon.”

New Jeep EVs all have some version of Jeep’s famous “seven-slot grille,” even though EVs don’t really need grilles. The design element underscores the delicate balance between Jeep’s long heritage as a rugged off-road brand and future demands for environmental sensitivity.

Jeep will also offer a new larger electric SUV that the brand has named the Wagoneer S. This vehicle will have a “unique and sleek aerodynamic design and standard 4×4 capability,” Jeep announced. The 600 horsepower SUV will be able to travel 400 miles on a charge and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, according to Jeep. Its design incorporates a large rear wing on a sloping rear.

The smaller Jeep Avenger will first go to Europe and Asia.

In Europe, Jeep will offer the Avenger, a compact electric SUV smaller than the current Jeep Renegade, the smallest model offered by Jeep in the United States. Jeep expects the Avenger to be able to travel up to 400 kilometers, or nearly 249 miles, before needing to recharge. Jeep also promises impressive off-road handling for a vehicle of its size. The Avenger will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, according to Jeep.

Jeep also plans to install 80 solar-powered electric vehicle chargers on off-road trails across the United States, Meunier said. So far, four have been installed, but the company intends to increase the pace of installations, he said.


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