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Jeep claims its new Wrangler electric SUV concept is as fast as a Tesla


Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Electric Vehicle Concept

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DETROIT — Jeep has redesigned an all-electric concept version of its flagship Wrangler as the brand transitions from gas guzzlers to zero-emission electric vehicles.

The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 concept vehicle arrives a year after the Stellantis brand unveiled the first version of the all-electric SUV. Concept vehicles are custom products typically built by automakers to gauge customer interest or showcase the future direction of a vehicle or brand.

The concept SUV is based on Jeep’s traditional Wrangler Rubicon SUV, but the Magneto 2.0 offers a significant boost in performance, including hitting 0-60 mph in two seconds, according to the automaker. That’s faster than the Wrangler Magneto 1.0, at 6.8 seconds, and in line with Tesla’s high-performance Plaid models.

Jeep said the Magneto 2.0 is capable of delivering up to 850 pound-feet of wheel torque and 625 horsepower. Jeep did not disclose the vehicle’s electric range.

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Electric Vehicle Concept

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The most unique aspect of the Magneto is his six-speed manual transmissions, which electric vehicles do not need. Jeep officials said the electronic transmission has the best characteristics of an automatic transmission with the direct driving feel of a manual transmission – a key attraction for off-road enthusiasts.

Jeep launched the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 online Friday ahead of Jeep Easter Safari, an annual off-road event for the brand in Moab, Utah. Jeep regularly uses the event as a testing ground for its vehicles’ capabilities as well as a measure to gauge customer interest in new products.

Because the Magneto is a concept, it is not for sale to consumers. However, Jeep is expected to produce an all-electric Wrangler at some point in the coming years.

Jeep is a key part of the growth and electrification plans of Stellantis, the company formed last year by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and French automaker Groupe PSA. Stellantis is investing at least $35.5 billion in electric vehicles and supporting technologies through 2025.

Jeep CEO Christian Meunier said every new Jeep will offer some form of electrification in the next few years. These plans are expected to include all-electric vehicles as well as hybrid and so-called PHEV vehicles that combine electrification with internal combustion engines such as the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler 4xe models that are currently on sale.

The Magneto 2.0 was launched alongside four other custom or concept Jeep vehicles for the Moab Off-Road Event. Other vehicles included a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV off-road concept and other modified Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator vehicles.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV Concept

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