Update: “What is it?” section updated.
Jeep plans to launch four pure electric cars by 2025, and one of the 100% electric cars is a luxury model. Codenamed Jeep Wagoneer S, the luxury model is likely to compete with the Range Rover Sport Electric which is due for 2024.
What is it?
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric is not a full-size model and is not related to the body-on-frame Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. We’re looking at a midsize SUV slightly smaller than the Grand Cherokee (193.5 x 77.5 x 70.8/70.9 inches). Underpinned by the STLA Large platform, however, it can offer better interior space (Grand Cherokee: 144.6 cu. ft.).
On October 27, 2022, citing Christian Meunier, CEO of Jeep, MotorTrend reported that the company has not decided on the name of the production vehicle. Jeep plans to run a social media campaign that will involve fans in the selection process. It will give some suggestions to the participants and guide them. According to Meunier, the company may finalize the name of the road-ready Jeep electric SUV by the end of 2022, well before it opens reservations. So it should launch this campaign by the end of November 2022.
As a Jeep, the Wagoneer S is boxier than most European and Japanese luxury SUVs on the market and looks like an authentic SUV. The front of the vehicle has a forward-leaning appearance. It features narrow and aggressive headlights, a fake seven-slot grill that has been illuminated, a sloping hood with a power bolt, a functional lower air intake and vertical side air intakes.
A clean body line accentuates the windswept profile. As the roof slopes downward, it forms a sporty yet elegant ‘floating wing’, supported by two soaring D-pillars. In typical Jeep fashion, the doors are simple, but they have flat handles that help reduce drag on the road. From a distance, onlookers could identify the model as a Jeep by its trapezoidal wheel arches. In addition to the special roof spoiler and specially baked glass, a full-width taillight communicates sophistication at the rear.
STLA Large is developed by Stellantis for electric vehicles that are primarily aimed at the American market. Electric-first platforms are not as space-efficient as dedicated EV platforms, but they are better than modified ICE platforms. The STLA Large platform would be more advanced than a heavily modified version of the Grand Cherokee’s Giorgio platform could have been.
Jeep can offer the Wagoneer S with a battery pack with a gross energy capacity of between 101 and 118 kWh. The company aims for an EPA-est. range of 400 miles for this model. Expect a motor to drive each axle, allowing for an all-wheel-drive powertrain.
The rear motor may be comparatively more powerful, and it may be possible to switch off the front motor to reduce energy consumption in an “Eco” driving mode. We expect two or more power levels and Jeep has confirmed that 600 horsepower will be the cap. The company is targeting a 0-60 mph acceleration time of around 3.5 seconds for the high-spec Wagoneer S.
Price & release date
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric will make its public debut in 2023 and become available to reserve in April of that year in the US. Prices can start at around $75,000. Production will take place at an as-yet-undisclosed location in North America starting in 2024, and customer deliveries should begin the same year.
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric will be an all-electric mid-size SUV that offers luxury and off-road capabilities comparable to the upcoming Range Rover Sport Electric but at a significantly lower price. In addition to a zero-emission powertrain, it can have significantly better technology and performance than traditional Jeeps with decent off-road capabilities.
Frequently asked questions about the Jeep Wagoneer S Electric
What is the Jeep Wagoneer S release date?
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric is likely to start hitting dealerships in 2024.
What will be the price of the Jeep Wagoneer S Electric?
The base Jeep Wagoneer S will likely cost around $75,000.
Which models will be Jeep Wagoneer S rivals?
Featured image source: Stellantis
With a Master’s degree in Business Management & Administration, I have worked as an International Automotive News Editor since 2014 and have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into hybrid and electric vehicles.