Electric Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S pave the way for the brand’s EV future

Jeep 4xe Day is here, and in addition to laying out electrification plans, the brand revealed some brand new and very interesting products. And we’ll get to those in a bit, but first let’s cover the broad strokes. The long-term goal is for Jeep to offer only electric models in Europe by 2030. In the US, half of its models will be fully electric, but the entire lineup will be either battery electric or some sort of hybrid. Towards that goal, it will launch a total of four all-electric models in North America and Europe by 2025, three of which were announced today. And with that, let’s start talking about the new EVs, plus an upcoming plug-in hybrid, in rough order of relevance and what’s got us excited.

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Jeep Recon

The Recon surprised us, and it’s a good surprise. It is a very, very Wrangler-like machine with its boxy shape, short overhangs, high ground clearance, large tires, removable doors and more. But from what Jeep executives said, it is NOT a replacement for the Wrangler. So fans of the classic SUV should not panic.

The Recon is all electric and won’t have an internal combustion equivalent. And despite the similarities between the Recon and the Wrangler, there are distinct differences. The most obvious is of course the pair of square front headlights. The hood is much wider, as are the metal fenders. And if we zoom in really close, it looks like the Recon has independent rear suspension; probably independent front too. That’s just what we can tell from the photos, as Jeep hasn’t said anything about the Recon’s specs or build except to say it will have off-road tires, locking axles and skid plates. If anything, this seems like a Wrangler for someone who wants something a little more refined for on-road use. But we’re sure it will still be quite capable terrain. While this design will likely see some tweaks, Jeep said the Recon will begin production in North America in 2024, and that it will begin accepting reservations early next year.

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Jeep Wagoneer S

At the other end of the spectrum is the Wagoneer S. That’s just its codename for now, and as design chief Ralph Gilles said, the S stands for “Speed, Striking and Sexy.” As you can see from the pictures, it’s not just a Wagoneer with an electric motor. Speed ​​is thanks to the 600-horsepower electric powertrain and all-wheel drive that gets the Wagoneer S to 60 mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds. Jeep is also targeting a range of 400 miles for the Wagoneer S. The design is much sleeker and obviously more aerodynamic than many current Jeep models. It has a new grille that still retains elements of the seven-slot grille, but in a much more sculptural form. The grill also lights up. While the Wagoneer S has a fairly conventional SUV profile, it’s a bit deceptive. It has a large rear wing that hides the rear window in a more fastback style. It’s almost like the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT’s “R-Wing” nose, but in the back. Like the Recon, the Wagoneer S will be built in North America starting in 2024 with reservations opening next year.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe

Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe

Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe PHEV

Rounding out the 2024 North American lineup is the Grand Wagoneer 4xe. The plug-in hybrid will have a total range of 500 miles on gas and electricity. Jeep didn’t provide other powertrain details, such as electric-only range or fuel economy. We expect the powertrain to be a variant of the turbocharged four-cylinder and electric motor used in the Grand Cherokee 4xe and Wrangler 4xe. In those vehicles, it makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which should be plenty for a full-size SUV.

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Jeep Avenger

Finally, we come to the first Jeep electric model to launch, the Jeep Avenger. It was shown back in March without a name, and it was rumored to be called the “Jeepster,” but that’s not the case. Also, we won’t be getting it in the US. The Avenger is only for export markets, with the reasoning being that it is basically too small for the US market. It’s actually smaller than the Jeep Renegade. Details were still scarce, but Jeep said the range estimate is around 249 miles, which is likely on the more generous European WLTP test cycle. The Avenger will be built in Poland, and we suspect it’s related to the platform that underpins the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008, and the Opel Corsa-e and Mokka-e.

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