Here’s what we love about the all-electric Jeep Recon

A month ago, Jeep announced its ambitions to electrify its entire lineup over the next half decade or so, which included adding plug-in hybrid 4xe versions to the current Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. The centerpiece of the event, however, was the introduction of two new all-electric SUVs: the Jeep Wagoneer S and, of course, the all-new Jeep Recon.

Inspired by the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, the Jeep Recon is an all-electric mid-size SUV designed for fearless people who love to travel beyond the open road. The Recon is an interesting piece of vehicle architecture, combining the Wrangler’s looks and full-time 4X4 capability with a zero-emissions engine.

The new Recon will boldly compete against the likes of the Bronco, the new Hummer EV and the Bollinger B1. Options for the Recon seem a bit more in line with the TrailHawk workouts on standard Jeeps than they are with the tough Wrangler, based on the more traditional crossover footprint and automatic drive modes.

The Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S will be one of the first two all-new electric SUVs to enter the market in North America, with reservations opening in 2023 and first deliveries to take place in 2024. The brand will reveal pricing and lineup closer to the launch date . Jeep will add another undisclosed all-electric model to its North American lineup in 2025, as well as sell the Avenger EV overseas.

The retro-styled 2024 Jeep Recon is the next step for the 4xe and an all-electric alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. Based on what we’ve seen from Jeep so far, the Recon is worth the wait. We’ll go over some of the upcoming SUV’s best features and what we currently know about it.

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The Jeep Recon is a tough off-road SUV

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For the record, the Recon is not an electrified version of the Wrangler, nor will it replace the iconic off-road vehicle. Naturally, Jeep designed the Recon in the same design studio as the Wrangler and gave it the same dimensions and proportions. But instead of just throwing an electric motor on the Wrangler 4xe, Jeep wanted to create something distinct — and something that would have its own name. As the brand claims, it was still influenced by the Wrangler.

The photographs depict the concept shape of the upcoming EV, which noticeably borrows some aesthetic cues from the Wrangler to appeal to die-hard Jeep aficionados. Its good looks include chunky bumpers, undercarriage skid pads and recessed fenders. And thanks to the flat battery pack under the floor, the Recon has a lower beltline. The front end features a unique interpretation of Jeep’s seven-slat grille with LED lighting around each rectangular section, square headlight signatures and blue towbars, seen on other 4xe models.

It will also feature a one-touch power top and removable doors and windows. According to Stellanti’s chief designer, Ralph Gilles, the Recon has the most greenhouse glass the company has ever used in a car, thanks to the massed proportions and upright roof and windshield. The SUV also features a one-touch power sliding roof and removable Wrangler-style doors with exposed hinges, giving the interior an even more open, airy feel.

Speaking of which, we haven’t seen the inside of the upcoming Recon yet. However, we expect a cabin look more reminiscent of the Wrangler than the premium-focused Wagoneer S.

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Jeep Recon will have impressive performance characteristics

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The long suspension, extreme approach, departure and breakaway angles, as well as the Wrangler’s distinctive two-box shape, are all carried over from the Wrangler. However, the manufacturer is keeping most other facts about the electric motor secret until closer to the launch. We don’t know if it will have one or two motors, what size battery it will have, or how much range it will have on each charge. The Jeep Recon has a target range of 400 miles, although EPA test results may be lower.

In any case, the Jeep Wagoneer will have 600 horsepower and hit 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, which means the Recon could also put out strong numbers. Thanks to its Selec-Terrain traction management and electronically locking axles, the Recon will dominate performance SUV territory and have a bit more off-road capability. We also know it will have the latest generation Uconnect infotainment system, which provides thorough travel routes for the most popular off-road trails.

Jeep also claims that the Recon will be able to tackle the famous Rubicon Trail. Like the powertrain, battery capacity also remains a mystery at this point. However, since the brand is building the Recon on the future EV-specific STLA Large architecture, a battery capacity of more than 100kW is possible.

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