Say hello to the first electric Jeep, a small SUV that will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2023, which will precede a full range of electric seven-bay SUVs arriving in 2025.
American Terrain Mark Jeep has revealed its first manufactured electric vehiclebefore his European launch in the first half of 2023 – although Australian availability has still not been confirmed.
Few details about the model – known tentatively as the ‘Jeep BEV’ (battery-powered vehicle), but likely to carry a more traditional name for showrooms – have been revealed, but it appears to be a small SUV the same size as (or smaller than) the brand’s current entry level model, Renegade.
This new Jeep electric SUV will lead a wave of battery-powered vehicles from the American off-road brand, ahead of plans to offer an electric vehicle in “every [market SUV] segment” by 2025″ – which includes, among other things, today’s Grand Cherokee and Wrangler models.
Plans confirmed overnight will see this include a “pure all-terrain vehicle” and a “lifestyle family SUV” from the Jeep brand in 2024 – although details of these vehicles are thin on the ground.
The images Jeep released overnight are said to show a “concept” version of the new electric car, but with the first overseas showrooms just a year away, it’s unlikely the production design will deviate much (if at all) from what’s been seen here.
Although not yet confirmed by Jeep, the new electric small SUV is expected to be friends with similar urban SUV models from Alfa Romeo (said to be called the Brennero) and Fiat, due to enter production in 2023 or 2024.
These models are meant to ride on parent company Stellanti’s CMP architecture, developed under the former PSA Group (Peugeot and Citroen) for use under the Peugeot 2008, Citroen C4 and other small hatch and SUV models.
This platform is capable of both petrol and electric power – but it is not yet confirmed whether the new electric Jeep will be joined by a combustion engine variant in the future.
Automotive News Europe reports that production of the new Jeep — codenamed 516, which will be smaller than the Renegade — will begin with pure gasoline power in November 2022, ahead of the all-electric model in February 2023, and a “mild-hybrid” front-wheel-drive model in January 2024.
While batteries reportedly originally come from Chinese company CATL, this will switch to Chinese compatriot BYD in July 2023, the publication reports.
It is reported that 110,000 examples of the new Jeep model are targeted to be produced at the Stellantis Tychy, Poland plant each year, accounting for just over a third of the 300,000 Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Fiat city SUVs allocated for production at the factory each year.
The 2023 Jeep electric SUV will go on sale in Europe in the first half of next year.
The timing of the Australian launch is yet to be confirmed, with a Jeep Australia spokesperson saying Drive: “No details [to announce] at this point but we will share [our] E.V [electric vehicle] plans later this year.”
Jeep boss Christian Meunier says the brand will be a “leader, not a follower” in hybrid and electric vehicles in Australia.
“Governments are starting to strengthen regulations and [emissions] compliance, and instead of just waiting for the governments to rule … I would like to have a proactive approach in these markets [including Australia and Asia] and bring electrification in advance, because I think it’s very special and very exciting for customers,” he told the media last year.
“I will push for electrification as a leader, not as a follower. We will not [be] after the other [car makers]we will be first, and we will do all we can in all [global] regions.”