In its first half (H1) 2022 results, Stellantis released some key dates regarding key electrified vehicle programs for its North American operations. Three brands (Dodge, Jeep® and Ram) are expected to reveal details of their future electric plans during those dates. We thought we’d take a look at the schedule and go over what to expect with each unveiling.
In just a couple of weeks, America’s performance marque will showcase two vehicle electrification programs. On August 16 and 17, the Dodge brand will announce what it calls its “Gateway” and “Future” muscle vehicles during the “Dodge Speed Week” event, just before this year’s iconic Woodward Dream Cruise.
The gateway vehicle should be the official unveiling of the 2023 Dodge Hornet (GG). If you’ve been following MoparInsiders.com, you know that the Hornet is based on the all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale and will be built in Italy. The new C-SUV will feature a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain and will be the brand’s first electrified product to hit the market.
Now the Tonale and Hornet will share the Compass 4xes PHEV system. In the Tonale, however, a larger battery pack of 15.5 kWh is used instead of the 11.4 kWh system found on the Compass 4xe. We’re not sure if the Hornet will use the same battery pack as the Tonale or the smaller pack found on the Compass, to keep the price down.
The PHEV powertrain will use two electric motors with a fuel-efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. This architecture provides two cars in one – a battery-powered vehicle with an electric motor (e-motor) and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack on the rear axle, and a conventional vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) mounted on the front axle, creating all-wheel drive (AWD).
For North America, the Tonale Q4 PHEV will deliver a total output of 275 horsepower (180 horsepower from the ICE and the rest from its e-motor. It allows the Tonale to run from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) acceleration in just 6.2 seconds while the vehicle gets an all-electric range of up to 80 kilometers in the city cycle and 60 kilometers when city and highway are combined.
As for the Future muscle offering, it should be a conceptual version of the next-gen Dodge Challenger (LB). The next-generation Challenger will go into production in 2023, as a 2024 model, and will offer both ICE and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
The new “eMuscle” car should have a dual e-motor setup that produces an output of more than 800 horsepower. A teaser video under the automaker’s Presentation of EV Day 2021, previewed the muscle car and showed off its AWD capabilities. It will be based on the new STLA Large architecture, an evolution from the current Giorgio platform that underpins the Grand Cherokee (WL), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (GU) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (GA).
From what we’ve been told, the car should mix some retro muscle cars with a more modern look. The new electrified eMuscle car should easily be faster than the drag racing-oriented 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. We expect the new eMuscle cars to be the same size as the current Challenger (LA).
Jeep has made no secret of its intentions to bring electrification across all its models. The brand will hold a “4xe Day” event sometime in September. The event should introduce several of the automaker’s intentions to bring PHEV options to North America.
We expect Jeep to introduce its updated 2023 Jeep Renegade 4xe to the world and will make an official announcement that the Renegade and Compass 4xe models will arrive in North America in 2024. Our sources have indicated that we can expect a Jeep Gladiator 4xe to come sometime in 2024 as a 2025 model.
While Jeep is calling the event 4xe Day, we also expect the American adventure brand to drop some facts about the new global Jeep “Junior” or “Jeepster” (JJ) B-SUV, as well as electrified options for the Wagoneer range.
There may also be some information about the upcoming next-generation Cherokee (KM). Another vehicle is planned to be based on the STLA Large architecture and offer ICE and BEV powertrains.
The Ram brand starts its revolutionary plans in November. Two key products are scheduled for production in the coming years, bringing full electrification to the “Built To Serve” brand.
The brand’s first electrified vehicle will be the Ram ProMaster BEV. We’ve been talking a lot about the ProMaster BEV over the past few months, and we’ve even shown photos of full-size vans testing in Italy. Based on the Fiat Professional E-Ducato, we know a lot about the features of the ProMaster BEV.
With a 79 kWh battery, the E-Ducato can travel up to 280 kilometers (174 miles) in the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), equivalent to 370 kilometers (230 miles) in the city cycle. It takes no longer than 30 minutes to charge enough to drive 100 kilometers (62 miles).
In terms of flexibility, to meet such a wide and varied range of needs, the E-Ducato also offers a drive mode selector. In its “normal” position, it ensures the perfect balance between performance and cost, or it can be set to “Eco” mode to save energy. When a really heavy load has to be carried or the vehicle faces a demanding climb, the right choice is “Power” mode. The E-Ducato has two additional features to give its drivers peace of mind –
- “Turtle Mode” – similar to the battery saving function on a mobile phone. It automatically activates when the battery is low and limits the vehicle’s performance, so the battery lasts 8 to 10% longer.
- “Recovery Mode” – If one battery module fails, the other takes its place to ensure it can continue.
Amazon has already committed to purchasing the Ram ProMaster BEV for its fleet of delivery vehicles. Ram offers the 2023 ProMaster with a flip-up tailgate for the first time ever. There’s even been talk of Ram offering a side delivery door option, making deliveries even more convenient for its future van lineup.
A couple of months ago, Ram introduced RamRevolution.com, a hub to provide consumers with a closer connection to the brand and its electric vehicle (EV) philosophy, meaningful updates with unique images, content and an ongoing dialogue that will include the opportunity to provide input as Ram EV trucks are developed. Ram has also engaged customer feedback with its “Ram Real Talk Tour” series, about what their vehicle must do to meet the customer’s needs going forward.
Ram has also made it no secret that it plans to introduce a concept vehicle of its upcoming 2024 Ram 1500 BEV sometime later this year. Ram CEO, Mike Koval, Jr. has mentioned in interviews that the Ram 1500 BEV concept will not be the product seen on the road in 2024 but will instead be a vision of where the brand sees the direction the Ram 1500 is headed in the near future. He also mentioned that the design was not set in stone, in other words it is an important tool for Ram to see if its direction is what the customer base expects.
For those worried about range anxiety, Ram is working with a Range Electric Paradigm Breaker (REPB). We talked about this variant in a previous post.
Stay tuned to MoparInsiders.com, as we’ll continue to extensively cover Chrysler Group’s core evolution into electrification in the coming months.