The 2024 Jeep Recon is an all-electric SUV with big Wrangler vibes

During Thursday’s Jeep 4xe Day event, the SUV brand outlined its plans electrify their entire lineup in the coming years. That means new plug-in hybrid models for its existing portfolio, but the highlight of the event was the announcement of two new all-electric SUVs coming in 2024: the fast Wagoneer S and this boxy beauty, the all-new Jeep Recon, which is essentially an all-electric Wrangler, but not quite.

The Wrangler 4xe is “by far the #1 selling PHEV in America,” according to Christian Meunier, CEO of the Jeep brand. On the one hand, there isn’t much serious competition in that segment, with many automakers jumping straight to full electric cars. But on the other hand, it proves that Wrangler customers have an appetite for electrification and that an all-electric, off-road capable SUV is the next logical step. Instead of slapping a bigger battery in the current Wrangler 4xe, Jeep went back to the drawing board for the new Recon.

According to Stellanti’s head of design, Ralph Gilles, the electric car was written in the same design studio as the Wrangler and is similar in size and proportion. However, its packaging is a little different, built on STLA Large platform which also underpins the Wagoneer S. The Recon inherits the Wrangler’s big tires, long-travel suspension and extreme approach, departure and breakover angles, as well as the signature twin-box design.

However, the Recon’s design has a lower belt – likely necessitated by the flat battery pack under the floor – and less pronounced fenders. Between the massed proportions and the upright roof and windshield, the Recon has the most greenhouse glass the brand has ever used in a vehicle, according to Gilles. If an airy cabin feel isn’t enough, the SUV also features a one-touch power sliding roof and Wrangler-style removable doors with exposed hinges.

Without an engine in the front, the designers were able to make room under the hood for a fruitful storage space for equipment and luggage. The front end also features bright blue towbars – like those on other 4xe models – and a completely different version of Jeep’s seven-slat grille with LED lighting around each rectangular element, and square rather than circular headlight signatures. In the meantime, have latest generation Uconnect infotainment in the dashboard are detailed travel guides for the most notable off-road tracks.

Bookings for the Recon will open in 2023 and the first deliveries are expected sometime in 2024.

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Jeep tells us the Recon will be a “true Jeep” with the high level of off-road capability expected of the brand thanks to Selec-Terrain traction management and electronically locking axles. However, the automaker is tight-lipped about most other details about the electric powertrain, saving those details until closer to launch. We don’t know if it will be powered by one or two motors, what size battery will be offered or how much range it will have per charge.

“The all-new, all-electric Jeep Recon has the ability to traverse the mighty Rubicon Trail, one of the most challenging off-road trails in the United States, and reach the end of the trail with enough range to drive back to town and recharge,” according to Meunier. So more than 22 miles of range, we’re guessing.

Jeep executives also emphasized that the Wrangler is and will continue to be the brand’s alpha off-road vehicle and that the Recon is not intended to replace its most iconic model. “To make it clear,” Meunier reiterated, “the Wrangler remains the Wrangler, the icon of the brand. It’s very clear. The best of the best of the best is the Wrangler; it’s the most capable.”

Along with the Wagoneer S, the Jeep Recon will be one of the first two all-new electric SUVs to launch in North America with reservations opening in 2023 and first deliveries expected in 2024. Pricing, as well as range, will be announced closer to launch. Both SUVs will be built in the US, which should make them eligible the new federal electric car tax credit. In 2025, Jeep will add another as-yet-unannounced all-electric model to its North American lineup, and will also sell Avenger EV abroad.

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