Jeep just announced three exciting new models during their 4x-day media launch on September 8th. While one of these new vehicles, the Jeep Avenger, will be exclusively available in Europe. Stellantis says the other two, the Jeep Wagoneer S and Jeep Recon, will be the world’s first “all-electric, global SUVs” when they launch in 2024.
The new electric Wagoneer S appears to be a natural, luxurious evolution of the current Wagoneer range. The Recon, however, catches the eye as only a shiny new toy from Jeep can. Chief design officer at Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, says it best in this Jeep YouTube clip by saying that the new Recon is “designed to put a smile on your face.”
It seems that they got that part right in the design language at least. With little known about the other specs, we’re eager to see if the Recon will still “put a smile on your face” from the driver’s seat.
Recon has true Jeep performance
The team at Stellantis doesn’t care about Jeep’s reputation as a brand with any of these new 4xe models. Especially not Recon. They are already positioning this as an off-road adventure vehicle. With the comment, “This all-new vehicle is aimed at those who love to explore extreme adventures in near silence with a robust, all-electric vehicle package.” right out of the gate it’s very obvious what the intent is, although we don’t have all the details yet.
What we do know are the basics; The Recon is meant to be a completely new design, all Jeep, and designed from the ground up as a 4wd vehicle. The all-electric powertrain means they get to add this to their quest to become the leading electrified SUV brand in the world. They’re looking to have 100% of their European lineup (as well as 50% of the US lineup) fully electric by 2030. We also know that the Recon will have some sort of selectable 4wd, called “Jeep Selec-Terrain,” as well as ” e-locker shoulder technology”. The last one is particularly interesting.
Perhaps the engineers are also hoping to stay at the top of the heap when it comes to off-road prowess in this new EV world. Newcomers like the Rivian R1T have received rave reviews when it comes to off-road capabilities. Jeep really wants to be seen as the top off-road choice when it comes to electric vehicles in the future.
Recon Is All Jeep All-Around
There are plenty of typical Jeep features that jump onto the new Recon. Jeep is the kind of brand that has a very strong identity, one that they rarely hide in their design of a new model. Right off the bat, you’ll notice they’ve given the Recon not only a push-button power top, but removable doors AND windows. Styling wise, I’m a big fan of the removable rear quarter windows.
All signs point to it being a feature on the production model, let’s hope it sticks around. Outside of the removable doors and windows, there’s a redesigned version of the Jeep Uconnect system to look forward to. The new system promises users detailed “tour guides” for prominent off-road trails. Anyone betting on the Rubicon Trail at the top of the travel guide list?
I’m sure it will have its place. In fact, Jeep does a little Rubicon shout-out in the press release, saying that the Recon will actually be able to drive the entire route with enough range left to get back to town and recharge. Exciting news for Jeepers who want to test the capabilities of their new Recon.
Is The Recon the long-awaited successor to the Wrangler
There is no doubt that the Wrangler is the most iconic vehicle in the Jeep lineup. Not only that, the brand’s first attempt at an electrified Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, has been a runaway success by all accounts. It is currently the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the United States. A fact that would have seemed like pure fantasy just 15 years ago when the latest generation JK models were introduced.
Times have certainly changed since then. The current JL Wranglers have more options than ever and seem to be getting even more popular with time. But how long will the public accept such a primitively designed vehicle? As much as it pains enthusiasts to think about it, there is likely a day in the not-too-distant future when axle-and-body-on-frame SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler will cease to exist all together. Perhaps Recon is a glimmer of hope in the dystopian future.
Source: Stellantis North America, Jeep