two 100% electric Jeeps to block Defenders and Range Rovers in 2023

Stating loud and clear that “Jeep wants to become the world leader in electrified SUVs and 4x4s,” Christian Meunier, the Frenchman who runs the Detroit brand, backs up his speech with tangible evidence. First, through new images and an official name (Avenger) for the small electric urban SUV marketed at the World Cup. Then, with the revelation, during the back-to-school press conference, of two more unexpected Jeep 4x4s. Both are electric and are based on the new STLA-L platform of the Franco-Italian-American group Stellantis, but they are intended for diametrically opposite uses. So the Recon is aimed at fans of the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser and other Land Rover Defenders who would like to switch to 100% electric propulsion! As the Jeep Wagoneer S tries to reconnect with the SUV chic positioning it pioneered in the early 1960s.

The Jeep Recon, an electric Siamese for the Wrangler

The Jeep Recon: a great electric adventurer with the fake Wrangler look© Jeep

If the arrival of an electric urban Jeep -aka Jeep Avenger- was claimed for months, confirmation from a 100% wattage franchisor like the Jeep Recon promises to be has not been earned in advance. Especially from 2023. Knowing that it does not replace the stainless steel Jeep Wrangler, renewed in 2017, but it doubles the Jeep offer in its specialty, the “pure and hard” 4 x 4.

Also, referring to the Rubicon Trail, famous and difficult off-road course in the Sierra Nevada (California), Christian Meunier, the head of Jeep, wants to confirm the claims of his electric off-road: “The all-new all-electric Jeep Recon has the ability to ride the famous Rubicon Trail […] and reach the end of the trail with enough autonomy to return to the city to recharge the batteries.“In terms of autonomy, this route of about twenty kilometers does not give significant indications. On the other hand, he testifies that this Jeep Recon should not disappoint practitioners – much rarer in France than in the United States – of spectacular crossings. Thus, Jeep promises that this electric 4×4 “will improve off-road adventures thanks to the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, electric axle lock technology (e-locker), protection of the underside of the bodywork, towing hooks and off-road specific tires”. As for the scope of Recon, must exceed 600 km of autonomy even if Jeep does not confirm the characteristics of your battery or electric unit. While American customers will be able to book their Jeep Recon in early 2023, when it will be unveiled across the Atlantic, first deliveries won’t be until 2024. Suffice to say, this electric Wrangler won’t arrive with us for two years.

Jeep Wagoneer S, an electric face for the Range Rover

Jeep Wagoneer S: a pure electric juggernaut is one of the great American SUVs
Jeep Wagoneer S: a pure electric juggernaut is one of the great American SUVs© Jeep

When we see California – one of America’s most car-loving states – legislating a ban on the sale of internal combustion cars in 2035, we tell ourselves that even in the United States, the market for 4x4s and SUVs is going to change. And Jeep anticipates with its Wagoneer S project for 2023 that just doesn’t have the Jeep logo. Because the idea is to reconnect with the high-end positioning that this ancestor of premium SUVs invented. This reconquest began in the United States from 2021 with the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer V8, after a long absence since its production ceased in 1991. However, already in 1963, the Jeep Wagoneer laid the foundations for what we call from a fancy SUV, a refined 4×4 (6-cylinder engine, power steering, automatic transmission…) and that, almost ten years before the Range Rover. On the other side of the Atlantic, the current Jeep Wagoneer therefore competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition, which are around 5.45 m! And the Grand Wagoneer rises by 12 inches to stock high-tech or “European luxury” gear to rival the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.. All without bearing the Jeep emblem. And this electric, for now called Jeep Wagoneer S, to imitate them, confirming the desire of the most powerful American brand of Stellantis to oppose the European tenors. But we will have to wait until 2023 to board this “full electric” and see if it can stand up to the Mercedes EQS SUV, BMW iX and future Volvo “Embla”. As for its design, envisioned by the team of Ralph Gilles – Stellantis’ head of design in Detroit –, shows that it thinks of challenging the Range Rover and the Range Sport, two thermal SUVs that won’t convert to 100% electric before 2024. While this Jeep Wagonner S is built on an STLA-L platform designed from the ground up for all-electric, allowing “ achieve a range of 400 miles (about 640 km) on a single charge, 600 hp and 0 to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds,” according to Jeep.

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An electric Cherokee in 2025?

By 2025, Jeep therefore guarantees to market four purely electric 4x4s in Europe and in its first market: North America. with the unprecedented Jeep Avenger in 2022 and the Jeep Recon or future Jeep Wagoneer S, both made in the United States from 2023, we already know three of them, without the American record company specifying at the moment the nature of the fourth. But looking at the range these three new “emissions-free” SUVs draw and that doubles the Renegade/Wrangler and Grand Wagoneer offering, we tell ourselves it’s a 100% electric twin to the Grand Cherokee that the Jeep will miss. Verdict to follow.

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