Jeep will launch four electric SUVs for North America and Europe by the end of 2025, with at least two coming to the United States, the automaker confirmed Thursday. Yes ok Jeep has some plug-in hybrids in its lineup, these will be the brand’s first all-electric models.
The first of these models to launch will be the Jeep Recon, which is scheduled to begin production in 2024, with reservations opening in early 2023. While it won’t be fully revealed until next year, Jeep confirmed that the Recon will have a “one-touch power top, removable doors and glass,” similar to the current Jeep Wrangler. While it doesn’t replace the Wrangler, it’s definitely inspired by the iconic off-roader, said Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep brand in North America, during a presentation of the electrification plan.
Jeep also promises comparable off-road capability to its current models. The Recon will have Selec-Terrain driving modes, an electronic locker, underbody protection, and off-road tires—all features expected in a proper 4×4. It will also feature the Uconnect infotainment system used by other Jeep models and those of other stellantis brands, with trip guides for off-road trails.
The second Jeep EV confirmed for North America will be an all-electric version of the automaker’s flagship Wagoneer. Codenamed Wagoneer S, this version will get 600 horsepower, enabling zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to Jeep. The automaker is also targeting a range of 400 miles, about the same as a Tesla Model S. While the current Wagoneer is a huge full-size SUV with the aerodynamic qualities of a warehouse, Jeep has indicated that the Wagoneer S will be a smaller midsize model with a sleeker design.
Like the Recon, the Wagoneer EV will be fully revealed next year, with reservations opening then and production starting in 2024. The third electric SUV, the Jeep Avenger, will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. 2022 on October 17 and will be released in Europe in 2023, but it will not come to the United States. It’s too small to make sense for this market, Morrison said. Jeep is not offering any details on the fourth model at this time.
Jeep expects electric vehicles to quickly displace internal combustion models. The automaker forecasts that electric vehicles will account for 50% of its US sales by 2030, with European sales going 100% electric by then. Jeep also plans to electrify its entire North American lineup by 2025, likely with a mix of all-electric models and more 4xe plug-in hybrids, including a 4xe Wagoneer launching in 2024.
We’ve seen the potential for electric off-roaders in the Jeep Magneto 2.0 prototype, as well as plug-in hybrids like the Grand Cherokee 4xe, which can go just about anywhere their internal-combustion counterparts can. But like other automakers, Jeep will have to figure out things like charging infrastructure, dealer training and supply chains to make its electric transformation.