Jeep Reveals Electrification Plans, Includes Four All-Electric SUVs
Four new Jeep all-electric vehicles will be launched into key markets, including North America and Europe by 2025. The plans were unveiled overnight as the Jeep brand announced all the details around their EV plans for the future with a goal to transform the lineup and become the leading electrified SUV brand in the world. We’ve detailed all the new vehicles below as well as some key facts.
Top Line Figures of Jeep’s Electric Vehicle Plan
These are the quick facts you should know about Jeep’s electric future.
- The brand will introduce four zero-emission Win a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera and $20,000! in North America and in Europe by 2025.
- Electrified models will be offered across the entire U.S. portfolio, including Wagoneer 4xe vehicles.
- 50% of sales in the U.S. and 100% of sales in Europe will be battery-electric vehicles (BEV) by 2030.
- The brand premieres two all-new, all-electric, global SUVs.
- Jeep Avenger, the first-ever fully electric Jeep SUV for Europe, will debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 17.
“Driven by the success of our electrified 4xe portfolio in North America and Europe, we are designing and developing the most capable and sustainable Jeep SUVs to date, on our path to becoming the leading zero-emission SUV brand in the world,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO. “This is a forward-thinking strategy to help ensure millions of Jeep fans around the world continue to have a planet to explore, embrace and protect. Electrification is great for our brand, making it even more capable, exciting, sustainable and fun.”
Electric Jeep Models Will Include
At the top of our list sits the new Jeep Recon. Set to be one of the first all-new electric SUVs that will launch in North America we can’t help but draw comparisons between this vehicle and the classic Wrangler it’s clearly attempting to mimic. While the renderings above hint at a softer vehicle that will forgo the flex and capability of solid front and rear axles, the brand maintains that this all-new vehicle is aimed at those who love to explore extreme adventures.
The Jeep Recon will withhold a true trail-rated capability with the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, e-locker axle technology, under-body protection, tow hooks and aggressive off-road tires. What it might relinquish in customisation and ‘flex’ it would more than likely make up for with technology as offroad EVs today – such as the Rivian R1S – are proving that EVs are still genuinely capable offroad.
“The all-new, all-electric Jeep Recon has the capability to cross the mighty Rubicon Trail, one of the most challenging off-road trails in the U.S., and reach the end of the trail with enough range to drive back to town and recharge,” said Meunier.
Being able to take in the beauty of mother nature in complete silence is also a big plus in our eyes and this is all the more prevalent thanks to an authentic Jeep open-air freedom top with a one-touch powertop, removable doors and glass. The Recon will also include the latest generation Uconnect system with detailed travel guides on the most notable off-road trails. How the Recon will fair on the Rubicon trail will only be revealed with time but with production due to start in 2024 in North America, it shouldn’t be long before we find out.
The Jeep Wagoneer will look to directly target the success of vehicles like the Rivian R1S with a unique, sleek, aerodynamic design and 4×4 capability as standard. More importantly, the headline figures are just as impressive with a targeted range of 400 miles on a single charge, 600 hp and a 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds.
“We’ll delight our customers with a premium, highly efficient SUV that is loaded with technology and high-quality craftsmanship, offering 4×4 capability, high performance, rapid acceleration and a target range of 400 miles on a single charge,” added Meunier.
Production for the Jeep Wagoneer BEV will start in 2024 in North America, and customers in the U.S. can make a reservation for this all-electric Wagoneer model in early 2023. It will be sold in major markets around the world, including Europe. News on its Australian arrival has not been detailed, but with the Rivian due to arrive in the next 24 months we wouldn’t be surprised to see this brute arrive soon.
We originally detailed information about the new Jeep Avenger as it was unveiled back in March as the Jeep BEV. The car will be positioned under the Renegade and be the first model of the all-electric product offensive introduced into Europe. This plan will see all Jeep sales in the region become 100% battery electric by 2030. Other markets, such as Japan and South Korea, will also see the Avenger platform that’s produced in the high-efficiency plant in Tychy, Poland.
The targeted range for the Jeep Avenger will be around 400 kilometres, which is suitable for most urban environments, although not good enough for countries such as Australia where travel between cities can exceed 600km. While it’s possible, our testing shows that this is still not a viable solution for most families when EV range can be halved in cold weather and freeway drives. It looks like the Wagoneer’s predicted range of more than 500 miles would be far more suitable, so fingers crossed!
“The all-new Avenger will offer Jeep brand capability that is rightsized for the European market,” said Antonella Bruno, head of Jeep Europe at Stellantis, “This modern, fun and emotional SUV will appeal to a growing set of customers who are looking for a capable, compact, modern and all-electric Jeep brand alternative to the current players.”
Look for more information about the Jeep Avenger to arrive as it debuts during the Paris Motor Show press day, on October 17, with reservations opening for customers that same day. The all-new Jeep Avenger will arrive in showrooms in early 2023.
The Future of Jeep 4xe
The Jeep 4xe program will continue into the future with the use of electric motors enhancing the 4×4 capability of the model range. Specific details for the rest of the world (including Australia) are set to be confirmed at a later date, however, Jeep brand CEO, Christian Meunier, says that while the current plan focuses on North America and Europe, this doesn’t rule out the potential for rollout in other regions.
“Today we shared only a glimpse of our new portfolio of all-electric SUVs, providing tangible evidence of what is to come in the next 24 months and why we say that 4xe is the new 4×4,” said Meunier. “This powerful combination of Jeep design, legendary 4×4 capability and electrification will reshape the SUV market, allowing more customers in more countries and in more segments to join us on our path toward Zero Emission Freedom.”
Which of these vehicles will Australia secure? Only time will tell, but we’re hoping the answer is “all of the above.”