Jeep is on a mission to become the leading electrified SUV brand in the world, with the carmaker recently revealing three of the four models it aims to achieve such success with.
In what the brand is calling Jeep 4xe Day, the announcement was made that it would introduce four fully electric SUVs in North America and Europe by 2025. This is all part of Jeep’s plan for EVs to make up 50 per cent of its sales in North America and 100 per cent in Europe by 2030.
However, we were only treated to three new models this time around including the Recon and Wagoneer set for mid-2020s release dates, with the third Avenger model launching next year.
Starting with the Recon, it aims to capture the nature of those who love to explore the wilderness with a focus on off-road adventuring in complete silence, courtesy of its electric powertrain.
It won’t be based on a common platform either with the Recon being designed from the ground up as a four-wheel drive with Jeep’s trail-rated capability, electric locking differentials, under-body protection, tow hooks and aggressive off-road tyres.
Much like the current Wrangler, the Recon allows for its doors to be removed along with a powered open-air retractable roof.
Travel guides and notable trails will also be featured in its Uconnect system.
The Recon will go on display to the public next year with production planned for 2024 in the US. Jeep says it will also be sold in other major markets around the world including Europe.
Jeep Wagoneer S
Second up is the all-electric Wagoneer S, penned as a premium SUV that offers a “unique, sleek, and aerodynamic design,” complete with four-wheel drive capability.
Only offered as a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Wagoneer S targets a range of 643km on a single charge while being able to reach 100km/h from a standstill in around 3.5 seconds thanks to its 447kW of power.
Exterior design is highlighted by a signature LED-lit grille and is aimed at being aerodynamically efficient.
The Wagoneer S will be displayed to the public next year with production starting in 2024. Reservations open to customers in North America in 2023 with the model also being available in other major markets around the world like Europe.
Last but not least is the Avenger. While we have previously seen teaser shots and leaks of this vehicle, the model has now been officially revealed.
The Avenger is Jeep’s answer to the compact SUV craze with the model aimed for release in Europe, Japan and South Korea.
Positioned under the Jeep Renegade, the Avenger targets a range of 400km and offers impressive ground clearance, breakover and approach angles for its segment. It also delivers a modern and tech-packed interior with plenty of space for people and cargo.
The Jeep Avenger will debut 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.
4xe is the new 4×4
Each electric Jeep model will carry a new nameplate dubbed “4xe” which seeks to combine four-wheel drive capability with the new electric drivetrains.
“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 Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO.
While there’s no news on Jeep’s plans for the models making their way to New Zealand, it’s likely we’ll see them in the coming years as the brand begins to transform its entire portfolio to EVs.