Jeep is one of the most recognised global automotive brands and the American SUV maker is now embracing EVs. European buyers have been privileged to EV Jeeps, with the brand’s platform shared Avenger, a crossover EV related to the Fiat 600e and Vauxhall Mokka. But what about customers who want the legacy Jeep design and presence in a much larger form, with the benefits of an EV powertrain?
For decades, Jeeps have been known for their six- and eight-cylinder petrol engines. Under the Mopar sub-brand, which is part of the Stellantis corporate organigram through its association with Chrysler, Jeep has made some of the most powerful V8 SUVs available. But all that is changing, soon, with greater powertrain diversity.
Although Jeep has shown intriguing EV concept versions of models like its hardcore rock-crawling Wrangler, it has adopted a more cautious development approach with its mid- and large SUVs and their powertrain electrification journey.
Jeep revived the Wagoneer nameplate in 2021, as a large luxury SUV, after the previous version was discontinued in 1993. And the latest Wagoneer will add an EV version shortly, coming to market later this year.
Wagoneer S appears to be a dedicated EV development by Jeep. Its body panels are markedly different from Wagoneer, featuring enhanced aerodynamic profiling. The signature Jeep seven-slot grille theme has been retained, with shaped LEDs on the nose front panel, creating Jeep’s signature rearview mirror view.
Jeep has not detailed comprehensive technical specifications for Wagoneer S, but has confirmed that it will be capable of 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, driven by electric motors totalling 600hp of peak power. Expect a huge battery pack to deliver that calibre of performance and reasonable range, for a vehicle of Wagoneer S’s size.
As with all large Jeeps, off-road ability will be prodigious, thanks to the 4xe all-wheel drive system, enhanced by function-selectable all-terrain management settings. Jeep was an early innovator with terrain response systems. The potential of an off-road EV’s instantaneous torque delivery and terrain management settings is enormous.
Beyond the Wagoneer S, Jeep plans to add a second EV to its product portfolio this year. The Recon will be another compact EV, complementing the Avenger.