The Jeep 4xe day is here, and in addition to laying out electrification plans, the brand revealed some all-new and very interesting products. And we'll get to those in a bit, but first let's cover the broad strokes. The long-term goal is for Jeep to only offer electric models in Europe by 2030. In the U.S. half of its models will be fully electric, but the entire line-up will be either full-electric or some kind of hybrid. On the way to that goal, it will launch a total of four full electric models across North America and Europe by 2025, three of which have been announced today. And with that, let's start talking about those new EVs, plus an upcoming plug-in hybrid, in rough order of relevance and what has us excited. Jeep Recon The Recon caught us by surprise, and it's a good surprise. It's a very, very Wrangler-like machine with its boxy shape, short overhangs, high ground clearance, big tires and removable doors and more. But from what Jeep executives were saying, it is NOT a replacement for the Wrangler. So fans of the classic SUV shouldn't panic. The Recon is fully electric, and it won't have an internal combustion counterpart. And despite the similarities between the Recon and Wrangler, there are distinct differences. The most obvious one of course is the pair of square headlights up front. The hood is much wider, as are the metal fenders. And if we zoom in really close, it looks like the Recon has independent rear suspension; probably independent front, too. That's just what we can tell from the photos, as Jeep hasn't said anything about the Recon's specifications or construction short of saying it will have off-road tires, locking axles and skid plates. If anything, this seems like a a Wrangler for someone that wants something a bit more refined for on-road use. But we're sure it'll still be quite capable off-road. While this design will likely see some tweaks, Jeep said that the Recon will start production in North America in 2024, and it will start taking reservations next year. Jeep Wagoneer S At the other end of the spectrum is the Wagoneer S. That's just its codename for now, and as Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles said, the S stands for "Speed, Striking and Sexy." The speed is courtesy of the 600-horsepower electric powertrain and all-wheel drive that get the Wagoneer S to 60 mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds. Jeep is also aiming for a 400-mile range for the Wagoneer S. The design is much more sleek and obviously aerodynamic than many current Jeep models. It features a new grille that still retains elements of the seven-slot grille, but in a much more sculptural form. The grille also lights up, While the Wagoneer S has a fairly conventional SUV profile, it's a bit deceptive. It has a large rear wing that hides the more fastback-style rear window. It's almost like the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT's "R-Wing" nose, but at the back. Like the Recon, the Wagoneer S will be built in North America starting in 2024 with reservations opening next year. Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe PHEV Rounding out the 2024 line-up for North America is the Grand Wagoneer 4xe. The plug-in hybrid will have a total range of 500 miles on gas and electricity. Jeep didn't give any other details about the powertrain such as electric-only range or fuel economy. We're expecting the powertrain will be a variant of the turbocharged four-cylinder and electric motor used in the Grand Cherokee 4xe and Wrangler 4xe. In those vehicles it makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which should be perfectly adequate for the full-size SUV. Jeep Avenger Finally, we come to the first Jeep electric model, period, the Jeep Avenger. It was shown back in March without any name, and it was rumored to be called "Jeepster," but that's not the case. Also, we won't be getting it in the U.S. The Avenger is only for export markets, with the reasoning given that it's basically too small for the U.S. market. It's in fact smaller than the Jeep Renegade. Details were still scant, but Jeep said the range estimate is around 249 miles, which is likely on the more generous European WLTP test cycle. The Avenger will be built in Poland, and we suspect it's related to the platform underpinning the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 and the Opel Corsa-e and Mokka-e. For more visit https://www.autoblog.com/2022/09/08/jeep-recon-wagoneer-s-avenger-ev-electric-plans #jeep #jeep4xe #jeeprecon #jeepwagoneers
- Welcome to the future.
(SINGING) Welcome to the future. [INAUDIBLE] Welcome to the future. This is the future now.
CHRISTIAN MEUNIER: It's my pleasure to present to you our Jeep 4xe Day, a celebration of the next generation of freedom lovers and adventurers. 4xe is the Jeep brand's exclusive take on electrification. This is a forward-thinking strategy to help ensure millions of Jeep fans around the world have a planet to play on, to explore, embrace, and protect. The Jeep brand is in the midst of a profound transformation of our portfolio. And it's already proven a big success.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is, by far, the number one selling plug-in hybrid in America. The Jeep brand is also number one in sales of low-emission vehicles in Italy, our largest market in Europe. Join us now on an adventure in seven trails. Our ultimate destination, zero-emission freedom. But first, let's reflect on how we arrived where we are today.
- Born in 1941, the Jeep brand has lived by its core values of freedom, adventure, authenticity, and passion. Over those eight decades, we've been on an endless quest to build the most capable off-road production vehicles in the world.
CHRISTIAN MEUNIER: The Jeep brand's legendary 4x4 capability continues to evolve with the use of electrification and technology, providing our community with more of what they love, more capability by increasing on-demand torque from the 4xe electrified powertrain for 4x4 traction more fun by delivering even more driving excitement for your next off-road adventure, and more freedom, the ability to go anywhere and do anything with open-air freedom in near silence, with a quiet performance of the 4xe system. This is why we say that 4xe is the new 4x4.
And now, let's take a peek into the future with the bold and exciting new Wagoneer model.
RALPH GILLES: I'm thrilled to share an all new entry into the Wagoneer family. For now, we're calling it Wagoneer S, S for speed, striking, and sexy. Speed, this all-new electric Wagoneer aims to deliver 0 to 60 in around 3 and 1/2 seconds, with up to 600 horsepower and 400 miles of estimated range. Striking, the forward-leaning face of the Wagoneer reinterprets our iconic seven vertical elements with a proud and piercing new stance. Sexy, the clean body line accentuates the windswept profile of the Wagoneer.
We then took the design even further and reimagined the roof, as it plunges beneath this gorgeous hovering wing, supported by two soaring D pillars, which is my favorite part of the design. With this bold design, we hope to redefine the art of American premium. Now, let's go to Europe.
ANTONELLA BRUNO: Thank you, Ralph. In Europe, the Jeep brand has evolved at the speed of light. We are excited that by the end of this year, in most of our markets 100% of new vehicle in our portfolio will be electrified.
- Oh, wow, is that fully electric?
ANTONELLA BRUNOI: This, Aubreé, is the new Jeep Avenger, the first full-electric Jeep SUV in Europe. This modern, fun, and emotional SUV targets an estimated electric range of 400 kilometers and will offer our latest digital and connected infotainment system. The Avenger is concentrated freedom, stylish, and functional, with plenty of space for people and gear. Let's us now turn our attention to Jim in North America.
JIM MORRISON: Thank you, Antonella. As pioneers in the 4x4 segment, we are building upon the success of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. By the end of 2025, we plan to offer electrified 4xe models across the entire portfolio, with four being all-electric vehicles competing in the heart of the marketplace.
- Wow, can it get all the way up here?
JIM MORRISON: It sure can, Kylie. With an estimated combined range of over 500 miles, this vehicle is being designed to drive you the distance from New York, New York to Toronto, Ontario, Canada with only one initial charge. With the continuous expansion of the 4xe technology across our entire portfolio, we are redefining freedom and adventure in a way that only the Jeep brand can.
RALPH GILLES: The last vehicle we're sharing today was designed to put a smile on your face. With impressive on-road and off-road capability, the all-electric Jeep Recon aims to deliver authentic Jeep brand open air freedom with fully removable doors and windows. We worked with our friends in engineering to design the Jeep Recon with impressive approach, departure, and breakover angles, providing an off-road performance worthy of the Jeep brand name. The rugged, all-electric and fully connected Jeep Recon showcases why we say that 4xe is the new 4x4, which means more capable, more fun, and more open air freedom.
- Wait, is that a Wrangler?
RALPH GILLES: Good on you for recognizing that they're brothers. It was absolutely inspired by the Wrangler, which is the king of our portfolio vehicles and will always lead the charge.
CHRISTIAN MEUNIER: What you've witnessed today is a glimpse of our new portfolio of electrified SUVs to launch by the end of 2024. This powerful combination of Jeep design, legendary 4x4 capability, and electrification will reshape the SUV market. The Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S are the first fully electric global SUVs launching in North America in 2024, and followed by Europe and other regions. And in that same year, the Grand Wagoneer 4xe will arrive in US showrooms. In Europe, the all-electric Jeep Avenger will launch early next year.
The models we revealed today showcase how the combination of electrification and technology enhance our legendary 4x4 capability. We plan to lead the charge into the future so that more people around the world can join the Jeep community towards zero-emission freedom. Thank you.
- Welcome to the future.
(SINGING) Welcome to the future. This is the future now.
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