Jeep: an electric future with the Avenger first!

Jeep: an electric future with the Avenger first!

Jeep: an electric future with the Avenger first!

Is the American brand Jeep on track to successfully switch to electrification of its range? Yes, if we are to believe the announcements of Christian Meunier (who has been managing Jeep since 2019) during the “Jeep 4xe Day” videoconference on 7 September. By 2030, the American brand, which is part of the Stellantis group, wants to sell electric vehicles only in Europe and 50% in the North American continent. When it comes to electrification for Jeeps, we are talking about hybrid vehicles for the moment. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the best-selling plug-in hybrid model in the United States. While only the 4xe hybrid vehicles are on sale in France, the versions with the internal combustion engine have been withdrawn from the catalog since 1 June. And as for 100% electric vehicles, there aren’t any yet, but it will come very soon. Four electric SUVs are already planned and Jeep has presented us with three, the fourth will be unveiled later.

It was Frenchman Christian Meunier, who heads the global operations of the Jeep brand, who introduced us to Jeep's electric products plan for the next few years.
It was Frenchman Christian Meunier, who heads the global operations of the Jeep brand, who introduced us to Jeep’s electric products plan for the next few years.

The first 100% electric model is the Jeep Avenger. It is a small SUV that we have talked about extensively about Caradisiac (until now it was called “Baby Jeep”). Produced on the Stellantis STLA Small platform (extrapolated from the e-CMP), this small vehicle is positioned in the range below the Jeep Renegade. It should exist with heat engines in some markets, but should only be offered in electric in France. For the moment, the technical details of this model are reserved and will only be revealed on the first day of the Paris Motor Show, October 17. With good ground clearance and nice angles of attack and flight, this car is a true Jeep and will be available in 4×2 and 4×4, we will discover these versions at the Mondial. The Avenger should also have a 136 hp electric motor, the one that already equips the city SUVs of the Stellantis DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Peugeot e-2008 and Opel Mokka-e group. For the moment Jeep announces only its autonomy, it would be 400 km.

Faithful enough to the illustrations presented by Stellantis last March, the Jeep Avenger sports a handsome face and a discreet blue
Faithful enough to the illustrations presented by Stellantis last March, the Jeep Avenger sports a handsome face and a discreet blue “e” on the grille that indicates it’s electric.

Avenger may suggest an American superhero film, but it is also the name of a coupe from Dodge, another Stellantis brand, marketed from 1995 to 2000 (later as a sedan from 2007 to 2014) and which did not enjoy much commercial success. We wish more luck to the small Jeep SUV that will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. On this occasion it will be immediately available for order in a limited series of Launch Editions, before its arrival in dealerships and its commercial launch really begins in the early days of 2023. As we told you, this SUV is manufactured in Poland at Tychy, how will the future be other small SUVs of the Stellantis group: one model for Alfa Romeo (which would be called Brenner or Palade) and probably another for Fiat. In addition to Europe, this Avenger model will also be launched in Japan and South Korea.

Placed below the Renegade in the American manufacturer's range, the Jeep Avenger will be, according to the manufacturer, equipped with a modern and technologically advanced interior.  Some prototype photos confirmed this by showing an interior adorned with a cute infotainment screen.
Placed below the Renegade in the American manufacturer’s range, the Jeep Avenger will be, according to the manufacturer, equipped with a modern and technologically advanced interior. Some prototype photos confirmed this by showing an interior adorned with a cute infotainment screen.

The second model, scheduled for 2024, is the Jeep Recon. It is a completely new model, as Jeep engineers designed it from the ground up. It is purely electric and has true off-road capability. It is equipped with the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system with electric axle locking technology (e-locker). It also benefits from under-frame protection, tow hooks and specific off-road tires. Like the five-door Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Racon is an authentic Jeep convertible with a sliding roof and removable doors. It seems capable of achieving off-road skills, since Christian Meunier indicates that this model “… fully electric has the ability to traverse the acclaimed Rubicon Trail, one of the toughest trails in the United States, and reach the end of the trail with enough range to return to town to recharge.”.

A modernized Jeep Wrangler, here's what you might think when looking at the Jeep Recon.  In any case it is a beautiful all-terrain electric vehicle with which we can't wait to travel on rocky roads.
A modernized Jeep Wrangler, here’s what you might think when looking at the Jeep Recon. In any case it is a beautiful all-terrain electric vehicle with which we can’t wait to travel on rocky roads.

Modern, this vehicle benefits from all the latest technological advances and features the latest generation Uconnect system, with a detailed travel guide of the most extraordinary off-road routes. It is a truly global vehicle that will be produced from 2024 in North America. Note that customers from the United States will be able to book it in early 2023, but for Europe it will be a bit longer, probably in 2024 or 2025.

An open-air vehicle, the Jeep Recon has a sliding roof and removable doors.  According to the manufacturer, he is capable of all-terrain ability, given the special tires and angles of attack and departure, we want to believe it.
An open-air vehicle, the Jeep Recon has a sliding roof and removable doors. According to the manufacturer, he is capable of all-terrain ability, given the special tires and angles of attack and departure, we want to believe it.

The third and final model presented during this “Jeep 4xe Day” videoconference is the 100% electric Jeep Wagoneer. Codenamed Wagoneer S, this model will join the Wagoneer family in 2024, consisting of two models, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. In the US, these SUVs are powered by V8s and 6 cylinders in anticipation of receiving a plug-in hybrid engine. While Jeep does not market these vehicles here, it will not be the case for the new electric Wagoneer which goes into production in 2024 and is expected to arrive in the old continent sometime later.

A luxurious model, the Jeep Wagoneer S (this is its code name) will appeal to large families with its spacious interior.  Featuring flowing lines, it offers a nice contrast to other Jeep models and even dares the LED grille.
A luxurious model, the Jeep Wagoneer S (this is its code name) will appeal to large families with its spacious interior. Featuring flowing lines, it offers a nice contrast to other Jeep models and even dares the LED grille.

This model is a very large SUV which is decorated with a sleek and streamlined design. To stand out from other Wagoneers, the Jeep Wagoneer S revisits the famous seven-slot Jeep grille with LEDs. The electric Wagoneer will be like the thermal Wagoneer a true high-end off-roader. If it is very luxurious, the electric Wagoneer will also be powerful with an announced power of 600 hp, will be able to go from 0 to 96 km / h in about 3.5 seconds and thanks to the large batteries. it will display a good range of 400 miles (643 km).

By the end of 2025, four electric Jeep models will be marketed in Europe.  For the moment we know the Avenger, the Recon and this Wagoneer S, we look forward to seeing the fourth model.
By the end of 2025, four electric Jeep models will be marketed in Europe. For the moment we know the Avenger, the Recon and this Wagoneer S, we look forward to seeing the fourth model.

For Jeep, the switch to electric is important. So in Europe, regulations oblige, Jeep will only sell battery-powered vehicles from 2030 (BEV: 100% electric), no more PHEV (plug-in hybrid) unless European regulations are softened, some manufacturers are fighting in this direction. For the United States, Jeep counts on 50% of its sales in BEVs. Suffice it to say that it will take more than four vehicles to get there and others should be unveiled after 2025. This will not prevent the American brand from continuing to market thermal models in some countries, such as India where Jeep must replace Fiat, which has not managed to establish itself in this market. In the near future, Jeep wants to become the world leader in “zero emission” SUVs and at the same time become a high-volume global brand, this is the ambitious goal that Christian Meunier had set himself when he drove a Jeep in May 2019. therefore Jeep will do everything possible to achieve this.

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