Jeep: an electric future with the Avenger in the lead!

Is the American brand Jeep on its way to a successful transition to electrification in its range? Yes, if we believe the announcements of Christian Meunier (he has been in charge of Jeep since 2019) during the “Jeep 4xe Day” videoconference on September 7. In 2030, the American brand, part of the Stellantis group, wants only to sell electric vehicles in Europe and 50% in the North American continent. When we talk about electrification for Jeep, we are talking about the opportunity of hybrid cars. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the best-selling plug-in hybrid model in the United States. While in France, now only 4xe hybrid vehicles are sold, the thermal engine versions removed from the catalog since June 1. And as far as 100% electric vehicles, not yet, but that will come in soon. Four electric SUVs are already planned and Jeep presented us with three of them, the fourth will be revealed later.

The Frenchman Christian Meunier, the head of the world affairs of the Jeep brand, presented us with the electric product plan of Jeep for the next years.

The first 100% electric model is the Jeep Avenger. This is a small SUV that we told you about Caradisiac (it was called “Baby Jeep” until now). Produced on a Stellantis STLA Small platform (extrapolated from e-CMP), this small car sits in the range below the Jeep Renegade. It should have thermal engines in some markets, but should only be offered electric in France. For now, the technical details of this model are confidential and will only be revealed on the first day of the Paris Motor Show, on October 17. With good ground clearance and great angles of attack and flight, this car is a a real Jeep and available in 4×2 and 4×4, we will discover these versions of 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. So far Jeep has only announced its autonomy, it will be 400 km.

Very faithful to the illustrations presented by Stellantis in March, the Jeep Avenger shows a beautiful face and a little blue
Very faithful to the illustrations presented by Stellantis in March, the Jeep Avenger shows a beautiful face and a small blue “e” on the grille indicating that it is electric.

You might think of Avenger as an American superhero movie, but it’s also the name of a coupé from Dodge, another brand from Stellantis, which was marketed from 1995 to 2000 (then as a sedan in 2007 to 2014) and not so well. commercial success. Let’s wish more luck with the small SUV from Jeep that will be presented at the Paris Motor Show. On this occasion, it is immediately available to order a limited series of the Launch Edition, before its arrival in dealerships and the commercial launch will actually start in the first days of 2023. As we told you, this SUV is made in Poland in Tychy, like the future other small SUVs of the Stellantis group: a model for Alfa Romeo (to be called Brennero or Palade) and maybe another for Fiat. Apart from Europe, this Avenger model will also be launched in Japan and South Korea.

Placed under the Renegade in the range of the American manufacturer, the Jeep Avenger, according to the manufacturer, is equipped with a modern and advanced technological interior.  Some prototype photos confirm this by showing an interior adorned with a nice infotainment screen.
Placed under the Renegade in the range of the American manufacturer, the Jeep Avenger, according to the manufacturer, is equipped with a modern and advanced technological interior. Some prototype photos confirm this by showing an interior adorned with a nice infotainment screen.

The second model, scheduled for 2024, is the Jeep Recon. This is a new model, because Jeep engineers designed it from scratch. It is exclusively electric and has real 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-chassis protection, towing hooks and off-road specific tyres. Like the five-door Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Racon is a true convertible Jeep with a sliding roof and removable doors. It seems to be able to achieve off-road prowess, because Christian Meunier showed that this model “… fully electric is capable of traversing the recognized Rubicon Trail, one of the most difficult trails in the United States, and reaching the end of the trail with enough range to return to the city to recharge “.

A modern Jeep Wrangler, that's what you think of when you look at the Jeep Recon.  In any case, this is a beautiful all-terrain electric vehicle that we can't wait to travel on rocky roads.
A modern Jeep Wrangler, that’s what you think of when you look at the Jeep Recon. In any case, this is a beautiful all-terrain electric vehicle that we can’t wait to travel on rocky roads.

Modern, this vehicle benefits from all the latest technological advances and has the latest generation Uconnect system, with a detailed travel guide on the most spectacular routes outside the street. This is a truly global car that will be produced from 2024 in North America. It should be noted that customers from the United States will be able to book it in early 2023, but for Europe it will be longer, maybe 2024 or 2025.

An open-air vehicle, the Jeep Recon has a sliding roof and removable doors.  According to the manufacturer, it can do all-terrain prowess, because of the special tires and the 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, it can do all-terrain prowess, because of the special tires and the 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, which consists of two models, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. In the United States, these SUVs are powered by V8s and 6 cylinders while waiting to receive a plug-in hybrid engine. While Jeep does not sell these vehicles here, this is not the case with the new electric Wagoneer which will start production in 2024 and which will arrive on the old continent after that.

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

This model is a very large SUV decorated with an elegant and aerodynamic design. To stand out from other Wagoneers, the Jeep Wagoneer S revisits Jeep’s famous seven-slot grille with LEDs. The electric Wagoneer will be like the thermal Wagoneer which is a true high-end all-terrain vehicle. If it is very luxurious, the electric Wagoneer will also be powerful with an announced power of 600 hp, it will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in about 3.5 seconds and thanks to large batteries . will feature a good autonomy of 400 miles (643 km).

By the end of 2025, four Jeep electric models will be sold in Europe.  So far we know the Avenger, the Recon and this Wagoneer S, we are waiting to see the fourth model impatiently.
By the end of 2025, four Jeep electric models will be sold in Europe. So far we know the Avenger, the Recon and this Wagoneer S, we are waiting to see the fourth model impatiently.

For Jeep, the electric switch is important. So in Europe, regulations oblige, Jeep will only sell battery-powered cars from 2030 (BEV: 100% electric), no more PHEV (plug-in hybrid) unless European regulations softened, some manufacturers are campaigning in this direction. For the United States, Jeep accounts for 50% of BEV sales. Suffice it to say that it will take more than four cars to get there and some will have to be revealed after 2025. This does not prevent the American brand from continuing to sell thermal models in some countries, like in India where Jeep has to replace Fiat, which has failed 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 global high-volume brand, this is the ambitious goal set for Christian Meunier to he reached the trunk of the Jeep. in May 2019, so Jeep will do everything to achieve it.

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