Silence of the Cams: Jeep Shows New Electrified and All-Electric Models

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
silence of the cams jeep shows new electrified and all electric models

Preparing for a future in which there are a lot more batteries than spark plugs, Jeep has whipped the covers off a trio of electrified vehicles bound for the American market – and at least two of the all-electrics will be stateside in 2024.

Of greatest interest to this off-road gearhead is the new Jeep Recon. If its visage reminds you of the Wrangler, then job done. While it has been designed from the ground up as an EV and isn’t an existing model with electric motors shoved up its seven-slot nose, the similarities between this Recon and the venerable Wrangler are purely intentional. 

Details were scant about power and battery size, though Jeep was willing to say it will have “true trail-rated capability” thanks to a Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system plus e-locker axle technology and under-body protection. Aggressive off-road tires won’t help driving range but will provide the type of dirt grip for which this segment is known. Hewing to the Jeep Lifestyle (TM), Recon has a power-operated top and its doors can be removed. A top-down photo shows a pair of rocker switches surrounded by red paint – the same flourish given to the current Wrangler’s switch for engaging lockers. HMMMM. In addition to our country, the Jeep Recon will be sold in major markets around the world, including Europe.

It's always fun to read between the lines, so let’s do exactly that. While speaking about the other EV in its quiver, an all-electric Wagoneer, Jeep boss Christian Meunier divulged that both the Recon and Wagoneer EV use the STLA Large platform as their underpinnings, sharing the likes of batteries and some other gubbins but with a different ‘top hat’ and suspension. Here’s where logical deductions come into play: Jeep did openly say the Wagoneer EV is targeted to have 600 horsepower and a driving range of 400 miles. If even a percentage of those numbers translate to the Recon, it should be a hoot to drive – especially since Jim Morrison, head of Jeep brand North America, alluded to the fact that Recon should have similar off-road measurements as a Wrangler. Light it up, then.

Speaking of the Wagoneer EV, technically and mystifyingly called the Wagoneer S for now, that vehicle is said to have “similar legroom” as a Grand Cherokee, suggesting the electric and internal combustion Wagoneer lines could be markedly different in terms of overall footprint. The stats of 600 hp and 400 miles were repeated, as was a 0 – 60 mph run of 3.5 seconds. Its styling is a new take on traditional elements like the seven slot grille, now canted forward into the wind and lined with LED mascara. 

Elsewhere, noise was also made about a 4xe variant of the Wagoneer gasser, plus an all-electric Jeep Avenger (above, in yellow) which is only bound for Europe since its size – described as smaller than a Renegade – apparently is unwanted on this side of the pond. Very good, then. A couple of other EVs are slated to appear by 2025. American customers can make reservations for the Recon and electric Wagoneer early in the 2023 calendar year.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Sep 08, 2022

    Maybe my eyes are out of calibration but the Recon looks more like a Bronco wearing a Jeep mask than any Wrangler I am aware of.

    • Bobbysirhan Bobbysirhan on Sep 09, 2022

      The top photo looks like a Compass that broke down on the West Side Highway.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 09, 2022

    Ok this is more like it. (Since I went out on a limb awhile back and predicted that Stellantis would do interesting things with their upcoming EVs, I am somewhat relieved to see this.)

  • SCE to AUX To be clear, the mfrs aren't lying about the emissions as the car operates; it appears they have flexibility to report lifetime emissions through their own calculations.So Toyota chooses to use a 100,000 km lifespan for their car. This isn't Toyota's fault, since nobody is forcing them to use a different metric. Same with the other mfrs - T&E should go after the policy-makers instead of the mfrs.Interestingly, T&E has a lot of people working for it (84 shown in their 2021 annual report), with a € 10million budget that is funded by grants and donations. It's pretty left-leaning, so the usual climate change agenda is their deal.Not surprisingly, they target 2035 as the end of ICE vehicles.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird In the mid 80’s I purchased a 75 Mercury Cougar XR-7 for $600. It was silver with the 351-W along with a maroon interior buckets, console, floor shifter and Magnum 500 rally wheels. This was the 74-76 generation which were just a dressed up Torino/Montego. A bit less bloated with better road manners than the 77-79 near land yachts. The sister Torino Elite was a more rococo version while the Cougar had somewhat sportier pretensions though a bit different than it’s roots as a luxury upmarket Mustang. Peak PLC which is why Chrysler rushed the Cordoba to market in 75. I kept it for a while running with few issues until the rear main engine seal started to leak and sold it for what I paid.
  • J lu Car is really nice. One thing I cannot figure out is the strange indentation/crunch of the passenger side dash pad.Any ideas?
  • Brendan Pataky Not surprising. Most of these targets are unfeasible or if they are, are expensive to implement. That upcoming reporting change in Europe just seems like a giant forced "gotcha" to the industry. All very dystopian to just reduce every human activity to amount of carbon emitted.
  • Jkross22 Would be interested in the comparisons to BEVs here. Since the focus is on externalities, what's the human and environmental cost of mining BEV materials vs current ICE materials. "Upstream includes the supply chain, which for automobiles can be pretty dirty. Downstream is a big deal here because it includes emissions emitted after vehicles are sold. "Our phones, computers, building materials, internet technologies, food, energy, mass transit... it all tends to be pretty dirty. How do ICE and BEV cars compare to these? Let's explore private jets, military expeditions and luxury yachts, too. If we're really going to be honest about it, let's get it all out in the open.