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

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

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.

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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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.)

  • Zipper69 Current radio ads blare "your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer" and the facias read the same. Is the honeymoon with FIAT over now the 500 and big 500 have stopped selling?
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  • ToolGuy Personally I have no idea what anyone in this video is talking about, perhaps someone can explain it to me.
  • ToolGuy Friendly reminder of two indisputable facts: A) Winners buy new vehicles (only losers buy used), and B) New vehicle buyers are geniuses (their vehicle choices prove it):
  • Groza George Stellantis live off the back of cheap V8 cars with old technology and suffers from lack of new product development. Now that regulations killed this market, they have to ditch the outdated overhead.They are not ready to face the tsunami of cheap Chinese EVs or ready to even go hybrid and will be left in the dust. I expect most of their US offerings to be made in Mexico in the future for good tariff protection and lower costs of labor instead of overpriced and inflexible union labor.