Stellantis released more information on its future electrification strategy this week, announcing plans to release the battery-electric Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S in North America and select global markets, as well as the Jeep Avenger for Europe and other small vehicle markets.
Headlining this series of announcements is the 2023 Jeep Recon, which is a battery-powered off-roader akin to the Jeep Wrangler with removable doors and glass, and a one-touch power top. This ground-up new BEV will also offer a Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, e-lockers (similar to the GMC Hummer EV’s), under-body protection, tow hooks and aggressive off-road tires, the automaker says, as well as the latest version of its Uconnect infotainment system. Production will take place at a yet-to-be-announced plant in North America, with the first customer vehicles set to begin rolling off the production line 2024.
The Wagoneer S will serve the premium end of the market with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain producing up to 600 horsepower and an estimated zero to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. This model, which is targeting a lofty 400-mile range, will also come with standard Select-Terrain traction management, along with other “advanced Jeep brand-focused technology and impressive performance credentials,” the automaker says. Like the Recon, production will begin at an unknown North American plant sometime in 2024.
The Jeep Avenger was teased by Stellantis previously, however the automaker is only confirming details on this subcompact EV crossover now. This model will be positioned even under the budget-minded Jeep Renegade and will be produced in the automaker’s “high-efficiency plant” in Tychy, Poland. This model is targeting a range of 400 km (248 miles) and will be sold in Europe, South Korea and Japan, among other locations.
“This is a forward-thinking strategy to help ensure millions of Jeep fans around the world continue to have a planet to explore, embrace and protect,” Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO, said of the newly announced electric models. “Electrification is great for our brand, making it even more capable, exciting, sustainable and fun.”