This invite-only event in Las Vegas provided a clear preview of what's coming soon.
Stellantis held a major event last week at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for its US dealerships, where it displayed a number of familiar concepts along with the production-ready Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S, two all-electric SUVs that will go on sale in 2024. Both BEVs were revealed last September but this is the first time we've seen both in the flesh, courtesy of the Jeep Recon Forum.
Stellantis also brought along the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT, Ram 1500 Revolution, and Chrysler Airflow concepts. Only the Ram has been revealed in production form, and it looks much more like the current generation combustion-engined Ram 1500.
The Dodge and Chrysler concepts are expected to make production, but details regarding them remain secretive. But the Jeeps were the real stars of the event. The Recon Moab 4xe (pictured here) rides on the STLA Large platform and boasts an electric 4x4 system with a still-to-be-disclosed power output. Jeep claims the Recon was developed as an all-electric sibling to its iconic Wrangler.
For now, it's fair to consider the Recon, which will be built in the US, as the all-electric Wrangler alternative. It can't be mistaken for anything other than a Jeep with its boxy styling, seven-slot grille (even though there's no combustion engine requiring air), and square arches. Jeep also wants everyone to rest assured that the Recon will be a true off-roader thanks to its Selec-Terrain traction management, under-body protection, e-locker axle technology, tow hooks, and beefy off-road tires. We'll hopefully see it in action next month at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.
And then there's the luxurious Wagoneer S, a direct rival to the Cadillac Lyriq. It too rides on the STLA architecture and boasts a whopping 600 horsepower, a "targeted" range of 400 miles on a single charge, and a 0-60 mph time of only 3.5 seconds. The Lyriq, to compare, has a claimed 500 hp, a 307-mile all-electric range, and a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds. But don't just assume the Wagoneer S is a fully electrified version of the gas-powered Wagoneer.
Compare the two side-by-side and they look quite different. The Wagoneer S (the official name has yet to be confirmed) features a fresh interpretation of that seven-slot grille with fancy LED illumination, a coupe-like roofline, and a new wing design that dips beneath the D-pillars. While we expect the Wagoneer S to be a capable off-roader, it does not have the coveted "Rubicon Trail Rated" glory, at least not in its current form.
Inside, the Wagoneer S will have similar overall dimensions to that of the current Grand Cherokee, meaning it'll have two rows of seats. Jeep will supposedly begin accepting Wagoneer S reservations in the very near future but no date has been announced. That could change very soon.
Expect more details next week from the 2023 New York Auto Show, where, hopefully, both EV Jeeps will be displayed for the public to see for themselves.
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