Magneto: The Electric Jeep Wrangler Could Get A Supervillain Name

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We'll have to see if Disney is ok with that one.

Earlier this week, Jeep announced plans to reveal an all-electric Wrangler Concept at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. This news comes shortly after the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid entered production, and Jeep announced that the 2021 Grand Cherokee would also spawn a 4xe version. No other details were provided about this upcoming Wrangler EV, but after doing some digging on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, CarBuzz may have discovered the vehicle's name.

We thought Jeep might go with an obvious alpha-numeric name like 4ev. This would go along with other straightforward monikers like Wrangler Rubicon 392. But since this is a concept, Jeep may decide to go for a much more unique name that is straight out of a comic book.

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On February 5, 2021, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now Stellantis) filed a trademark for "Magneto." Yes, like the X-Men villain who controls metal with his mind. Disney owns the rights to the X-Men character after its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, but perhaps the name is fair play in an automotive application.

The trademark registration is "intended to cover the categories of motor vehicles, namely, concept motor vehicles," so we are betting it will appear on the electric Wrangler. Although the Jeep brand isn't mentioned anywhere specifically on the filing, it seems oddly suspicious that the trademark application came days before the electric Wrangler announcement.

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In the X-Men comics, Magneto has the ability to generate and control magnetic fields, allowing him to move metal objects with his mind. Though he's not the first thing we'd think of when naming an electric car, it fits with FCA's unconventional naming scheme that contains gems like Hellcat and Trackhawk. There's also a possibility that the Magneto name could appear on another future FCA concept car or go unused.

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