Jeep simply introduced three thrilling new fashions throughout their 4xe day media launch on September eighth. Whereas one in every of these new automobiles, the Jeep Avenger, will likely be out there in Europe solely. Stellantis says that the opposite two, the Jeep Wagoneer S and the Jeep Recon, would be the world’s first “absolutely electrical, International SUVs” when launched in 2024.
The brand new electrical Wagoneer S seems to be a pure, luxurious evolution of the present Wagoneer lineup. The Recon, nevertheless, catches the attention as solely a shiny new toy from Jeep can do. Chief design officer at Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, says it finest on this Jeep YouTube clip by saying that the brand new Recon is “designed to place a smile in your face”.
It seems that they’ve gotten that half proper within the design language on the very least. With little recognized on the opposite specs, we’re anxious to see if the Recon will nonetheless “put a smile in your face” from the driving force’s seat.
The Recon Has Actual Jeep Efficiency
The staff at Stellantis isn’t being coy about the reputation of Jeep as a brand with any of those new 4xe fashions. Particularly not the Recon. They’re already positioning this one as an off-road journey automobile. With the remark, “This all-new automobile is geared toward those that like to discover excessive adventures in close to silence with a rugged, absolutely electrical automobile package deal.” proper out of the gate, it’s totally apparent what the intent is, even when we do not have all the main points but.
What we do know is the fundamentals; the Recon is meant to be an all-new design, all Jeep, and designed from the bottom up as a 4WD automobile. The all-electric powertrain implies that they get so as to add this into their push for changing into the main electrified SUV model on the planet. They’re trying to have 100% of their European lineup (in addition to 50% of the US lineup) absolutely electrical by 2030. We additionally know that the Recon may have some type of selectable 4WD, named “Jeep Selec-Terrain”, in addition to “e-locker axle know-how”. That final one is especially fascinating.
Maybe the engineers are additionally hoping to remain on the prime of the heap with regards to off-road prowess on this new EV world. Newcomers such because the Rivian R1T have gotten rave critiques with regards to off-road capabilities. Jeep actually needs to be seen because the premier off-road alternative with regards to electrical automobiles sooner or later.
The Recon Is All Jeep All-Round
There are many typical Jeep options that bounce out on the brand new Recon. Jeep is the type of model that has a really robust identification, one which they hardly ever disguise of their design of a brand new mannequin. Proper off the bat, you will discover that they’ve given the Recon not solely a one-touch energy prime but additionally detachable doorways AND home windows. Styling-wise, I am an enormous fan of the detachable rear quarter home windows.
All indicators level to that being a function on the manufacturing mannequin, let’s hope it sticks round. Exterior the detachable doorways and home windows, there is a newly redesigned model of the Jeep Uconnect system to stay up for. The brand new system guarantees customers detailed “journey guides” for distinguished off-road trails. Anybody taking bets on the Rubicon trail is on the prime of that checklist of journey guides?
I am positive it’ll have its place. The truth is, Jeep does just a little Rubicon shout-out within the press launch, stating that the Recon will, the truth is, be capable of run your entire route with sufficient vary left to get again to city and recharge. Thrilling information for Jeepers that want to take a look at out the potential of their new Recon.
Is The Recon The Extremely Anticipated Successor To The Wrangler
There is no doubt that the Wrangler is probably the most iconic automobile within the Jeep lineup. Not solely that, the model’s first try at an electrified Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, has been a runaway success by all accounts. It is at present the best-selling plug-in hybrid automobile within the US. A undeniable fact that would appear like a pure fantasy solely 15 years in the past when the last generation JK models have been launched.
Occasions have actually modified since then. The present JL Wranglers have extra choices than ever and appear to be much more in style as time goes on. However, simply how lengthy will the general public settle for such a primitively designed automobile? As a lot because it pains the fans to consider it, there may be seemingly a day within the not-too-distant future the place dwell axle, body-on-frame SUVs just like the Jeep Wrangler will stop to exist collectively. Perhaps the Recon is a glimmer of hope in that dystopian future.
Supply: Stellantis North America, Jeep