Jeep's First Electric SUV Coming in 2023, But it Won't Be a Wrangler
【Summary】Stellantis also teased the upcoming all-electric Ram 1500, highlighting the lights on the upcoming pickup.
Stellantis has been one of the slower American automakers to get behind electric vehicles. Now, the automaker is ramping things up and has quite a few EVs in the pipeline. Jeep, Stellantis' iconic SUV brand, will play a large role in the future, as it aims to have zero-emission versions of all of the vehicles it currently sells by 2025. According to a recent announcement by Stellantis, Jeep is also working on an all-electric SUV that will come out in 2023.
First Jeep EV Coming Next Year
The unnamed SUV will become Jeep's first all-electric vehicle and, according to AutoExpress, will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2023. Neither Stellantis nor Jeep provided information on whether the electric SUV will go on sale in the U.S. With Jeep being an American automaker and being a very popular brand in the U.S., we would be surprised if the EV wasn't available here.
At the same time as the announcement, Stellantis put out two photos of the upcoming EV. They're computer renderings and not real photos of the vehicle, but they're our best look at what's to come. One photo is of the front of the vehicle, while the other is of the back. The front end of the SUV is a dead ringer for the Grand Cherokee, with a seven-slot grille, wide fenders, and a refined front end. The rear end of the SUV looks more along the lines of a Compass. It certainly looks like Jeep took elements from current SUVs and grafted them onto the upcoming EV.
Unlike some automakers, Jeep has decided to stick with what it knows for its upcoming EV. That might be the point, but we wonder how well the SUV will against competitors that have fresher designs. While the design may dissuade some, we think some people will buy the SUV because it's a Jeep. Brand recognition is a major factor for the automaker, as it has become synonymous with rugged off-roaders.
New Ram EV Coming In 2024
After the first electric SUV comes out, Jeep will follow it up with an all-electric version of the Wrangler in 2024. It's interesting to see that Jeep didn't start off with the electric Wrangler, as other automakers have electrified their most iconic vehicles in an attempt to draw in consumers, like Ford with the Mustang Mach-E.
At the same time as Jeep's announcement, Ram, also under the Stellantis family, teased the first few images of its upcoming all-electric Ram 1500. The renderings don't reveal much, except for the truck's lighting. The headlights will have two LED daytime running lights with a split fork design, while the rear end will have r-shaped lighting with "RAM" lit up in the middle. The pickup is expected to arrive in 2024 and is rumored to arrive with a range extender.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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