Jeep Wrangler's Electrifying Evolution: Transitioning to Electric and Hybrid Models
November 6, 2023
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Jeep's legendary Wrangler is set to make a significant leap into the future with an electric variant slated for its next generation. This revelation emerged from the United Auto Workers (UAW) union's latest agreement with Stellantis, as reported by Action Network. The forthcoming Wrangler, dubbed the J70, is expected to launch in 2028 and will feature an electric model alongside a novel hybrid system known as the Range Extender Paradigm Breaker (REPB). The presence of a conventional combustion engine model remains uncertain.
The REPB system, also planned for the Ram 1500, is anticipated to combine electric motors with a combustion engine, though specific details are still under wraps. Ahead of the J70's debut, the current Wrangler model will receive an enhanced plug-in hybrid system in 2025, similar to the updates planned for the Gladiator ute. Since 2021, Jeep has offered a plug-in hybrid version of the existing JL Wrangler, which became the top-selling PHEV in the U.S. last year. Jeep has also showcased electric Wrangler concepts, such as the Magneto series, at several Easter Jeep Safaris.
Jeep's electric vehicle lineup will soon expand with the introduction of the Recon in 2024, preceding the Wrangler EV. The Recon, built on the STLA Large platform, will target off-road enthusiasts and share its architecture with the luxury-oriented Wagoneer S. Additional insights from the UAW document reveal upcoming developments for other Jeep models and the Dodge and Ram brands. Notably, the Belvidere, Illinois plant, previously producing the Jeep Cherokee, is set for a $1.5 billion investment to manufacture new midsize trucks starting in 2027.
The current Grand Cherokee will receive a facelift in 2024 and continue production until 2027 and 2028 for its two-row and three-row versions, respectively. A new Grand Cherokee model, identified as the JGU, is expected in 2027, offering both combustion and electric options. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models, derived from the Ram 1500, will introduce REPB variants in 2025 and full electric versions in 2027. Lastly, the Dodge Durango, a large SUV, will be replaced in 2026 by a new generation featuring combustion and electric powertrains.
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