Update: ‘New name’ section updated.
Jeep plans to launch four pure electric vehicles by 2025, and one of the 100% EVs is a luxury model. Codenamed Jeep Wagoneer S, the luxury model will likely compete with the Range Rover Sport Electric that’s due in 2024.
What is it?
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric is not a full-size model and isn’t related to the body-on-frame Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. We are looking at a mid-size SUV slightly smaller than the Grand Cherokee (193.5 x 77.5 x 70.8/70.9 in.). Underpinned by the STLA Large platform, though, it may offer better interior space (Grand Cherokee: 144.6 cu. ft.).
Design & Features
As a Jeep, the Wagoneer S is boxier than most European and Japanese luxury SUVs on the market and has the look of an authentic SUV. The front of the vehicle has a forward-leaning appearance. It has slim and aggressive headlamps, a faux seven-slot grille that has been illuminated, a sloping hood with a power bulge, a functional lower air intake, and vertical side air inlets.
A clean bodyline accentuates the windswept profile. As the roof slopes down, it forms a sporty yet classy “hovering wing,” which is supported by two soaring D-pillars. In the typical manner for Jeeps, the doors are plain, but they have flush-fitting handles that help reduce drag on the road. From a distance, on-lookers would be able to identify the model as a Jeep by its trapezoidal wheel arches. In addition to the special roof spoiler and the notably raked back glass, a full-width tail lamp communicates sophistication at the rear.
In a report on March 23, 2023, AutoWeek revealed that Stellantis had applied for a patent to protect the Jeep Wagoneer S’s design. The pictures seem to show the concept version, not the production car that has yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, they give us a clearer picture of the concept. For example, we can finally see the design of the A-shaped lower grille, which has horizontal inserts and a radar for the vehicle’s advanced driver assistance systems in the central area at the bottom.
STLA Large is developed by Stellantis for electric vehicles that primarily target the U.S. market. Electric-first platforms aren’t as space-efficient as dedicated EV platforms, but they’re better than modified ICE platforms. The STLA Large platform would be more advanced than what a heavily modified version of the Grand Cherokee’s Giorgio platform could have been.
Jeep may offer the Wagoneer S with a battery pack having a gross energy capacity of between 101 and 118 kWh. The company is targeting an EPA-est. range of 400 miles for this model. Expect one motor powering each axle, enabling an all-wheel drive drivetrain layout.
The rear motor could be comparatively more powerful, and it could be possible to turn off the front motor to reduce energy consumption in an ‘Eco’ drive mode. We expect two or more power output levels, and Jeep has confirmed that 600 horsepower will be the ceiling. The company aims for a 0-60 mph acceleration time of around 3.5 seconds for the high-spec Wagoneer S.
Price & Release Date
The production-spec Jeep Wagoneer S Electric will make its public debut this year. The company has confirmed that U.S. customers would be able to make a reservation for this all-electric SUV in early 2023. More specific dates are awaited. Prices could start at around USD 75,000. Production will take place at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in North America starting in 2024, and customer deliveries should also begin next year.
At the Stellantis Dealer Business Meeting 2023, the company presented a glimpse of the Wagoner S, MoparInsiders.com reported on March 26, 2023. It didn’t disclose the final name of the future Jeep electric SUV, though.
Australia (RHD version)
Jeep has confirmed the Wagoneer S for the Australian market, as per a September 19, 2022, report by WhichCar. While the American brand is yet to reveal a specific release date for the all-electric SUV in the land Down Under, we surmise that Jeep is likely to launch it in select right-hand-drive markets a year after its U.S. arrival.
The ‘Wagoneer S’ branding is a stop-gap measure, as the American automaker will be proceeding with a new name for the production SUV. The ‘S’ in the name stands for speed, as per a report MotorTrend released on May 10, 2023. In the same report, MT claims Jeep CEO Christian Meunier told the publication in an interview that the company has come up with the final name. He said that Jeep will reveal the final branding, but it seems the schedule has changed.
The general public was involved in the naming of the production version of the Jeep Wagoneer S. Earlier this year, Jeep had announced a contest in which it invited the general public to participate, with a temporary website dedicated to the same. It received 80,000 submissions from around the world, Meunier said. It ended up selecting a name that it already had, and many of the contestants had also recommended that name.
The winner of the contest was going to be awarded a six-night vacation to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, U.S. Moreover, the winner will be able to pick three more people to tag along for the skiing/snowboarding holiday – all of which will cost Jeep USD 40,000.
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric will be a pure-electric mid-size SUV offering luxury and off-road capabilities comparable to the upcoming Range Rover Sport EV, but at a significantly lower price. We expect that it would have a better interior and performance than traditional Jeeps, and more than decent off-road capability.
Jeep Wagoneer S Electric FAQs
What is the Jeep Wagoneer S release date?
The Jeep Wagoneer S Electric will start reaching dealers in 2024. Reservations are to open this year.
What will be the Jeep Wagoneer S Electric price?
The base Jeep Wagoneer S will likely cost around USD 75,000.
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