First electric Jeep model to launch in 2023

The US brand has released images of its first fully electric model, coming to European markets in early 2023

Jeep EV

The first pure-electric Jeep will arrive in Europe in early 2023, it has been confirmed. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Jeep’s parent group Stellantis, revealed the first pictures of the upcoming model in a March 2022 strategy and earnings presentation.

Given the new, as-yet-unnamed car will be launched in around a year’s time, it could be a sister model to the existing DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e SUVs. While the Stellantis Group is working on a new mechanical platform called ‘STLA Small’ that’ll underpin a variety of future small electric models, offering four-wheel drive and up to 300 miles’ driving range, it won’t be arriving until 2026.

Jeep EV

As a result, it’s likely that Jeep’s first EV will sit on the same ‘e-CMP’ platform as those DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall models. That would mean at least 100kW rapid-charging capability and a 50kWh battery, which should be enough for a range of around 200 miles. What’s not clear is whether the new Jeep will be available with four-wheel-drive – until now an essential feature of all the brand’s models.

We’ll have to wait until the first half of 2023 to find out if the car gets a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive variant or sticks solely with front-wheel drive. In terms of size, it’s expected to sit below the existing Renegade in Jeep’s line-up. The two official pictures released so far show a blanked-out version of the brand’s iconic slotted grille, as well as short front and rear overhangs and wide wheelarches.

This isn’t the only electric model on the way from Jeep: according to Tavares, this model will be “the first of a comprehensive fully electric Jeep line-up that’ll cover every SUV segment by 2025.” In the meantime, the brand is close to offering petrol-electric plug-in hybrid versions of its entire current line-up, comprising the Renegade, Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.

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