Wait…It’s NOT the Wrangler?
In fact, the first Jeep EV has no legacy within the fabled Jeep family. It is an all-new vehicle — a new addition to the lineup, so new in fact, that it does not yet have a name. The SUV is small, somewhat rounded, slightly impish. A new wave of design from Jeep aimed directly at the youthful, urban customer. Globally, it could be a home run.
Details are sketchy right now — evidence the lack of a name. And no release date has been officially released. Here’s are the basics.
The Jeep EV has been developed on the STLA Small platform, one of four dedicated electrified architectures that will underpin all nameplates for the 14 brands under the Stellantis umbrella. Stellantis is the automaker created more than a year ago with the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, lumping Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati together with the French auto conglomerate’s offerings.
Stellantis is moving towards a future where 100 percent of all vehicles sold in Europe and 50 percent of the lineup in North America will be electric vehicles by 2030.
Jeep has embraced electrification faster than most Stellantis brands, at least according to Tavares, who said as much to reporters gathered in Amsterdam to learn more of the Dare Forward 2030 long-term strategic plan that has more than 100 new vehicle launches planned—75 of them electric—including an electric Ram 1500 full-size electric pickup truck in 2024.
Jeep’s 4xe plug-in hybrid technology is gaining recognition and sales, making it the second of the 14 Stellantis brands in terms of electrification, Tavares said.
The strategic vision is to invest in all the American brands and the U.S. will have 25 EVs on sale by 2030.