The electric counterpart to the Jeep Wrangler – next year’s Jeep Recon off-roader – may bring serious punch and a revival of the Moab name, according to a new report.
The 2024 Jeep Recon electric off-roader is set to offer a high-powered drivetrain with as much as 600hp (447kW), according to a report by US Jeep, Dodge an Ram specialist website MoparInsiders.
‘Recon’ is the name of the US car maker’s new large off-road SUV due to roll out of its Toluca, Mexico factory in the second half of 2024 as the first electric Jeep on sale in North America.
It has been confirmed as one of three new electric Jeeps, alongside the luxury Wagoneer S and the city-sized Avenger, going on sale in Australia in the coming years.
The Recon will sit between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in terms of size and, according to MoparInsiders, will be offered in three trim levels.
This will reportedly include an entry-level Sport through to the highest trim level, the Moab – a name not used since 2018.
The enthusiast website also reports power in the Sport will be about 400 horsepower (298kW), with the Moab offering as much as 600 horsepower (447kW).
Jeep has previously announced the Wagoneer S electric SUV will produce approximately 600 horsepower (447kW), with performance targets including a 0-60mph (97km/h) acceleration time of about 3.5 seconds and a 643km estimated driving range on a single charge.
While a far cry from the world’s most potent electric SUVs – such as the Faraday Future FF91 (1050hp/783kW) and the Tesla Model X Plaid (1020hp/761kW) – the Recon Moab and Wagoneer S output is similar to the electric BMW iX M60 SUV, which makes 611hp (456kW).
That also compares favourably with the most potent Jeep offered in Australia, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sold between 2017 and 2021, with a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 522kW.
The Recon is reportedly poised to use ‘unibody’ or ‘monocoque’ construction akin to the Grand Cherokee, instead of the truck-like ladder-chassis construction – or ‘body on frame’ – used by the Wrangler and most off-road capable SUVs and utes from Jeep and other car makers.
The unibody construction is typically used on passenger vehicles, bringing advantages in handling and enabling a lower centre of gravity, which can help with the location of the battery pack in an electric vehicle.
Despite this, MoparInsiders says the Recon will still be ‘Trail Rated’, the label Jeep applies to vehicles which it says have genuine off-road prowess.
That is planned to see the Recon fitted with off-road tyres, underbody protection and an ‘e-locker’ differential, which is used to help both wheels rotate in low-traction, off-road situations.
Jeep says the Recon can successfully navigate its benchmark Rubicon off-road course.
When announcing the trio of electric vehicles in 2022, Jeep said it intended to have an electric SUV in every market segment it competes in by 2025.
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