New all-electric Jeep SUV expected in 2023
New unnamed model will be Jeep’s first EV; more new models planned by 2025
- New model will be the smallest Jeep you can buy
- May share parts with Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e
- Jeep planning multiple EVs by 2025
Jeep recently showed a render of a fully-electric SUV that has now been spotted testing in full camouflage. A name has not yet been decided, however, speculation over the use of the name ‘Jeepster’ continues. Jeep intends to release its newest model in 2023 as it expands its electrified range of vehicles.
The latest images show a vehicle that appears to be smaller than the existing Jeep Renegade model but with the hallmarks of Jeep styling. The boxy wheel arch design and chunky bodywork identify the new car. The electric powertrain will require less cooling and so a blanked-off seven-bar grille has been shown in render images.
The black plastic cladding that was also revealed in previous render images is now covered up under the camouflage wrap while testing gets underway, although it is likely this design feature will remain. The rear pillar shares a similar look to the latest Jeep Compass as another of the Jeep family styling cues. A black bonnet decal seen on previous render images matches a design of Jeep’s rugged Trailhawk models.
Trailhawk versions traditionally come with four-wheel drive, because these are more focused on off-roading. It’s not known if the new small Jeep will feature four-wheel drive straight away, though.
Jeep’s parent company, Stellantis, is working on a new range of ‘STLA’ electric-car platforms that will be able to accommodate four-wheel drive, but that’s not due to arrive until the middle of the decade. It could mean the new Jeep will use the same front-wheel-drive platform as the Vauxhall Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208 and Citroen e-C4.
A fully electric four-wheel-drive powertrain won’t just be greener than a petrol or diesel engine, but will also make Jeep models more capable off-road. The move from mechanical to ‘e’ all-wheel-drive is slated to be a massive improvement over a conventionally powered Jeep, with lots of torque from the electric motor allowing the car to easily crawl over rocks and obstacles.
Jeep has started to electrify its model range with the launch of the plug-in hybrid versions of the Renegade and Compass SUVs. Both cars feature a 1.3-litre petrol engine, electric motor and battery pack that offers over 30 miles of pure-electric range. Meanwhile, an electric Jeep Wrangler is being planned, as part of an EV offensive that spans every sector Jeep competes in. Jeep is planning a number of new electric models to launch by 2025.
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