► Electric Jeeps on the horizon
► Teased during the Super Bowl
► Should have good traction…
Jeep has teased a fully-electric Wrangler concept car in anticipation of a full reveal scheduled to take place at the Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah from March 27.
The electric off-roader might even become one of the brand’s first full production battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) following the debut of the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid last year.
Electric jeeps: what you need to know
Jeep’s Super Bowl LV commercial – featuring music legend Bruce Springsteen – highlighted the existence of its new ‘The Road Ahead’ website, which details the brand’s future plans including the new Grand Cherokee, its autonomous driving technology, its infotainment technology and the aforementioned plug-in hybrids.
However, quietly tucked away in a corner of the site is a tile announcing the ‘Wrangler BEV’, which will be a 100 per cent electric Jeep concept vehicle and is set to be revealed at the Easter Jeep Safari.
A short, repeating video clip is the only real ‘look’ at the mystery vehicle and shows a silhouetted Wrangler that morphs to show a cutaway with full battery architecture underneath.
Interestingly, there seem to be multiple battery packs but a traditional transfer case and transmission can be seen, meaning we could see a mash-up of new and old technology to make the Jeep’s four-wheel-drive system work.
Some other electric 4x4s, such as the GMC Hummer and Rivian R1S, use a dual-motor set-up, one each on the front and rear axle.
Details are being kept under wraps for now, but we won’t have to wait long until Jeep reveals the concept for real.
While it’s designated as a concept for now, Jeep also presented the Wrangler 4xe concept in early 2020 and followed it up with a production version later that year.
What’s teased here may get the same treatment.