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ELECTRIFICATION “THE NEXT MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB” FOR JEEP

Where Heute And Compliance Converge

Jeep Wrangler Gladiator 4xe Hood stripe
Image Via Stellantis.

The Jeep brand has quite a few trophies on the shelf, and often represents the epitome of SUV performance in any case. Look no further than the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the go-anywhere Wrangler Rubicon, or the highly opulent, $100,000+ Grand Wagoneer flagship SUV. Since its mid-century evolution beyond WWII, the all-American icon has climbed some mountains. So, what mountains is the Jeep brand aiming to climb next?

“The mountain of electrification,” Jeep CEO Christian Meunier told MC&T. “For me that’s the ultimate thing to make our product even more exciting and capable. But I think electrification is going to be such a good tool for Jeep and Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to make it even more attractive, sexy, capable, and even more premium to be honest. The only thing we have to manage is how much we charge… this an awesome technology for Jeep.”

Downmarket, electrification has historically been a struggle for brands to meet customers at a point which they’re willing to agree on the price. Although, none of these vehicles have had a signature seven-slot grille, if you pick up what we’re putting down.

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 4xe EV SUV electric
Photo via Stellantis

Fortifying this ambition for the brand is a recent CNBC report that also quotes the Jeep CEO.

“Our vision is to be the greenest SUV brand in the world,” Meunier told the business news outlet. “We have a very strong plan to deliver that through a lot of exciting product in the pipeline.”

So far, Jeep has limited options available for those looking for something powered by something conventionally measured in volts, versus horsepower. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe has recently launched, while the Wagoneer will follow it with its electrified powertrain, as will the all new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

A more cutting edge unveiling was the recent Jeep Magneto concept, which is an all-electric Wrangler featuring a six speed manual transmission, and a deceiving hood scoop. Globally, the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe help the iconic SUV brand meet ever-escalating emissions extortions. But it’s also what some people want. Complexities, costs, supply chain, pricing and infrastructure be damned.

“Plus, the fact we need it for compliance anyway,” said Meunier.

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid will now be supported by the Jeep 4xe Charging Network with stations near legendary trailheads.
Image Via Jeep.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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