Jeep is progressing towards electrification with its iconic Wrangler, transitioning from experimental electric prototypes to official production models.
A UAW (United Automobile Workers) document, delineating the terms of the union’s most recent agreement with Stellantis, the parent organization of Jeep, reveals significant plans for the Wrangler’s evolution. The forthcoming Wrangler model, designated as the J70 series, is slated to be manufactured solely with electrified powertrains, encompassing a fully electric vehicle (EV) and a series plug-in hybrid version.
Jeep Wrangler Progression
The Toledo, Ohio factory, the birthplace of the current Wrangler, is poised to commence production of the new series in 2028, with an investment earmarked at $1.5 billion for the facility. Jeep intends to offer two distinct powertrain configurations: a conventional EV setup and an alternative extended-range electric option. This latter system combines a smaller battery with a gasoline engine to perpetually recharge it during operation.
This strategic move mirrors that of Ram, another Stellantis subsidiary, which will introduce an extended-range powertrain option in its forthcoming 1500 REV electric pickup. It is anticipated that this dual powertrain approach will be adopted across various Stellantis marques.
Jeep Gladiator and the 2024 Forecast
As per the same UAW document, the production of the current Wrangler and its Gladiator variant will proceed unabated until 2028. The Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is due for an upgrade in 2025, which will be coincident with the launch of a new Gladiator 4xe plug-in hybrid.
The future of the Gladiator post-2028 remains unspecified, possibly hinting at its discontinuation to make room for a new Ram midsize pickup. This upcoming vehicle is scheduled to commence production in 2027 at Stellantis’ currently dormant Belvidere, Illinois facility. Speculations suggest that this Ram midsize pickup will join the electric vehicle market.
Electric Concepts and Future Platforms
Jeep has showcased its electrification capability with three Wrangler Magneto concept vehicles, each based on the existing Wrangler platform. The electric Wrangler is expected to utilize one of Stellantis’ four EV-specific platforms, potentially opting for a body-on-frame architecture.
Prior to the debut of an all-electric Wrangler, Jeep is set to introduce the Recon SUV, an electric off-road vehicle. Revealed previously, the Recon is slated to be built on Stellantis’ STLA Large EV platform. It will feature Jeep’s proprietary Selec-Terrain traction management system, an e-locker axle, protective under-body elements, tow hooks, and robust off-road tires, along with removable doors and a retractable power top to provide an open-air driving experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jeep Wrangler EV
What is the future of the Jeep Wrangler in terms of electrification?
The Jeep Wrangler is set to undergo a transformation with the introduction of the J70 series in 2028, which will be available exclusively as an electric vehicle (EV) and a series plug-in hybrid. Production will take place in Toledo, Ohio, with a significant investment of $1.5 billion in the manufacturing facility.
When will production for the electric Jeep Wrangler start, and where?
Production for the electrified Jeep Wrangler is scheduled to start in 2028 at the Toledo, Ohio, plant, which is the same location where the current Wrangler is produced.
Will there be different powertrain options for the electric Jeep Wrangler?
Yes, two powertrain setups are planned for the Jeep Wrangler: a standard battery-electric powertrain and an extended-range electric powertrain, which features a smaller battery that is continually recharged by a gasoline engine.
What is the status of the Jeep Gladiator beyond 2028?
There was no mention of the Jeep Gladiator model beyond 2028 in the UAW document, leading to speculation that it may be discontinued to allow for the introduction of a Ram midsize electric pickup truck.
Is Jeep planning to introduce any other electric vehicles soon?
Before the electric Wrangler, Jeep will launch the Recon SUV, an electric off-roader built on Stellantis’ STLA Large EV platform. It will come equipped with various off-roading features and is expected to offer a semi-open-air experience with removable doors and a power top.
More about Jeep Wrangler EV
- Jeep Wrangler’s Electric Future
- Stellantis and UAW Agreement
- Jeep Wrangler J70 Series
- Jeep Electric Vehicle Strategy
- Jeep Gladiator Updates
- Ram Midsize Electric Pickup
- Jeep Recon SUV