The iconic Jeep Wrangler is set to take a significant leap into the future of automotive technology. Following a sequence of electric concept demonstrations, it has been announced that the forthcoming generation of Wranglers will be available solely as electric vehicles (EVs).
Details emerging from a recent United Auto Workers (UAW) document, which highlights the union’s latest negotiations with Stellantis, Jeep’s parent company, indicate that the upcoming Wrangler series, designated as the J70, will be manufactured exclusively with electric drivetrains.
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The transformation to electric for the Wrangler is slated to commence production in 2028 at the model’s existing assembly facility located in Toledo, Ohio. This strategic move is backed by an investment of $1.5 billion in the manufacturing site. The plan includes two distinct electric powertrain options: a traditional battery-electric setup, and an alternative extended-range electric variant. The latter combines a smaller battery pack with a gasoline engine that recharges it during operation.
This dual powertrain strategy mirrors the approach of Ram, another Stellantis subsidiary, which is preparing to launch its 1500 REV electric truck featuring an optional extended-range system. This move indicates a broader strategy within Stellantis to adopt electric powertrains across its various brands.
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The UAW documentation also discloses that the production of the current Wrangler and its Gladiator counterpart will proceed until the year 2028. An update is anticipated for the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid in 2025, and it will be accompanied by the introduction of a new Gladiator 4xe plug-in hybrid model.
The absence of details regarding the future of the Gladiator post-2028 leads to speculation that Stellantis may discontinue the model after the present generation ends. This move could potentially create room for the introduction of a midsize pickup truck by Ram, as confirmed by the UAW for production beginning in 2027 at Stellantis’ currently unused facility in Belvidere, Illinois. While not explicitly stated, there are indications that this Ram midsize pickup could also feature electric propulsion.
Jeep has introduced three Wrangler electric concepts in recent times, named the Magneto series. Each concept was crafted upon the current Wrangler’s body-on-frame architecture. It is projected that any EV variant of the Wrangler will utilize one of Stellantis’ specially designed EV platforms, which includes a body-on-frame option.
Prior to the electric Wrangler’s debut, Jeep plans to release the Recon SUV—an electric off-roader that was unveiled a year prior. The Recon is confirmed to leverage the STLA Large EV platform exclusive to Stellantis. It will be outfitted with features such as the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, e-locker axle, protective underbody components, tow hooks, and robust off-road tires. Furthermore, it will retain classic Jeep design elements like removable doors and a convertible power top to deliver a partial open-air driving experience.