With the growing global emissions restrictions, the automotive industry is on a shift towards electrification. The Jeep® brand is on a mission to become a leader in electrification with its new 4xe lineup of vehicles. The iconic off-road brand has already launched plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of its Renegade and Compass in Europe, Grand Commander in China, and now its Wrangler which will go on sale across the globe by the end of 2021. But now, Jeep is ready to show us its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) of the Wrangler, ever.
Ready to make its official debut at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, the Jeep brand will be pulling the covers off of its new Jeep Wrangler BEV Concept. While not much is known about the concept, Jeep did share a few details about its new vehicle on its new “The Road Ahead” site on Jeep.com.
While the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe lineup is based on the four-door Wrangler, it appears we will the Wrangler BEV Concept as a two-door model. It will be equipped as a Rubicon model, judging by the teaser photo and quick 7-second video shown on the Jeep.com website.
In the brief video (shown below), we can see that Jeep has removed the 4xe’s turbocharged 2.0-liter GME-T4 (Global Medium Engine – Turbo Four-Cylinder) engine in favor of more batteries in this all-electric concept. We also see that it will utilize many of the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe’s parts, including its charging port door in front of the A-pillar.
We can also see there will be a massive WARN winch located in the steel front bumper and that the concept will be wearing the 4xe’s Electric Blue signature coloring on the front and rear Rubicon tow hooks.
Jeep also announced that it is expecting to have solar-powered charging stations located at its Badge of Honor® trails across the United States. According to Jeep, construction is underway including stations at Moab in Utah and the Rubicon Trail in California. We expect the Jeep team to be unveiling the first of its new stations at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari in early April.
According to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers who are the organizers of the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, the event is scheduled to return in 2021 after talks with the local government. The group’s website stated on February 4th…
“Earlier this afternoon Grand County administrator, Chris Baird, and Mike Kelso, President [of the] Red Rock 4 Wheelers had a conversation, wherein the county administrator assured the President of RR4W that the county ordinance that was hindering the Easter Jeep Safari event would be amended by the 16th of this month. Which would allow the event to [proceed]!”
Looks like we will be seeing Jeep’s latest creation tackle the red rocks at Moab after all.