Jeep Recon to join electric 4×4 range

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American SUV brand’s range will grow its model range with the new Recon.

Jeep will take on the Land Rover Defender with the near-440kW Jeep Recon electric off-roader as part of a big push to reinvigorate itself.

Launching in 2025 with a range of around 600km, the Recon will arrive as an unofficial electric sibling to the famed Jeep Wrangler.

Sharing underpinning with the also 2025-bound Jeep Wagoneer S, the pair – along with the already released compact Jeep Avenger – will swell the brand’s range.

This includes a fourth EV that CEO Christian Meunier has described as a look into the future of the brand. Covered teaser pictures indicate this will sit at the lower end of the lineup.

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The Stellantis-owned American brand will go electric car-only in Europe in 2030.

One of the most anticipated of those new models, the Defender-challenging Recon, will, like the range-topping Wagoneer S, be based on Stellantis’s new STLA Large architecture – making them some of the first models to be so.

Although further technical details have yet to be released, a 0-100km/h time of a little over 3.5sec for both models has been confirmed.

Built in the US and released there first, the Recon will be offered and positioned as a raw take on off-road Jeeps of old, with options including removable doors and an open-top design, as on the Wrangler.

The Recon will sit alongside the Wrangler, but the two cars will have slightly different sizes and positions in the range.

“It’s a unique car, very boxy and very capable. It will sit in a lower part of the [market] segment to the Wrangler.” said Jeep’s European boss, Antonella Bruno,

The Wrangler is offered outside of Australia as a plug-in hybrid, but Bruno said it wasn’t possible to engineer the current Wrangler 4xe in right-hand drive in this generation.

“At a global level, we want to be the 4×4 leader in electrification,” said Bruno.

Additional reporting by Mark Tisshaw

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