Jeep Wagoneer S electric SUV to rival BMW iX

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Jeep claims the all-electric Wagoneer S will come with 640km of range and target premium electric SUVs from the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Jeep has announced its new electric models, with plans to roll out four all-new, pure-electric models – one of which will be the new Wagoneer S. It’ll be positioned as a premium EV SUV and a flagship model for Jeep’s electric lineup.

In the premium EV SUV market, the Wagoneer S will have plenty of rivals to go up against, including the BMW iX, Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQS SUV and even from within the Stellantis stable with the upcoming Maserati Folgore Grecale.

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On the outside, it looks like the Wagoneer S will share little with the current Jeep Wagoneer. At the front, there’s – of course – the seven-slat grille (which can be lit-up) accompanied by a full-width light-bar and ‘Wagoneer’ badging above it.

The squared-off wheel arches are also a typical Jeep design trait, but towards the rear, the huge spoiler is designed to channel air down for extra aerodynamic efficiency. There’s also another full-width light-bar back there, too.

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We don’t know what the cabin will be like in the Wagoneer S, but it could take some inspiration from the newly-launched Wagoneer. With potential for eight seats, that could mean it utilising up to seven screens inside with a three-screen set-up up front.

Underpinning the Wagoneer S will be the new STLA Large architecture from Stellantis. The bespoke EV platform can allow for battery sizes over 100kWh. Jeep claims the Wagoneer S will offer around 640km of range and, with the aid of all-wheel drive and 442kW of power, a 0-100km/h time of around 3.5 seconds. No details on charging capacity have been revealed yet.

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Jeep has said the public reveal will take place in 2023 and the Wagoneer S will start production in North America in 2024 with European sales commencing the same year, while Australia is yet to announce any confirmation of a local launch.

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