The Jeep Wrangler 4xe has been out for a while now, highlighting Jeep’s hybrid gas-electric powertrain capability. Then, there’s the Jeep Magneto, a Jeep Wrangler concept vehicle with an all-electric driveline conversion.
So the off-road world was wondering when an all-electric Jeep 4×4 would arrive. And it seems like the Jeep Recon will be it.
Introduced among a handful of other electric vehicle announcements as part of “Jeep 4xe Day,” the Recon certainly looks the part of a bona fide off-roader. It’s got the requisite slotted grille, rear-mount spare, an off-road wheel/tire package, and tow hooks. Even better, the doors come off and there’s a massive opening sunroof to deliver the authentic open-top Jeep experience.
Yet, as alluded to above, this sucker’s electrical, and will be offered exclusively with battery power. Jeep says no gas or hybrid Recon variants are planned.
Jeep also explains that the Recon will wear a Trail Rated badge, thanks to a four-wheel drive powertrain, the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, and E-lockers fore and aft. But the company was conspicuously mum on the Recon’s range and power specs.
We don’t anticipate the Recon to replace the Jeep Wrangler, but it certainly points to the direction that Jeep’s going with its 4xe off-road electrification plans. And Jeep also makes sure to mention that the Wrangler 4xe is America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, so the 4xe strategy appears to be working so far.
Though Jeep didn’t mention exactly when the Recon will hit dealer showrooms, the release did explain that we’ll see pre-production units in 2023 with mass production officially beginning in 2024. And Jeep also reiterated that every vehicle in its lineup will have an electric variant (hybrid or all-electric) by 2025.
You can register online to reserve a Jeep Recon 4xe electric 4×4 starting sometime next year.