Jeep joins the EV party with the 600-horsepower Wagoneer S

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Jeep is advancing its electrification plans with the introduction of the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle for North America. Set to reach dealerships this fall, the Wagoneer S represents a significant step for Jeep as it ventures into the EV market with a model that promises to blend luxury, performance, and off-road capability.

Design and Aerodynamics

The Wagoneer S diverges from the boxy aesthetic of its gasoline counterparts, opting for a streamlined design aimed at maximizing aerodynamic efficiency. This sleek look is reminiscent of the recently discontinued Jeep Cherokee and includes notable features like a large rear wing to enhance aerodynamics and a light-up seven-slot grille that maintains the iconic Jeep identity.

Platform and Dimensions

Built on the STLA Large platform shared with the Dodge Charger Daytona, the Wagoneer S has been tailored to meet Jeep’s specifications. It matches the width and height of a Tesla Model Y but is longer, although this extra length does not translate to more interior space. In fact, the Model Y offers more headroom, legroom, and cargo space, including a larger front trunk (frunk).

Performance

The Wagoneer S Launch Edition will feature a dual-motor powertrain delivering 600 horsepower and 617 pound-feet of torque. This setup allows the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, making it Jeep’s fastest production model to date. Priced at $71,995, it’s also slightly quicker than the Tesla Model Y Performance.

Off-Road Capability

Despite its focus on luxury and performance, the Wagoneer S retains some off-road capability with a version of Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system offering Auto, Sport, Eco, Snow, and Sand modes. However, its 6.4 inches of ground clearance is less than that of some competitors, like the Subaru Crosstrek. While Jeep showcased a more rugged Trailhawk concept with lifted suspension and off-road tires, its production status remains uncertain.

Battery and Charging

The Wagoneer S is equipped with a 100.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which Jeep estimates will provide over 300 miles of range per charge. It uses a 400-volt electrical system and supports fast charging, achieving a 20% to 80% charge in about 23 minutes. A 48-amp Level 2 home charger included with the Launch Edition can complete a 5% to 80% charge in approximately 6.8 hours.

Interior and Technology

The Wagoneer S features a high-end interior with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the front passenger, and a 10-inch head-up display. It runs Stellantis’ Uconnect 5 infotainment system, supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and receives over-the-air updates. A premium 19-speaker McIntosh audio system is standard on Launch Edition models.

Sustainability and Luxury

Inside, Jeep has chosen sustainable materials, with synthetic leather upholstery, ceramic-coated aluminum trim, and recycled materials for the headliner and carpets. The design avoids wood trim, favoring a modern, upscale feel.

While the Wagoneer S represents a significant departure from traditional Jeep models, blending luxury and electric performance, it faces stiff competition from similarly sized and priced electric SUVs like the Tesla Model Y. With more distinctive models like the Recon inspired by the Wrangler on the horizon, Jeep’s electrification journey is just beginning.