Jeep is, without a doubt, the jewel in the crown of the Stellantis group, both for its high sales and its profitability. The American firm plans to move to having an exclusively electric range in the European market by 2030, a transformation that will be possible thanks to the technological support of its parent company.
Although at the moment Jeep markets a single model of this type, the small Avenger, it is confirmed that in the short term, other proposals such as the Recon, the Wagoneer S, the Compass, and the Renegade will join. After them, it should be the turn of the Grand Cherokee, with the icing on the cake being the legendary Wrangler.
Some until now unknown details of Jeep’s electrification strategy have just been revealed thanks to the leak of the agreement reached by Stellantis with the American union UAW (United Auto Workers), which details the company’s investment plans in its North American plants for the coming years.
The next generation of the Wrangler (known internally by the code J70) will begin production in Toledo, Ohio, during the year 2028. It will be an electric vehicle, which is why the current model (code JL) will remain on sale in parallel in thermal and plug-in hybrid versions.
The electric Jeep Wrangler will have a thermal range extender as an option
It should be noted that the new Wrangler will not only be offered as a pure electric vehicle but there will also be an extended range variant (EREV or Extended Range Electric Vehicle ) equipped with an internal combustion engine as a generator. This version will receive the surname REPB, an acronym that stands for Range Electric Paradigm Breaker.
The REPB technology will be released soon by RAM, which leads us to think that the Wrangler will use the STLA Frame platform with a stringer and crossmember chassis. Therefore, it will continue to be a pure all-terrain vehicle, not an SUV with certain off-road capabilities, something that the most loyal followers of the brand will especially appreciate.
The main rivals of the electric Jeep Wrangler will be the imminent Mercedes-Benz EQG, the future electric Ford Bronco, Land Rover Defender, and Toyota Land Cruiser… and stop counting. The off-road category has been reduced to its minimum expression in recent years precisely due to the overwhelming success of SUVs.