During the presentation of the new strategic plan of the Stellantis group, Carlos Tavares, executive director of the company, has revealed by surprise a series of images of the first Jeep electric SUV, which will be launched on the European market during the first half of 2023.
The two snapshots shared by the executive correspond to an SUV that, at least in appearance, is slightly smaller than the current Renegade (4.24 meters long). Its aesthetic combines elements of the said model (X pilots) and the Compass (black roof, C-pillar in the shape of a shark fin), although it is somewhat lower and more muscular than its older brothers.
Our protagonist, known by the specialized press as “baby Jeep”, will be manufactured at the Polish plant in Tychy. Initially, it will be in charge of launching the second generation eCMP platform, which will also be used in the Alfa Romeo Brennero and the updated versions of the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, Opel Mokka-e, and Peugeot e-2008. among others.
In the absence of official confirmation, it is expected to be equipped with a 156 hp (115 kW) engine of Nidec origin, which should significantly improve in terms of efficiency the 136 hp (100 kW) Continental unit currently used in models based on the first generation eCMP platform. At the moment it is not clear if there will be versions with 4×4 drive, something that would be possible by adapting the Renegade 4xe’s electrified rear axle.
The “baby Jeep” will be a very important model for the brand in Europe
Its batteries should be around 50 kWh of useful capacity (54 kWh gross), which will allow it to approach 400 km WLTP of autonomy in some versions. The pack, made up of state-of-the-art NCM 811 cells, will have a liquid air conditioning system associated with an efficient heat pump.
In terms of charging, it probably won’t differ too much from what has been seen so far in PSA electric cars; that is, 7.4 kW in alternating current and 100 kW in direct current, with the possibility of incorporating an optional three-phase charger with a power of 11 kW.
Since it will be a premium vehicle, its rivals will include models such as the smart #1 or Volvo’s future access SUV, which will measure 4.30 meters long and offer a range of approximately 430 km WLTP. Within the Stellantis group itself, it will have to stand up to the aforementioned Alfa Romeo Brennero and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE.