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Jeep reveals new Wagoneer S high-performance electric SUV. Image by Jeep.

Jeep reveals new Wagoneer S high-performance electric SUV
The new model is designed to rival the Mercedes-Benz EQC with its power, luxury and capability.
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What's all this about?

Jeepís new electric SUV. Itís called the Wagoneer S, a name semi-borrowed from the existing US-market Wagoneer models, and itís not just the first Ďglobalí electric vehicle from Jeep; itís the most powerful Jeep model ever. Which is why the newcomer is expected to compete with the Tesla Model Y and the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT when it arrives in the UK in 2025.

Hang on, wasnít the Avenger Jeepís first electric car?

It was, but as it is only on sale in Europe, it doesnít count as a Ďglobalí model. The Wagoneer S, on the other hand, will be available in Jeepís home market of the USA and Canada later this year, before coming to Europe in 2025.

It doesn't look all that Jeep-like...?

Well, it does and it doesnít. Jeep has wildly reimagined the seven-slot grille thatís characteristic of its models, playing with light and panelling to get the desired effect, while the wheel arches are still trapezoidal. So the details are very much ĎJeep,í but the overall shape is much more aerodynamic than anything Jeep has produced before. And the figures prove it. With the sloping roofline and the bonnet shape, as well as underfloor panels, a massive rear spoiler and a few other low-drag accoutrements, the Wagoneer Sís drag coefficient is streets ahead of anything else Jeep has ever made.

Similarly, the cabin is more high-tech than anything else Jeep has ever made, with not one but three screens splattered across the dash. With a combined display area of 45 inches, thereís a 12.3-inch central touchscreen flanked by a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a 10.25-inch passenger display. All three use Jeepís latest software, and are integrated with Ďproperí physical switchgear for volume and heater controls.

The cabin is also home to an optional McIntosh 19-speaker, 1,160-watt sound system and sustainable materials, as well as trim with a ceramic coating to reduce fingerprints and scratches and an antimicrobial steering wheel covering.

Sounds high-tech. What's the powertrain like?

Powerful. The Wagoneer S gets two electric motors that combine to produce 600hp and send it to all four wheels, while theyíre fed by a 100kWh battery. Jeep hasnít homologated the car yet, but it has confirmed itís aiming for a range of more than 300 miles, well the 0-62mph time will be around the 3.4-second mark. The system will also be capable of disengaging the front motor completely for maximum efficiency in the cruise.

Wow. Will it handle properly?

Jeep says so. The car is 35 per cent stiffer than any previous mid-size Jeep, so it should handle better than any previous mid-size Jeep. And ride better. But thatís just Jeepís opinion, and weíll have to wait and see what the Wagoneer is like on the road. If itís any kind of a steer, Jeepís executives say itís ďfun to drive.Ē

What about off-road?

Jeep still says its focus is on off-road vehicles, and the Wagoneer S provides plenty of off-road tech. Thereís a Selec-Terrain system for different driving modes to suit the surface and conditions, including Snow and Sand modes. It may not be a Wrangler, but Jeep reckons the Wagoneer S will still go off-road.

So when can I have one?

Jeep is launching the Wagoneer S in the States later this year, but UK customers will have to wait until 2025. Prices and specifications are yet to be confirmed.

James Fossdyke - 31 May 2024

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