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Jeep previews 450kW Wagoneer S electric SUV

Drawing on the 1963 classic, Jeep previews its incoming battery electric Wagoneer S SUV

31 Jan 2024

JEEP has previewed its incoming battery electric SUV, the Wagoneer S, this week, the futuristic model drawing stylistic inspiration from the 1963 classic of the same name.


Featuring what Jeep says is a luxurious interior, upscale materials and premium appointments, the Wagoneer S is the brand’s first global all-electric SUV.


The model will ride on Jeep’s BEV-native STLA Large architecture and offer “impressive performance numbers” alongside a tech-focused cabin that “radiates a seamless integration of art with technology”.


Hinting at future equipment offerings, the Wagoneer S is said to include a tailored driver control centre with unique Selec-Terrain four-wheel drive toggle and dynamic, colour-selectable ambient lighting.


The Jeep Wagoneer S will also feature a standard dual-pane panoramic sunroof and McIntosh premium sound system with 19 speakers, flush-mounted door handles, and an illuminated seven-slot grille flanked by narrow LED headlights.


The supplied illustrations also point to multiple touchscreens and digital (touch-responsive) controls, heated seating, and front-seat massaging function.


GoAuto understands the Wagoneer S will deliver as much as 450kW of power through Jeep’s 4xe all-wheel drive system offering a 0-60mph (96km/h) time of 3.5 seconds.


The Wagoneer S is expected to launch in its home market in the third quarter of this year with an Australian launch likely in late 2025 or early 2026.


While further specifications have not yet been divulged, the modular STLA Large platform underpinning the model is one of four to come from Stellantis.


The platform features 400- or 800-volt battery packs with up to 118kWh of embedded storage, and three-in-one drive modules that incorporate the motor, inverter, and reduction gear within the one assembly. Silicon carbide semiconductors are utilised to “minimise power loses”, says Stellantis.


Further, a fast-charging rate of up to 4.5kWh per minute is said to be possible.


The SLTA Large setup can be configured to run front-, rear- or all-wheel drive arrangements – and BEV, ICE and HEV drivelines – with packaging said to maximise interior and cargo space. Wheelbases and ground clearance can be adapted to suit various applications, the architecture also supporting a range of powertrain and suspension modules.


“Our goals for our STLA platforms are ambitious but this is what our customers need from us today,” said Stellantis chief executive officer Carlos Tavares of the platform.


“Creating a family of vehicles from a well-engineered set of components that is flexible enough to cover multiple vehicle types and propulsions, overperforming any of our current products, will address each of our iconic brands’ customers.


“The flexibility and agility of this platform is its hallmark and will be a driving force for our success in the shift to electrification in North America.”


Stellantis is aiming to sell five million EVs globally by the end of the decade, including 75 new models across its Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Peugeot, and Ram brands. The group plans to have 48 battery-electric vehicles on the market globally by the end of the calendar year.


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