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The new Jeep Wagoneer S EV put a large target on the back of the Tesla Model Y, and it’s ready to take aim. Will this new Jeep electric SUV hit its target and have the meat to eat all winter or will the Model Y remain the top-selling electric SUV in America? The Jeep team is confident in the new Wagoneer S EV, as they should be, but might need something more.

Why is Jeep confident in the new Wagoneer S EV?

This new all-electric Wagoneer is smaller than the gas-powered models and has incredible power for excellent acceleration. The Jeep Wagoneer S EV can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, thanks to the Stellantis STLA platform and 600 horsepower from the two electric motors. This new Jeep electric SUV wears a sleeker and more stylish versoin of the signature seven-slot grille. It also has a full slate of high-end features befitting the Wagoneer name.

Jeep’s CEO, Antonio Filosa, has much to say about this new electric Wagoneer. He expects this new SUV to attract customers who “want something more sophisticated” than the Tesla Model Y.

“It’s a very iconic product that needs to fight against other competitors that in the US and elsewhere are doing well.”

– Antonio Filosa, Jeep CEO

2024 Jeep Recon electric off-road SUV at the beach.
2024 Jeep Recon | Jeep

The new Wagoneer won’t be alone

Jeep is doubling down on the electric SUV market. They are bringing the new Wrangler-inspired Recon to the market by the end of the year. This new electric off-road SUV has proven itself on the Rubicon Trail, making it an impressive market choice.

“We have to leverage a huge community of happy Wrangler owners and explain to them that the Recon – even if electric – is consistent with our values and capability. It can reach the end of the [Rubicon] trail with enough range to drive back to town and recharge.”

– Jim Morrison, former head of Jeep North American operations

Why is Jeep so high on these two electric SUVs?

The new Jeep Wagoneer S EV and Recon fill the needs of traditional Jeep owners. Still, that’s not the only reason for the push for success. Jeep has experienced a precipitous sales decline since the high of 2018, when the brand reached nearly 1 million in US sales.

Jeep expects the electric SUV market to be a huge success, but they might be missing the market for volume sales. The brand recently deleted the Cherokee and Renegade SUVs from its lineup, which could be sales leaders. Maybe these models will return as electric SUVs. First, the Wagoneer S EV and Recon will lead the charge with sights squarely set on the Tesla Model Y.

Source: ELectrek