The annual Jeep Easter Safari has a unique leader this year. Along with a wide variety of Jeep Wrangler models at this yearly event, a new electrified model appears. Moab’s Red Rock 4-Wheelers club hosts this annual Easter event. This is where we typically see new concept Wranglers and other Jeep models that could become part of the production offering after the event. One such offering is an updated version of the Magneto concept from last year.
What is the Jeep Wrangler Magneto?
The original version of the electric Wrangler SUV took center stage at the 2021 Easter Safari in Moab with an electric powertrain rivaling the Pentastar V6. This model gave us a unique approach to electric driving with a manual transmission and a low-speed electric motor, allowing the electric Wrangler to perform well in off-road conditions.
A hint at a new Magneto SUV
Initially, all we got to see what a hint of a new Magneto version of the Jeep Wrangler. AutoBlog reported a new model with a 2.0 decal at the end of the Magneto name on the hood indicating a new version of the electric could participate in the latest Easter Jeep Safari. Now, we know that report is accurate, and the Magneto 2.0 led the way through the course in Moab, Utah.
This Wrangler takes power to a new level
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The all-electric Magneto 2.0 pushes the limits of power for an off-road SUV. This SUV has an electric motor, six-speed manual transmission, four battery packs, and a race car inverter, according to The Drive. This combination is good for 625 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque. That torque number is extremely useful out on the trails in Moab.
Do you want to see a fast Jeep Wrangler? Check out the Magneto 2.0
This new electric setup for the Magneto gives this impressive SUV enough juice to rocket to 60 mph in a blistering two seconds. Blink your eyes a couple of times, and you’ve hit sixty in the Magneto 2.0. This amazing SUV can handle this speed, but it can also maintain that acceleration for up to 10 seconds. Jeep calls this feature “electronic nitrous oxide,” which is a great way to describe the absolute acceleration of this electric SUV.
How does the Jeep chassis handle all that power?
Road and Track tells us the Magneto 2.0 model has 12-inches of additional wheelbase, giving it a longer stance to absorb some of the additional power. This new wheelbase gives this electrified Jeep a similar appearance to the old JL models. A Rubicon Rock-Trac transfer case is present, along with the ratio needed to optimize the first gear for this SUV.
Toss in a pair of Dnyatrac Pro-Rock axles, a set of 20-inch wheels, and massive 40-inch tires, and you’ve got a combination that can handle the power of this new electric Jeep. While making the most of this power, the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 can easily crawl up the rock faces, handle steep downslopes, and then take off quickly once it reaches a flat piece of land.
The Easter Safari continues until April 17 in Moab, Utah. We don’t know if this concept electric Jeep will become a production model or not, but it would be pretty cool. We’re certainly interested in the Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 electric SUV, are you?