Jeep has unveiled a new all-electric version of its iconic Wrangler SUV, but consumers will probably have to wait at least a few years to purchase one.
The brand on Monday debuted the Wrangler”Magneto” as a concept vehicle, meaning it is a custom product typically built by automakers to gauge customer interest or reveal the future direction of a vehicle or brand.
“It’s a sustainable, stealthy, rock-climbing force,” Jim Morrison, vice president of the Jeep brand in North America, said during a networking event. “It is a zero-emissions concept vehicle with Jeep 4×4 capability taken to the next level.”
Jeep executives have stated every Jeep will provide some form of electrification going forward, but it’s not confirmed an all-electric version of the Wrangler. The company recently started selling a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Wrangler below a new “4xe” moniker, a play on the brand’s off-road reputation combined with electrification. Plug-in hybrid electric models have batteries like EVs but also still have a standard internal combustion engine.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto notion is based off a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. To make it an EV, engineers swapped out its internal combustion engine and a few supporting parts for electric components such as four batteries and an e-motor.
The vehicle is capable of up to 273 foot-pounds of torque and 285 horsepower. The Magneto runs 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The company didn’t release the electric selection of the vehicle.
The most unique thing about the Magneto is it includes a six-speed manual transmission, which electric vehicles don’t require because of their motors. Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, said the vehicle”has the best features” of an automatic transmission but the”direct-drive feel” of a manual transmission, which is an integral draw for off-road enthusiasts.
The Magneto was unveiled alongside several other habit or concept vehicles to the Jeep Easter Safari, an yearly off-road event for the brand in Moab, Utah. Jeep regularly uses the off-road occasion as a testing ground for the capacities of its vehicles as well as a means to gauge customer interest in new products.
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has been a great tradition for over half a century,” Morrison said. “It is a place where we get to connect with our most die-hard off-road enthusiasts and the individuals who are most loyal to our brand.”