The Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is a fully electric SUV based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is a fully electric SUV based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Jeep unveils all-electric Wrangler concept SUV

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.

Concept vehicles for this year’s Jeep Easter Safari
Concept vehicles for this year’s Jeep Easter Safari

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.

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“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.”

 

Source: CNBC