Manufactured since the year 1986, Jeep has launched a highly successful series known as the Jeep Wrangler, which is now in its fourth generation. However, now, Jeep has launched a new version of the highly successful and iconic Wrangler, that is, an electric version of the Wrangler SUV. However, anyone who is interested in purchasing this electric version will probably have to wait for a minimum of a few years before they can get their hands on it.
On the 22nd of March, Jeep first debuted this electric version of the Wrangler as just a concept for an automobile with the title “Magneto”. However, one should not take this debut as simply a debut. What this meant is that this electronic version of the Wrangler is supposed to be a custom vehicle product, which will be built by the manufacturers as a way to estimate the interest of the customers within this version. It can also be considered as a way used by Jeep to showcase the direction that the brand will be going in the future.
In the words of Jim Morrison, the North American vice president of Jeep at a media event, Magento is a rock-climbing force that is both stealthy and sustainable. The concept of the vehicle is that of a zero-emission vehicle that has a 4 by 4 capability, that too brought on a whole other level. It has a torque capability of 273 foot-pounds and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds with 285 horsepower. What makes the Magneto unique is that it features a manual six-speed transmission, which is something that electric cars do not need due to the motor. Jeep design’s head, Mark Allen, claims that Magneto features the best characteristics when it comes to automatic transmission all the while maintaining the feel of that of a manual transmission.
The basis of the concept of Magneto was the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. By swapping out various supporting components and the internal combustion engine with components, such as the e-motor and four batteries, they were able to make it an electric version.
The Future of Jeep
With the debut of Jeep, the executives were vocal about how each Jeep will feature electrification in some form or the other from now on. However, the confirmation of a Wrangler that can be known as an all-electric version is yet to be put out by the brand. Recently, Jeep has begun to sell an electric version of Wrangler that is a plug-in hybrid vehicle. These models feature batteries similar to that of EVs however, are known to still feature an internal and traditional combustion engine.
Apart from Magneto, various concept vehicles were also unveiled, which include the Jeep Easter Safari. As a testing ground, off-roading events are used by Jeep to showcase the capabilities of the vehicle they are launching. There is no doubt that there will be a high interest of customers for this newly debuted concept vehicle.