Jeep has created an all-electric concept version of its flagship Wrangler as the company transitions away from gas-guzzling vehicles and toward zero-emission vehicles.
A year ago, the Stellantis brand debuted the initial version of the all-electric SUV, the Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 concept vehicle. Concept vehicles are one-of-a-kind vehicles created by automakers to assess customer interest or highlight a vehicle’s or brand’s future direction.
According to Jeep, the Magneto 2.0 concept SUV is based on the regular Wrangler Rubicon SUV, but it promises a considerable improvement in performance, including 0-60 mph in two seconds. With a time of 6.8 seconds, it’s faster than the Wrangler Magneto 1.0 and on par with Tesla’s high-performance Plaid models.
The Magneto 2.0, according to Jeep, can provide up to 850 ft-lbs of torque and 625 horsepower to the wheels. The vehicle’s electric range has not been revealed by Jeep.
The Magneto’s most distinguishing feature is its six-speed manual transmissions, which are not required in electric vehicles. According to Jeep officials, the e-transmission combines the greatest features of an automatic transmission with the direct-drive sensation of a manual transmission, which is a major selling point for off-road enthusiasts.
Jeep unveiled the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 online on Friday, just in time for the Jeep Easter Safari, the brand’s annual off-road event in Moab, Utah. Jeep uses the event as a proving ground for its vehicles’ capabilities as well as a barometer of client interest in new goods.
The Magneto is not for sale to the general public because it is a concept. Jeep, on the other hand, is anticipated to release an all-electric Wrangler in the future years.
Stellantis, which was formed last year by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Groupe PSA, sees Jeep as a vital part of its growth and electrification goals. Through 2025, Stellantis plans to invest at least $35.5 billion in electric vehicles and associated technology.
In the next years, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier has stated that every new Jeep will include some type of electrification. All-electric vehicles, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) that mix electrification with internal combustion engines, such as the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler 4xe models presently on the market, are expected to be part of those plans.
For the Moab off-roading event, the Magneto 2.0 was unveiled alongside four other bespoke or concept Jeep vehicles. Other cars featured a modified Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, as well as an off-road Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV prototype.
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