Jeep is embracing the electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of the 2024 Jeep Recon. While Jeep previously released plug-in hybrids such as the Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe, the 2024 Recon is its first all-electric SUV. Inspired by the Wrangler, the Recon aims to deliver the off-road capabilities and quality design that Jeep is famous for with enhanced eco-friendly credentials. Take a closer look at the revolutionary new Jeep Recon.
Why Not an Electric Wrangler?
Because the Jeep Recon is based on the Wrangler, some people have questioned why Jeep chose to launch a new nameplate rather than create an all-electric Wrangler, which is reportedly coming in 2027. For now, opting for the Recon gives Jeep the freedom to experiment without impacting the Wrangler name.
Ralph Gilles, the chief design officer for Jeep’s parent company Stellantis, says the Recon will have the same STLA Large EV platform as the new Wagoneer S, rather than the Wrangler’s body-on-frame platform. He adds that its fenders will be less pronounced and its beltline a little lower. Gear Patrol also predicts the Recon will handle better on regular roads than the Wrangler, thanks to independent front and rear suspension systems.
Rugged Good Looks
It might be an ultramodern SUV, but the Recon retains the rugged styling that Jeep is famous for. Although Jeep has smoothed its edges and added a slightly futuristic illuminated front grille, the Recon is still a boxy Jeep at heart. There’s a spare tire mounted on the tailgate and side mirrors mounted to the door.
Serious Off-Roading Power
If you love off-roading, the Recon won’t let you down, as it will receive a Trail Rated badge. Only Jeep vehicles that pass tests for traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation, and ground clearance receive this off-road certification. The Recon will also come with the following off-road features:
- Selec-Terrain Traction Management System.
- BFGoodrich T/A tires.
- E-lock axles.
- Underbody protection.
- Tow hooks.
Space for the Whole Family
The 2024 Jeep Recon EV is a five-seater midsize SUV offering enough space for most families. While Jeep hasn’t released official dimensions at this stage, Car and Driver expects it to be comparable to the current Jeep Wrangler and two-row Grand Cherokee. Jeep has also turned the front area that would normally contain an engine into a practical space for storing suitcases, shopping bags, or sporting gear.
Top Tech on Board
The Recon’s dashboard will feature Jeep’s latest-generation Uconnect infotainment system. Uconnect offers access to local radio stations, playlists, podcasts, and SiriusXM satellite radio so you’ll stay entertained on the road. Uconnect also integrates with Android and iPhone smartphones, allowing you to make and receive calls and reply to text messages using voice commands while you’re on the move. Its real-time navigation and detailed travel guides make adventuring off-road easy. Alexa is also built into the system so you can easily add items to your shopping list, check your calendar, or turn on your smart air-conditioning system before you arrive home.
Customize Your Ride
Jeep offers plenty of options so you can configure the 2024 Jeep Recon just the way you want it. The cabin already feels open, as the Recon features more greenhouse glass than any other Jeep vehicle. However, removing the doors can make the interior feel even lighter. While it’ll help you feel more connected to the elements, removing the doors also reduces the Recon’s weight to improve fuel efficiency. You can also opt for a power-folding rooftop if you enjoy feeling the wind in your hair.
Predicted Powertrain and Range
Car and Driver notes that Jeep is keeping the details such as the Recon’s power, range, and battery size a secret for now, but MotorTrend says the new electric SUV is likely to have a standard dual-train motor drivetrain. As its off-road capabilities are being heavily promoted, Kelley Blue Book anticipates the Recon should have four-wheel drive as standard.
MotorTrend also predicts the Recon should have a range of around 350 miles. With Octopus Electric Vehicles noting the average EV has a range of 211 miles, Jeep’s Recon will outrank many of its competitors. And with the average person only driving around 20 miles a day, the Recon is likely to have enough charge to get you where you want to go.
Jeep hasn’t announced the Recon’s trim levels, but as it’s based on the Wrangler, Car and Driver predicts the Recon could share the same trim levels. That means the Recon could start with an entry-level Sport, followed by the Willys and Rubicon. A Recon Sahara and Recon Sahara High Altitude could cater to motorists seeking a more luxurious off-roading experience.
Jeep is yet to announce the MSRP for its Jeep, but motoring publications are already speculating how much drivers should budget for this innovative vehicle. Car and Driver and Gear Patrol both expect it to cost more than the $49,995 Jeep charges for its plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe. MotorTrend and Car and Driver predict the base model will cost around $60,000, which would make it more affordable than the Grand Cherokee 4xe. Government incentives could help reduce the price in some states.
Expected Delivery Date
Jeep has stated that dealerships across the United States should have the 2024 Jeep Recon in 2024. With production set to begin in the United States that same year, the Recon likely won’t be available until the second half of 2024. However, some motoring publications, such as Gear Patrol, feel that Jeep’s estimate may be optimistic, and we may need to wait until 2025. EV technology is emerging, so delays may occur as Jeep strives to create an EV that works as reliably and efficiently as consumers expect.
Learn More About the 2024 Jeep Recon at Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Plano
We’ll make sure to have the 2024 Jeep Recon available for test drives as soon as they’re available. Until then, feel free to visit our Plano, Texas, dealership to browse our selection of new cars and chat with our sales team about these highly anticipated Jeeps and other EVs available right now. We’d love to answer your questions and help you find a great EV.