Jeep released some images of their new Recon… a rugged EV that should be coming out by 2024.
There’s no real specs to go with these teaser photos yet. But speaking in terms of design, I think the Recon falls exactly where it it needs to in an electric-Jeep lineup. It’s got slick modern styling, mixed with a retro rugged SUV essence. It brings the outside into the inside, like a Jeep should. The Recon has a sense of adventure, & freedom. And I think this is a perfect direction for Jeep to go if they want to break their EVs away from the cookie-cutter, delicate, encapsulated EV stereotype.
The Recon will be unibody on the STLA Large platform. And it should have pretty impressive off-road capabilities, at least when trimmed-out. Going electric does open up all sorts of new possibilities in the off-road realm with power distribution & precise traction control.
The Jeep Recon seems like a cool rig… that also happens to be electric. In other words, I don’t like this BECAUSE it’s electric… I like this AND it’s electric. And as someone who loves driving & car culture, I don’t feel like I’m being told to shut up & comply with this Recon. It doesn’t feel like a gimmick. Rather, it feels pretty authentic actually. I don’t think Jeep is compromising with the Recon. And that makes me a lot more receptive to it. If the automotive industry wants to start winning again, they need to make vehicles that Americans WANT to buy. Like this.