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2022-08-13 13:32:16 By : Ms. Kitty Chen

Carlos Tavares, Chief Executive Officer of Jeep’s parent company Stellantis, unveiled images of a new Jeep BEV, or Battery Electric Vehicle, which is said to debut in 2023. Revealed as part of the Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan presentation, the design hews closely to that of the Jeep Compass and Cherokee models, but the scale is hard to pin down. Given the timeline, we wouldn’t be surprised if it utilized the bones of either of those models as the base of the new unnamed BEV. No details regarding the range, battery size and project partners, if any, were divulged.

The announcement is a timely one for Jeep, as the brand’s foray into electrification has been cautious, limited so far to the Wrangler 4xe and the forthcoming Grand Cherokee 4xe. Meanwhile, competitors have been ramping up production of compact and mid-size crossover and SUV EVs, the latest crop of high-profile models including the well-received Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4, among others. Jeep’s sister company Chrysler revealed the fully functional Airflow EV crossover concept earlier this year, and the sharing of certain powertrain or software elements is certainly possible.

Stellantis previously announced that it was preparing hybrid or EV models across its entire portfolio of brands, and hoped to make fully 40% of its North American lineup EV by 2030, including Doge-branded muscle cars. But with the exception of the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe hybrid and the 2024 Ram pickup EV, the timetable remained largely undefined.

With the announcement of its “Dare Forward 2030” strategic plan, it appears Stellantis has finally collated the best elements of all of its diverse brands under a single umbrella, at least for the push into electrification.

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