The jeep opened about its ongoing electrification plans in September, sharing details on three battery electric models and one plug-in hybrid will be in the next two years. One of the electric cars was given a code name Wagoner S, Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles, who says the “S” stands for “speed, brightness and sexiness.” Based on a Motor trend the reportwe might as well say that S stands for “Stumped” because Jeep has no name for the luxury midsize. Brand president Christian Meunier told the magazine regarding the production name, “We’ve got a few in the basket,” but Jeep wants some crowd-sourced help choosing the handle. It won’t be a free-for-all; how Ford made from 2023 Mustang new black Nite Pony accent pack, Jeep will provide suggestions and guidance as part of the competition, which is set to begin next month. With the electric car scheduled to debut and bookings to open in early 2023, Meunier wants to crown a winner by the end of this year.
As a reminder of the baby’s name, the Wagoneer S is a two-row SUV aimed at the likes of Range Rover Sport. The size is slightly smaller than the last one Grand Cherokee and bearing more than a passing resemblance to one, its inclusion in the Wagoneer family could justify pricing that starts even beyond the current $71,000 Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve trim. Why would Grand Cherokee buyers give up on EV demand for the MSRP gap when you can make a Wagoneer buyer think, “Hey, that’s not bad.” Naturally, this means that the Wagoneer S will be powered and equipped as a luxury electric vehicle. In its most powerful form, it will come with twin engines that make 600 horsepower, enough to propel it from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The Kinder Drive is expected to give a range of 400 miles. The standard four-wheel drive and terrain control system will handle the rugged sections of any route.
Meunier told MT that the concept is actually a production model, so what you see above is actually what will make it to market. It’s all pretty, but we can’t wait to answer our questions about what the tilting sunroof does to cargo space. In the meantime, take a long look at the images and see if the muse suggests the perfect nickname.