Jeep has an electric Wagoneer on the way. He revealed the model and several others in September, calling it the Wagoneer S at the time. However, that won’t be its official name when it goes on sale. Jeep today launched a contest soliciting potential names from its community. Whoever submits the chosen name will win a prize worth $40,000.
The competition runs from today, Wednesday November 23, until Friday, December 2. Jeep has a website to accept submissions, with a form to fill out. The automaker limits submissions to 50 characters or less. The grand prize winner will receive a ski trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Package includes airfare, accommodations, lift tickets, rental, guide or instruction, and $1,000 retail store gift card.
The Jeep Wagoneer S is just one set of electric vehicles that will join the automaker’s lineup in the coming years. Jeep also previewed the 2024 Recon, a rugged electric SUV that the Jeep Wrangler clearly inspired. The Recon and Wagoneer S will enter production in 2024 in the United States.
The Wagoneer S will ride on the automaker’s STLA Large platform. Jeep expects the SUV to offer up to 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts). It will be able to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds, with Jeep aiming to give the SUV up to 400 miles of range. A twin-motor setup is possible, with standard all-wheel drive and less powerful models also possible.
While the Wagoneer S won’t go on sale for more than a year, reservation books will open in early 2023. That likely means Jeep will stage its official debut sooner rather than later. January’s CES has become a hugely popular venue for automakers to debut new technologies and electric vehicles, replacing the old Detroit Auto Show.
Jeep previewed the styling of the SUV, showing a svelte crossover more similar in size to the Jeep Grand Cherokee than the beefy full-size Wagoneer. The automaker described the Wagoneer’s styling as unique, sleek, and aerodynamic. It will have “all-terrain handling” and “advanced technology focused on the Jeep brand”.