Jeep requires assistance in determining the official name for the Wagoneer S electric vehicle
In September, Jeep revealed details on three battery-electric models and one plug-in hybrid that will be available within the next two years. One of the EVs was given the codename Wagoneer S by Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles, who explained that the “S” stands for “speed, striking, and sexy.” According to Motor Trend, the S could also stand for “Stumped,” because Jeep has yet to name the luxury mid-sizer. “We have a few in the basket,” brand president Christian Meunier told the magazine of a product name, but Jeep wants crowdsourced help choosing a handle. This will not be a free-for-all; much like Ford did with the new Nite Pony black accent package for the 2023 Mustang, Jeep will provide suggestions and direction as part of a contest that will begin in the coming month. With the EV’s debut scheduled for early 2023 and reservations opening, Meunier wants to name a winner by the end of the year.
The Wagoneer S, as the name suggests, is a two-row SUV aimed at rivals such as the Range Rover Sport. Its inclusion in the Wagoneer family, despite being slightly smaller than the latest Grand Cherokee and bearing more than a passing resemblance to one, could possibly be to justify pricing that begins beyond even the current top trim $71,000 Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve. Why should Grand Cherokee buyers balk at the MSRP gap EVs demand when a Wagoneer buyer might think, “Hey, that’s not bad.” This naturally implies that the Wagoneer S will be powered up and outfitted like a luxury EV. In its most powerful form, it will have dual motors producing a combined 600 horsepower, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Kinder driving is expected to have a 400-mile range. Any route can be tackled with standard four-wheel drive and a terrain management system.
Meunier told MT that the concept is effectively the production model, so what you see above is what will be released. It’s quite appealing, but we can’t wait to find out what the slanted hatch means for cargo space. Until then, take a long look at the renderings and see if the muse comes up with the perfect name.