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Jeep Wagoneer S Duels Tesla Model Y Ahead of May 30 Debut

We first saw the Wagoneer S back in September 2022 as a concept and we’ll finally check out the production model on May 30. Meanwhile, Jeep’s first US-bound electric vehicle locks horns with the Tesla Model Y Performance in a new teaser video. It’s obviously a mock race, and so is the one after that, involving a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The Wagoneer S will be Jeep’s quickest-accelerating production model ever, needing just 3.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. That’s conveniently 0.1s less than the Model Y Performance and the Trackhawk. As to why 0-60 mph times matter when you’re buying a Jeep, you’ll have to ask its parent company Stellantis. Bragging rights, I suppose.

The video shot at the Willow Springs track in California also provides a recap of the technical specifications revealed thus far. The Wagoneer S will have 600 horsepower and a massive 617 pound-feet of torque. These numbers were obtained while testing pre-production prototypes, so might change a bit for the final version sold to customers.

Jeep estimates a driving range of more than 300 miles, which is at least 21 miles more compared to the Model Y Performance. The battery size isn’t mentioned but we do know the Wagoneer S rides on the STLA Large platform. The architecture supports packs from 85 to 118 kWh. Dodge’s Charger Daytona coupe and sedan models come with a 100.5-kWh battery.

What else do we know about the Wagoneer S? It has a dual-motor setup, all-wheel drive, an 800-volt architecture, and it might get combustion engines after all. Although an EV-centric platform, the new architecture we mentioned supports ICE power–as seen in the Dodge Charger with its Hurricane inline-six, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine offered with either 420 or 550 horsepower.

It looks as though the Wagoneer S name is staying. That’s despite the fact Jeep set up a contest in late 2022, asking fans to propose different monikers. It’s going to be a global product, unlike the smaller Avenger sold in Europe and other markets, but not in the US.

A separate EV, the Recon, is also coming to the US. It too could eventually get gas engines, should the need arise: “We need to grab them [sales] or somebody else will,” according to Jeep CEO Antonio Filosa.

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