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Jeep wants to establish itself as the “greenest SUV brand” in the world in a move that will see the company leveraging synergies with the PSA Group.

While recently speaking with members of the media, Jeep boss Christian Meunier indicated the car manufacturer will “pitch itself as a mean, green machine.” However, whereas many automakers are going down the electrification path solely to meet emissions regulations, Meuiner added that the high torque from such powertrains help with the SUVs off-roading abilities.

In fact, he revealed that a Wrangler 4xe recently traversed the difficult Rubicon Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range operating solely in electric mode.

Read More: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plugs Into The Heart Of The 4×4 Class With 375 HP

“What is most important is to make our product the most capable and most exciting Jeep ever,” Meunier said. “Additional torque, driving in silence, with extra exceptional acceleration and torque — that’s the perfect fit. Jeep and electrification are meant to be together. Our ambition is to become the greenest SUV brand in the world.”

Jeep will sell its vision for the green future with a new advertising campaign, similar to the one in Europe touting the benefits of electrification in the Renegade and Compass.

When asked by Auto News to provide specifics about how Jeep will benefit from the merger between FCA and PSA, Meunier kept his cards close to his chest. However, he did say there is a lot of potential.

“It’s very clear that Jeep will benefit a lot from the merger,” he said. “There is obviously a lot of potential between platform, drivetrain, cost reduction and things like that. There is a lot of potential opportunities of synergies and manufacturing footprint.”


When Volkswagen unveiled the 2021 ID.4 in September, the company estimated the model would have 250 miles (403 km) of range.

That estimate has panned out as the EPA says the ID.4 1st Edition and ID.4 Pro will be able to travel 250 miles (403 km) on a single charge.

As a refresher, the ID.4 Pro starts at $39,995 and has an 82 kWh battery pack.  It powers a rear-mounted electric motor that develops 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 228 lb-ft (309 Nm) of torque.

Also Read: 2021 VW ID.4 Offers 201 HP And 250 Miles Of Range For $39,995

The ID.4 1st Edition has the same powertrain, but costs $43,995 and is better equipped. This version will be the first to arrive in the United States and it features a handful of special touches such as Electric White accents as well as brake and accelerator pedals with pause and play logos.

While 250 miles (403 km) of range doesn’t sound too impressive, it’s pretty competitive for segment. The rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range has an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles (370 km), while the Extended Range variant increases that figure to 300 miles (383 km).

Other competitors include the 239 mile (385 km) Kia Niro EV and the Tesla Model Y Dual Motor AWD which has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles (525 km).

The ID.4 is also one of the most affordable electric crossovers as it undercuts the Mustang Mach-E by $2,900. It’s also significantly more affordable than the Model Y, but it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison as the all-wheel drive ID.4 wouldn’t arrive until later next year. Furthermore, the Kia Niro EV is slightly cheaper as pricing starts at $39,090.

Note: Prices exclude federal, state and local incentives

Elon Musk spoke again about the possibility of Tesla offering a smaller EV to slot below the Model 3 with a particular focus in the European market.

“Possibly in Europe, it would make sense to do, I guess, a compact car, perhaps a hatchback or something like that,” Musk said during an online conference on batteries hosted by the German government.

“In the U.S., the cars tend to be bigger for personal taste reasons,” Musk added. “In Europe, they tend to be smaller.”

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This isn’t the first time Musk talked about a more affordable Tesla. Back in September and during the carmaker’s ‘Battery Day’ event, he said that a new entry-level $25,000 model will make use of their new ‘tabless’ battery cells and that it could hit the market in roughly three years.

During the online battery conference in Germany, Musk talked about his problems parking a Model X in Berlin. “I was driving a Model X around Berlin and we had quite a bit of trouble finding a parking space where we could fit,” he said.

“That (a hatchback) would probably be a good candidate for an original design. I’m sure there will be other (design proposals) as well. But (a hatchback) might be the wise place to start”, Tesla’s CEO added.

Offering a more compact electric vehicle than the Model 3 certainly makes sense for Tesla, and could help the company achieve their aim of producing 20 million vehicles per year in the “long-term”. While smaller cars may not be that appealing to North American consumers, they are much more popular in the rest of the world.