Future Jeeps may drive underwater, CEO says

19:58, 18 July 2021
Future Jeeps may drive underwater, CEO says Photo: Motor Technologies

The new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon can drive through 33,6 inches of water, but, reportedly, the future models might go much deeper.

Jeep’s parent company recently had an electric vehicle presentation, in which a Wrangler was demonstrated being fully submerged, and that could soon become a reality.

“There is a little wink we have at the end, which is probably post-2030, but I know a lot of enthusiasts and a lot of our communities are requesting it,” Jeep CEO Christian Meunier told The Detroit News.

“There are some crazy, very amazing people in the Jeep community who do that type of thing already with an ICE, so you can imagine with a battery car what it would be,” he added.

Since the electric cars don’t have air intakes or exhaust and as long as their equipment is sealed they can operate underwater without any problem.

Currently, the available Wrangler Rubicon 4Xe plug-in hybrid, with an all-electric range of 21 miles, is equipped with a waterproof battery pack and rated for 30 inches of fording depth.