Jeeps Will Be Able To Drive Underwater, Reports CEO

by Samantha Whidden

Following the announcement of the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier officially claims that other Jeeps in the future may actually be able to drive underwater.

During a recent interview with The Detroit News, Meunier discusses Jeep’s “10-plus year” plans by proclaiming that the Wrangler lineup will become the world’s “greenest” SUV brand with a fully battery-electric model in each segment by 2025. He also mentions that the brand will be adding autonomous capabilities and may even getting the cars to go underwater. 

“There are a lot of things that are coming that are in the pipeline,” the Jeep CEO states. “We are going to keep our king of the hill position, for sure. ”

Jeep also released a teaser for the package that shows a Wrangler completely underwater. Meunier addresses the video. “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.”

Meunier also praises the Jeep community by saying there are “some crazy, very amazing people” who in the community that already do “this type of thing already.”

He then adds, “So you can imagine with a battery car what it would be.”

Jeep Announces Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package 

Jeep announced the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package on Wednesday (July 14th). Jim Morrison, the Vice President of Jeep Brand North America, declares in one of the car brand’s latest press releases, “For the first time ever, the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package delivers 35-inch tires straight from the factory.” 

Morrison also states that he and his team at Jeep have been listening to, as well as watching their customers make the package one of the most popular modifications among the Wranglers.

“Now we will deliver this new package, along with an industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio, off the showroom floor at our Jeep dealerships,” Morrison then shares.

The Wrangler package is part of the celebration of the car brand’s 80th anniversary. Along with the impressive 35-inch all-terrain tires, the package has 17-inc x 8-in Beadlock Capable Wheels; 4.56:1 Axle Ratio; and 3.8 centimeters (1.5-in) Factory Suspension Lift with tuned shocks. 

The new package is claimed to have the “best-in-class” approach angle, departure angle, ground clearance, and water fording capability. The package’s approach angle is 47.4 degrees; breaker angle is 26.7 degrees; departure angle is 40.4 degrees; ground clearance is 32.7 centimeters (12.9 inches); and the water fording is 85.3 centimeters (33.6 inches).

The car brand then confirms that Canadian customers are now able to order the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package on both the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door and the Wrangler Rubicon 392 models. The production is set to start in August 2021 at the Toledo, Ohio assembly plant.