The Jeep design team’s objective while developing the Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept was always to use the platform to test, explore, and push the frontiers of 4×4 electrification. The latest version, the Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept, takes this mission to new heights with three driver-selectable functions that capitalize on the benefits of a fully electric powertrain in serious off-road situations.
Based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Magneto features a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm and connects to a six-speed manual transmission for ultimate control. The compact e-motor was initially tuned to deliver up to 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 horsepower.
The 2022 version of the Jeep Magneto, the Magneto 2.0 Concept, pushed the performance envelope even further with peak amperage in the propulsion system more than doubled to 600 amps. This upgrade allowed the concept vehicle to instantly deliver up to 850 lb.-ft. of peak torque to the wheels – more than triple the torque output of the previous version of the concept – and 625 horsepower for serious rock-climbing challenges.
And now, for the latest iteration of the Jeep Wrangler Magneto, the Magneto 3.0 Concept in 2023, there are even more upgrades. The new, more efficient motor boosts the torque output, and updated programming results in a 20% increase in usable energy and range.
The Magneto 3.0 Concept features three driver-selectable functions that capitalize on the benefits of a fully electric powertrain in serious off-road situations:
- Output select allows the driver to choose between two power settings (standard: 285 horsepower/273 lb.-ft. of torque; maximum: 650 horsepower/900 lb.-ft. of torque)
- Two-stage power regeneration mode allows normal driving while off or enhanced brake regeneration using the electric motor when engaged
- Aggressive hill descent mode can be selected in low range to offer true ‘one pedal’ off-road driving in serious rock-crawling situations
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept is also built for serious off-road driving with Dynatrac 60 front axles (5.38:1 ratio), Dynatrac 80 rear axles (5.38:1 ratio), 20-inch off-road beadlock wheels, 40-inch mud terrain tires, and a custom 3-inch lift.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept has also been updated in terms of proportion for ease of access, with the door opening modified and swept back an additional six inches. The front fender has been stretched back on the trailing edge two inches, and the windshield has been raked back 12 degrees to give the side view a “chopped” roof feel without shortening the front glass.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept features an updated paint scheme that pays homage to all three evolutions of the concept vehicle, with a Bright White and Surf Blue motif and the addition of more vibrant exterior details, including red accents.
Inside, the front seats have been re-trimmed in rich blue leather and adorned with red accent stitching to match the exterior. The rear seats have been removed, and the floor has been Rhino-lined in Surf Blue for added functionality and durability.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept is the ultimate off-road electric beast, with the latest technology and design innovations pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in 4×4 electrification.