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Jeep launching all-terrain e-bike this summer

Jeep is launching a branded electrified bicycle.

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Jeeps can conquer most terrain but when it comes to last-mile solutions, there's a new kid on the block the automaker is introducing this summer - Jeep e-Bike. It's a branded model from QuietKat, a company that makes electric bikes for a variety of terrain that has bicycles for sale under the model names Warrior, Predator, and Apex.

The Jeep e-Bike is seen in Jeep's new commercial starring the Gladiator and comedian/actor Bill Murray that premiered during the Super Bowl.

Jeep e-bike The bicycle is able to ridden in a traditional manner and has a 40-mile all-electric range that keeps pedaling from needing to occur.Photo courtesy of FCA USA LLC

The electrified all-terrain bicycle is an electric mountain bike powered by a 750-watt electric UltraDrive mid-drive motor. It has 4.8-inch fat tires and a Fire-Link suspension. Jeep says that the model gets up to 40 miles on a single charge.

QuietKat sells its bikes in two sizes: 17-inch and 19-inch. The smaller frame is billed for small/medium riders and the larger is for medium/large riders.

These frames were new for the QuietKat brand for 2019 have a lower stand-over height than their previous frames. The new sizes also allow for better handling according to the brand.

QuietKat currently sells additional/replacement batteries as well as external chargers.

Pricing of the e-Bike has yet to be announced. QuietKat's bicycles are priced from $2,669 to $6,199 on their website.

Jeep e-bike Jeep has worked to ensure that the bike is all-terrain enabled.Photo courtesy of FCA USA LLC

Jeep has said that the bike will debut in June 2020, likely during the North American International Auto Show.

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Jeep has begun teasing its newest three-row SUVs.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's wood-paneled sides, cavernous interior, go-anywhere capability. It was the bee's knees. Now those vintage models are a collector's item. Soon, it will be reborn.

A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep also has a redo of the Grand Cherokee and a few other things in its sights. Perhaps this is a BOGO (or three or four) teaser.

A Jeep product presentation for investors earlier this year detailed the forthcoming model rollout, including modifications to the plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that a new three-row Jeep E-Segment model is coming in the first quarter of 2021. Separately it lists the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as coming in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

All the models are scheduled to have some level of electrification (product plans say PHEV, which would be on-par with the new PHEV Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler offerings) as well as an advanced level of autonomy (don't expect anything too revolutionary here) and connectivity.

The new Wagoneer full-size SUV that Jeep is debuting is expected to compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban was redesigned for the 2021 model year and, in addition to a bevy of tech updates, the model has significantly expanded its third-row legroom.

Product plants show that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are different vehicles. Not much is known for sure about the two models, but rumors are rampant. One that seems to have sticking power is that the Grand Wagoneer will have finer appointments than the Wagoneer, which could be designed to be more off-road-ready.

The Grand Cherokee is going to be a two-row SUV built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The most mysterious model is the three-row E-Segment model that Jeep has said is coming. E-Segment models are typically large, showy flagships - sometimes large cars, but other times wagons. Jeep has also said that an electrified version of the Wrangler is on the way. Does A +B = C? Only time will tell.

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The 2021 Cadillac Lyriq is a whole new take on luxe mobility for the company.

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The Cadillac Lyriq will start at less than $60,000 when it debuts in late 2022 or early 2023, Steve Carlisle, president of General Motors North America, said Wednesday.

Cadillac won't announce official pricing anytime soon, but as the brand transitions to an all-electric portfolio, the Lyriq midsize crossover and other EVs have to be able to replace its current gasoline-powered vehicles, Carlisle said at the JP Morgan Auto Conference.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Cadillac is expected to infuse the Lyriq with a host of modern technology including its hands-free Super Cruise driving system. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"We need to be in the same price zone," said Carlisle. "This car will need to be priced similar to how the industry prices midsize lux SUVs today, maybe a slight premium at the outset. It's a price that won't be high five digits. It won't start with a seven and it won't start with a six."

At that price it won't be Cadillac's priciest SUV - that will solidly be the Escalade - but it likely will be its most expensive two-row SUV. It's about the same size as the Cadillac XT5, which starts at near $45,000 and can go higher than $70,000 with all the options boxes checked.

General Motors is going all-in on battery-powered vehicles. The company recently announced a partnership with EVgo that will add 2,700 charging stations to the grid over the next several years. The first of those stations is set to go online next year.

Cadillac isn't the only arm of the Detroit-based automaker that is getting electric vehicles. The company recently outlined what's ahead for each brand. Chevy will have en electric utility vehicle coming to market in the near future and the GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV are well on their way. There are additional vehicles in the pipeline as well.

It was also recently revealed that GM CEO Mary Barra has entertained the idea of changing the company's name to better align it with their vision of the future of mobility.

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