In this week’s Ask Nathan:
- Love (and hate) the little electric Jeep!
- New Toyota Sequoia vs Chevrolet Tahoe?
- Long-term Ford Maverick reliability?
The first set of questions and comments come from YouTube’s response to our “surprise reveal” video of the electric baby Jeep. By the way, I call it the electric baby Jeep, because Stellantis hasn’t given us an official name yet.
Q: (Published on YouTube) So I just saw this “baby electric Jeep” vehicle and I was very excited about it. I was hoping maybe this was a prelude to what the next Jeep Cherokee was going to look like.
(Corn) I’m also happy to see that this is their first EV, it looks like a cross between the Renegade and the Compass. – Harry Eldridge
This looks to be built potentially on the same platform as the Opel/Vauxhall/Peugoet/Citroen – Mokka, DS3, C4, etc which would be incredible to see the 4WD system installed in a Mokka! I’ve long wanted an off-road-ready Mokka! All of these models are currently available as an electric-only version, which adds that’s the rig! And I work for the Vauxhall factory in Luton (UK) which builds the Vivaro. – Bradderz Tekkerz
If this ends up being the first Jeep BEV, it will be very sad. The Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is a much better Jeep, much easier to pull off, and likely to outsell this concept in far greater numbers. If you’re making the first Jeep BEV, it better be a Jeep, not a monocoque independent suspension having a European CUV with a Jeep badge. If they made a stock Jeep Wrangler Magneto with over 75 miles of range and straight axles front and rear, I would pre-order one tomorrow. I wouldn’t touch this thing with a 10 foot pole. – MrLM002
I know you have to promote the vehicles for the manufacturer, however, this does not…. – regular guy
All you do is report on electric cars! Nobody cares! – Korea EM1
A: Yes, there seem to be plenty of pros and cons with the upcoming baby electric Jeep. We don’t have much to do; however, there are some things we can talk about.
It’s the first of their all-electric vehicles, not the last: Some comments suggested they would prefer an all-electric Jeep Wrangler. Well, in July 2021 Jeep teased the Jeep Wrangler Freedom – which appeared to be a BEV Wrangler. It was a mockup based on the Jeep Magneto prototype, which is an actual BEV Wrangler, so it appears to be legit. We just don’t know exactly when that will happen.
I think the platform will be new: I don’t think it uses the PSA/Stellantis CMP platform. The upcoming STLA Small platform is built on new technology and features a battery that Stellantis says will have a range of up to 300 miles. STLA platforms can be front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and will support everything from Alfa Romeos to Rams.
For those of you who think we cover electrification too often… it’s NEWS! If they offered a car that ran on baby oil and tobacco, we’d cover it. Right now, automakers are working hard to meet electrification mandates. This mad rush is changing the automotive landscape – worldwide. We don’t make the news, we cover it.
We don’t know if we’ll see this electric baby Jeep at Jeep Safari Easter 2022, but…
Yes, right now we have some teased images that you can see here. It’s possible he’ll show up at the 2022 New York Auto Show as well. At the moment, there’s nothing but crickets coming from Jeep PR about this little guy.
We will keep an eye on this story.
The next question comes from a fan who wants to know whether to wait for the upcoming 2023 Toyota Sequoia or go for a 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Q:(Via: [email protected]) Hello Nathan my friend!
2022 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 or 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD, buy now or wait until next year? GO AHEAD!
A: I can only give you my perspective on the vehicles I have driven; however, I have added a video with lots of information about Sequoia.
These two SUVs really compete with each other, but given that we haven’t driven the Sequoia, we can only assume a few things. I’d rather not guess when it comes to an expensive purchase like this, so it would be best to wait at least until you can test both.
One of the big differences is the powertrain. The Sequoia comes with one choice, a twin-turbo V6 hybrid. It’s a 3.5-liter that develops 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It has a solid rear axle and shares many components with the new Tundra. You can read the details in this article. We don’t know the price, but insiders believe it will be between $40,000 and $50,000. Obviously, the Capstone variant will be even more expensive.
Toyota announces that the 2023 Sequoia will go on sale this summer. According to Toyota, the Sequoia is rated to tow up to 9,000 pounds. The maximum towing capacity of the Z71-equipped Tahoe is 7,700 pounds.
To compete with the Toyota, the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 would need the mighty 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’s bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It has independent rear suspension and may have the advantage with certain interior numbers, but Toyota has yet to release its official internal specs.
Unfortunately, the stellar GM 3.0-liter I6 turbodiesel is not available for the Z71 version. The 355-hp 5.3-liter V8 will save you thousands of dollars, but it can’t match the numbers of this Toyota hybrid. As such, the Z71 package, with the 6.2-liter V8 departures at around $71,000.
Don’t get me wrong: the Tahoe Z71 is exceptional in many ways, but for that much dough, you have to wait until this summer and drive both trucks side by side. I suspect this comparison will be epic!
The final question is about the new Ford Maverick and its long-term reliability.
(Via: [email protected]) Hi Nathan, I wanted to ask another question about the Ford Maverick.
You have driven several and tested them more than anyone on the net. What do you think of their long-term reliability? I have had good and bad experiences with Ford in the past.
A: That’s a good question, but I can’t fully answer because the Ford Maverick is brand new.
First off, there are three types of Maverick: hybrid, front-wheel-drive (FWD) turbo, and all-wheel-drive (AWD) turbo. Some “experts” believe that the FWD turbo Maverick will have the best reliability. Others believe that Ford’s past experiences with hybrids, coupled with their 8-year/100,000-mile hybrid system warranty, illustrate their confidence in the powertrain.
In December 2021, Ford issued a recall for the Maverick regarding a possible fuel tank issue. You can read about this reminder (here). Electrical issues have also been reported. You have to remember that this is the first year of production amid severe supply and labor issues. As such, I would recommend waiting until at least the second (or third) year to receive a vehicle with all bugs fixed.
I think by late fall 2022 we should have a pretty good idea of how the Maverick is holding up.