Featured at the Geneva Motor Show, Jeep will offer plug-in versions of the Renegade and Compass crossovers. The 1.3-liter turbo engine and powertrain give the models electrified AWD, or e-AWD. The hybrid boost solidifies the performance in the crossover. The horsepower jumps from 190 to 240 hp, aiding the Renegade and Compass PHEV to reach 62 mph in 7 seconds. The hybrids get a 31 mile range in full electric mode, with a top speed just over 80 mph.
The gas engine will propel the front wheels and the electric motor powers the rear axles delivering traction and all-wheel drive capability. The AWD system works with a motor rather than a prop shaft, allowing for separation of the two axles to control torque more effectively than a mechanical system. On the interior, the instrument panel will have a touch screen and gauges designed to communicate details regarding the improved fuel economy of the hybrid powertrain.
The Jeep Compass and the Renegade are the best-selling models in Europe, with sales growth up 56% in 2017. The Compass and Renegade will beat the Wrangler to the plug-in option, but the Wrangler is already offered with the 2.0-liter I4 eTorque engine. That option gives a significant bump in fuel efficiency. Jeep has effectively embraced this shift in hybrid-style production, and will continue to offer these technologies as the cost for electrification options decline.
FCA did not disclose specific pricing or a production timing for the Renegade PHEV and Compass PHEV. Last October, FCA officials said the Renegade PHEV would be available in early 2020.
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