Jeep announces Renegade and Compass PHEVs
06 March 2019
Author: Sean Keywood
Jeep is to introduce plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of its Renegade and Compass SUVs.
Both will be powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor.
Jeep says they will be capable of driving up to 31 miles on the battery alone, with a top pure-electric speed of 80mph.
In the Renegade, the powertrain will have a combined power output of either 190hp or 240hp, while the Compass will only come with the 240hp version.
Jeep claims CO2 emissions figures will be less than 50g/km.
Both models will be four-wheel drive, with the electric motor sending power to the rear wheels.
Jeep says this setup allows the two axles to be separated and for torque to be controlled in a more efficient way than with a mechanical system.
The new PHEVs will also feature a dedicated instrument cluster and infotainment screen, featuring information specific to hybrid driving.
UK market details and full specs are yet to be announced.