Jeep® dealers across Italy and France are now taking orders for the new Jeep® Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe, which are the first of the brand’s electrified SUVs to be sold in the European market with plug-in hybrid technology. The iconic off-road brand has said that electrification is a fundamental step in the brand’s future and its commitment to become the leader in sophisticated environment-friendly technologies while maintaining its core values of adventure, authenticity, freedom, and passion.
Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe feature a no-compromise hybrid solution that integrates with the unparalleled technical layout of every Jeep SUV, to push capability to the next level. This is achieved through some of the most advanced technology, that combines enhanced performance (up to 240 horsepower), improved safety (four-wheel drive is always available), and low environmental impact (less than 50 g/km of CO2 in hybrid mode). Both models pair a 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine with an electric motor located between the rear wheels, which is powered by an 11.4 kWh battery that can be recharged while driving or by using an external power outlet: at home with the domestic plug, using the efficient and exclusive easyWallbox or the more advanced Connected Wallbox, or from a public charge point.
On its own, the efficient 1.3-liter turbo engine delivers a power output of 130 horsepower or 180 horsepower, plus the 60 horsepower produced by the electric motor, adding up to a total of 190 horsepower (Limited version) or 240 horsepower (Trailhawk and S). In terms of torque, the electric motor produces 250 Nm (184 ft-lb.) of torque, while the combustion engine delivers 270 Nm (199 ft-lb. of torque). The combination of an internal combustion engine and the electric unit guarantees performance and extraordinary driving pleasure: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in around 7.5 seconds, a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) in full electric, and up to 200 km/h (124 mph) in hybrid mode. Rapid response and smooth delivery ensure maximum driving pleasure.
Both Jeep 4xe models also feature three driving modes, which result from the synergy between the electric motor and the conventional engine – ‘Electric’, ‘Hybrid’, and ’E-Save’. Electric mode is ideal for city centers, Hybrid mode offers optimum system efficiency, and E-Save mode saves or charges the battery.
Additional features include specific functions for electrified driving, such as Sport Mode, which acts on engine delivery, steering calibration and the accelerator pedal, adjusting the car’s handling for a sportier performance; E-Coaching, which monitors driving style for more efficient energy management; and Smart Charging, which allows charge management from both the vehicle’s Uconnect radio or from the driver’s smartphone.
In terms of equipment, features include a new 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) color display to provide the driver with specific information on electric driving (battery charge level, range in electric, combustion engine or combined modes, power percentage, and recharge levels) and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, updated with new tabs to display power flow and driving history, set charging times, and manage eSave mode as well as the various charge settings.
A wide range of customization options is available, with up to 18 different color configurations for the Renegade and 22 for the Compass. Exterior colors include Alpine White, Glacier Metallic, Granite Crystal, Jetset Blue Metallic, Blue Shade, Sting Grey, Colorado Red, Carbon Black, and Solid Black, plus 3 specific colors for the Renegade that include Bikini and Omaha Orange (both in all trim levels except the S version) as well as Matte Green (on the Trailhawk only). An additional three colors are exclusive to the Compass – Ivory Tri-Coat, Blue Italia, and Techno Green Metallic. In addition, up to six specific wheel designs are available for the Renegade 4xe and seven for the Compass 4xe.
In terms of safety, the new 4xe models come with the most advanced Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) systems on the market, including high-visibility full LED headlights (standard or optional on Renegade depending on the model), Bi-Xenon headlights (on Compass), standard Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning Plus, Intelligent Speed Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition (on the Renegade only), and front and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include Blind Spot Detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines, automatic Park Assist, and Keyless Go. Jeep Renegade 4xe also features as standard feature the new Drowsy Driver Detection system offered for the first time in a Jeep model.
While the new Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models are exclusive to Europe, we expect to see the new electrified models to arrive in North America with the updated 2022 Jeep Compass in late 2021. The Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe join the Chinese-market Jeep Commander PHEV, as the first parts of Jeep’s global electrified portfolio.