A few weeks back the Jeep® brand launched the new “4xe” nameplate for its lineup of electrified models at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now the brand has released information on the first two vehicles to go into production with the new nameplate, including the first edition of both vehicles for the EMEA region.
Last week, Jeep launched a dedicated website opened to select European markets for the new Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass 4xe before they go on sale later this year. The two 4xe models are the first Jeep models with Plug-in Hybrid electric technology available in the EMEA region. The dedicated website allows customers to reserve a limited-edition “First Edition” of either model.
The Renegade and Compass 4xe First Edition will be offered in two different configurations (depending on the market) based on the top-of-the-range trims: Urban, based on the S trim and Off-Road, based on the Trailhawk trim. With both configurations, the exclusive First Edition launch model will include comprehensive technological and driving assistance features as standard, along with a full package of home and public recharging solutions.
With both configurations, the exclusive First Edition launch model will include comprehensive technological and driving assistance features as standard, along with a full package of home and public recharging solutions. The overall power is 240 horsepower, with an increase in torque’s output up to 50% (versus the diesel Trailhawk with 170 horsepower), resulting from the combination of the 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine with automatic transmission driving the front axle, and the electric engine running the rear wheels.
The electric unit is powered by a battery which is rechargeable while driving or from an external outlet: at home, using a domestic charging unit with the associated cable and the efficient Wallbox included in the First Edition pack; or at a public recharging point, with the specific mode 3 cable, also provided with the First Edition pack. The combination of internal combustion engine and the electric unit guarantee performance and extraordinary driving pleasure: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in about seven seconds, CO2 emissions lower than 50 g/km (NEDC2) and a maximum speed of 130 km/h (about 81 mph) in electric mode only, which reaches 200 km/h or about (124 mph) when in hybrid mode.
The Urban models feature a sporty look and a top-level trim in terms of elegance, content and technological equipment; the Trailhawk models deliver benchmark “Trail-Rated” 4×4 capability, courtesy of the specific standard equipment designed for customers who require the best in terms of off-road performance.
Along with the exclusive First Edition badging, the new Renegade and Compass 4xe First Edition include 19-Inch aluminum wheels for the Urban models and 17-Inch aluminum wheels for the Off-Road variant, high visibility headlights (Full LED on Renegade, Bi-Xenon on Compass), Uconnect NAV with 8.4-Inch touchscreen, smartphone integration and advanced onboard connectivity (as managing the recharge from the radio and also from the smartphone); 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display with all driving information as battery charge level, range (electric and hybrid); Blind Spot, Rear Camera, Park Assist, Parking sensors, Keyless Go with Passive entry; power mirrors; Cable mode 3 for Public charging, and other features specific for each model.
Five exterior colors will be available on the limited-edition First Edition models. They include Carbon Black, Alpine White, Granite Crystal Metallic, Blue Shade, and Sting-Gray.
The Jeep Renegade and Compass 4xe First Edition models will include a 5-year vehicle and an 8-year battery warranty and will be available in a specific launch pack including home charging solutions via the Hybrid Wallbox. This will provide owners with a “Plug & Play” solution, including charging power up to 3 kW and 3.5-hour charging time. This solution will also offer the chance to increase charging speed and reduce the time to 100 minutes by upgrading charging power to 7.4 kW while maintaining the same hardware. For the commercial launch, four trim levels, Longitude (known as Latitude in North America), Limited, S, and Trailhawk, will join the exclusive “First Edition” and will complete the Renegade and Compass 4xe lineup.
Thanks to the plug-in hybrid electric technology, CO2 emissions are lower than 50 g/km in hybrid mode, and range is 50 kilometers in pure electric mode, with no driver input required. The Renegade and Compass 4xe will be more environmentally friendly with 100% of the Renegade underbody will be made of recycled plastic, with 40% of the fuel tank made of recycled materials.