This week, the international media was given a chance to spend some time with the new 2022 Jeep® Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe models. It marks the first time that both electrified Renegade and Compass models were together for the first time in public. All four models mark a huge step in the electrification strategy of the Jeep brand to move to the “Zero Emission Freedom”.
“The electrification plan we started at the end of 2020 is moving on swiftly with the launch of the 4xe Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) technology on the Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler SUVs,” stated Antonella Bruno, Head of the Jeep Brand in Europe. “And today with the new Jeep Compass and Renegade e-Hybrid we add a further level of electrification to our offer, contributing to this transformation in which we strongly believe so much so that this summer the new Jeep Grand Cherokee will make its debut in its 4xe version only and the first 100% electric SUV will be launched at the beginning of 2023. Moreover, we will put an end to all traditional combustion engines in the major European markets, with the exception of Italy, by the end of 2022. It is a historic turning point for the Jeep brand and proof of our desire to continue at a steady pace towards 100% electrified freedom.”
In 2021, 1 out of 4 Jeep SUVs sold in Europe was an electrified 4xe model. With the early numbers in for the first two months of 2022, that number has improved to 1 out of 3 SUVs. Showing that the new electrified models are gaining a lot of attention with the growing European Union (E.U.) emissions regulations.
e-Hybrid Models –
With the new e-Hybrid propulsion system, Renegade and Compass offer a new alternative for the two-wheel-drive (4×2) segment. With customers’ driving habits unchanged despite the ongoing rise in fuel prices and increased emissions regulations, and now then can enjoy a genuine hybrid experience with the possibility of going into a full-electric mode during parking and low-speed driving thanks to the “EV capabilities”.
So how does it work?
First off, once in the vehicle, it silently turns on and takes off in full electric mode thanks to its Silent Start function. However, this is just one of the “EV” functions that automatically turns on in the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid. For example, Energy Recovery switches on by itself in order to get the energy back which was lost during the stages of deceleration or braking. In the former case, the e-Coasting mode activates as soon as you take your foot off the gas in order to reproduce the sensation of engine braking. On the other hand, the e-Braking function turns on when you brake in order to increase energy recovery. In the meantime, the energy recovered and power supplied is indicated on the instrument panel, and it is possible to view the hybrid system’s energy flow on the infotainment touchscreen. During all these driving modes the combustion engine is turned off and disconnected from the transmission.
Furthermore, the driving experience on board the Jeep e-Hybrid SUV makes sure that the vehicle turns back on with just the electric engine thanks to its e-Launch function. However, when you push on the gas for greater performance, the combustion engine silently turns back on, going from hybrid driving to automatic mode. And what happens if you are moving slowly through bumper-to-bumper traffic, as often happens in city driving? In this case, there is the e-Queueing mode, which allows for the vehicle to stop and go in full-electric mode, and the e-Creeping mode, which allows the vehicle to travel with the engine off by simply releasing the brake pedal. Once you are out of traffic and traveling faster, it is possible to optimize the combustion engine’s Load Point Shift through the calibration of the drive or brake torque supplied by the electric engine.
The final result sees a further increase in the system’s efficiency. Moreover, during acceleration, the e-Boosting function accentuates prompt response, as the electric engine supports the gasoline engine by increasing the torque to the wheels. When the Jeep Compass or Renegade e-Hybrid has reached their destination, it is possible to trust the e-Parking function which allows you to electrically perform the necessary movements, even in reverse, making them practical, silent, and zero-emissions even when you are using the automatic parking system.
4xe Models –
Thanks to their PHEV technology, the 4xe Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler models are the highest-performing and most fun Jeep SUVs ever. They are literally able to satisfy the well-known claim of “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”. Simultaneously, both are ideal vehicles for everyday driving in the city as their hybrid plug-in technology allows for zero-emission mobility and 50 kilometers (31 miles) of city driving in full-electric mode. Moreover, fun becomes efficient onboard the Jeep 4xe SUV, and its proverbial off-road capability balances fun driving with environmental consciousness.
Upon ignition, both models are hybrid “by default” in order to guarantee the greatest ease in use and efficiency on any road. During city driving, the 100% electric mode allows for zero-emissions driving with only the electric engine supplying traction to the rear tires. 50 kilometers is perfect for the majority of city drives and the emissions in the WLTP combined cycle are less than 50 g/km of CO2. It gets even better thanks to the ease with which it can be recharged, with a full charge taking about an hour and a half. Still, the Renegade and Compass 4xe PHEV definitely do not forget that they are unstoppable Jeep SUVs. When the road gets tough and requires greater traction, two propulsion systems on both axes get activated. This improves the off-road functions coordinated by the Select Terrain system, which has been updated for the electric 4×4 driving modes. Lastly, it should be noted that the 4xe technology ensures greater capability compared to a traditional 4×4 as the electric motor delivers 250 Nm (184 ft.-lb.) of torque almost instantaneously, which allows for the greatest control of traction and torque even at low speeds.
Introduction Of The New Upland Trim –
Both of the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe models receive a new special edition trim. Based on the top-tier “S” model, the Renegade gets exclusive 19-inch dual-tone aluminum wheels, burnished exterior finish, and automatic parking system; meanwhile, the standard equipment on the Compass include 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, body-colored fenders, black roof, an automatic tailgate, and leather seats which can be electrically adjusted for the driver. All the vehicles provide a versatile and relaxing driving experience which has been made even safer by their wide range of advanced driving-assist systems.
They are all equipped with automatic transmission, which improves the comfort of city driving and long journeys, and a full array of safety equipment which puts them at the top of their respective segments. As a matter of fact, the Compass was the first Jeep model in Europe to reach level-two autonomous driving thanks to the Highway Assist system that combines the functions of the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Centering systems. Finally, both models include next-generation Uconnect Services, which allow for the control of the vehicle functions while driving and even remotely with the My Uconnect app.
Mopar Accessories & Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) –
The Jeep Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe models can be customized thanks to a wide range of accessories from Mopar and its Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog. There are over 100 accessories that have been designed to enhance both the Renegade and Compass model’s urban and off-road souls (over 150 for the Renegade and 90 for the Compass).
Some of those accessories include hood decals, high-quality carpeting with premium floor mats, rear skid plate, Satin-Gray valve covers with the Jeep logo, luggage compartment organizer, and even a telescopic bar to help keep cargo in its place.
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