After Jeep® Brazil released its first teaser earlier this month, the American adventure brand has now confirmed the arrival of the Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for the Brazilian market. The brand’s first PHEV for the country will be launched on April 4th, also known as 4×4 Day or “Jeep Day” to Jeepers. The Compass 4xe establishes the basis for the brand to become a reference in premium eco-friendly technology.
In a 33-second video, Jeep has revealed that the Compass 4xe will indeed be coming to Brazil. Showing what the Compass 4xe is capable of, the teaser shows the electrified Jeep in its element: nature. Passing through landscapes such as mountains and waterfalls, the Compass S 4xe in an exclusive new color shows its ability to travel through various terrain.
The Compass 4xe powertrain integrates two electric motors and an 11.4 kWh battery pack, with a fuel-efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. This architecture provides two cars in one – a battery-electric vehicle featuring an electric motor and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack on the rear axle and a conventional vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) fitted on the front axle.
Two electric motors, one of which is located on the front axle and coupled to the ICE that, in addition to working in synergy with the engine, can act as a high-voltage generator, as is necessary. The second motor is located on the rear axle and features reduction gear and integrated differential (also known as the “e-axle”). It delivers 60 horsepower and 250 Nm (or about 184 ft.-lb) of torque, generating traction and recovering energy while braking.
The Compass continues to be the #2 selling SUV in the Brazilian market, with the #1 one selling SUV being the Renegade. Jeep Brazil recently introduced an updated 2023 Jeep Renegade with revised styling. Where the Brazilian market Compass and Renegade have been manufactured in Brazil, the Compass 4xe is currently only manufactured in Italy. So with its updated changes not yet available in Europe, it makes sense that the recently updated Compass would be the first 4xe vehicle imported.
Stay tuned as we will continue to bring you all the details for the Brazilian-spec model, on Monday, April 4th. Now, we are just asking where is the North American offering?