The continuous evolution of the Jeep® brand. As they announce and preview the new Jeep plug-in hybrid Renegade.

So with the new plug-in hybrid electric PHEV all bets are off. The technology steps up the values of the Jeep brand: on one hand, applied to the Trailhawk version. Therefore it further its off-road performance. As well as on the other hand it enhances the Jeep range during everyday use.

Back in February 26, 2019 FCA announced plans to invest a total of $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants. That’s also to work with the city of Detroit and state of Michigan. That was on building a new assembly plant within city limits. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs.

For the first time, it also comes with two useful features for everyday driving. That’s Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Turin, 30 May 2019

Today, the Jeep brand is taking another step forward, along a relentless pathway of electrification. All which integrates with the unrivaled technical layout of every Jeep SUV. As well as makes Jeep Renegade a vehicle of absolute freedom. Therefore it’s capable of taking its qualities to a higher level through one of the most advanced eco-friendly technologies.

For Jeep®, 2019 is the year of an evolution that keeps faith with the core values of the Jeep® brand, as its presence at the Salone dell’Auto in Turin confirms: visitors to the Parco del Valentino will be able to admire the new plug-in hybrid Renegade and Compass. All while listening to the sounds of the natural world around them.

This is why the attractive setting of Turin’s biggest city park. It is the ideal location for appreciating these two models’ special qualities.

FCA announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to convert the two plants. Plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for the next generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee. As well as plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. Thereby adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. It was part of a $4.5 billion investment announcement that will also impact five existing Michigan facilities. In total, the proposed projects will create nearly 6,500 new jobs.

International on-road debut of the New Jeep® Renegade Plug-In Hybrid

The Turin event marks the very first on-road appearance of Renegade with plug-in hybrid technology. The new SUV will set off from Piazza Vittorio Veneto and parade around the city Centre circuit, giving spectators a chance to realize how quiet it really is. In fact, both Renegade and Compass are extremely respectful of the environment, with CO2 emissions lower than 31.1 miles all electric. As well as fun to drive.

Especially courtesy of fast engine response and smooth acceleration. They are fitted with plug-in hybrid propulsion systems, and batteries. Batteries which can be recharged by the internal combustion engine or from an external power outlet.

Furthermore as a consequence, it can store an impressive amount of electric energy. This choice allows for the use of more powerful electric motors, which translate into a pure electric range of approximately 31.1 miles and about 81 miles per hour of all electric top speed for both Renegade and Compass. That’s before gas kicks in!

Jeep plug-in hybrid

The electric units work in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo gas engines to increase efficiency and power overall. So therefore combined action of the two propulsion systems are gas and electric. Combined it produces up to 240 hp.

The off-road benefits of hybrid propulsion

Above all, thanks to electrification, the Jeep range is further improving its legendary capability. As we know, courtesy of the high torque. All with an electric motor and the ability to adjust it with extreme precision during take-off. As well as and while driving on the most challenging terrain. Even when a very low transmission ratio is needed. Thanks to the new electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD). The traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft but through a dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and to control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

So $1.6 billion investment converting the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex. Converting into the future assembly site for the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. Thereby adding 3,850 new jobs to support production.

New Renegade and Compass PHEV power and Range

In the spotlight at the Jeep stand in Geneva, these new plug-in hybrid models are equipped with batteries that are rechargeable from an external power outlet and, as a consequence, can store more electric energy. This choice allows for the use of more powerful electric motors, which translate into a pure electric range of approximately 50 kilometers and about 130 km/h full electric top speed for both Renegade and Compass.

The electric units work in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine to increase efficiency and power overall. For the Renegade, the power sits in the 190 and 240 hp range resulting in outstanding on-road performance: 0-100 km/h is reached in approximately seven seconds. The same figures – although still pending homologation. They are achieving the first plug-in hybrid Compass.  Also, on the Compass, the simultaneous action of the internal combustion engine (ICE) and the electric motor delivers up to 240 hp of maximum power.

In addition, the new Jeep SUVs with plug-in hybrid technology are more fun to drive courtesy of improved acceleration and fast engine response. They are also extremely quiet and respectful of the environment with CO2 emissions lower than 50 g/km.

But above all, thanks to electrification, the Jeep range further improves its legendary off-road capability, courtesy of the greater torque offered by the electric motor and the ability to adjust it with extreme precision during take-off and while driving on the most challenging terrain, where a very low transmission ratio is needed.

Thanks to the new electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD), traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft but through a dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and to control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

So the Renegade and Compass PHEVs featuring a dedicated instrument cluster and infotainment screen. It’s updated in order to help the customer with information related to daily hybrid driving.

All while being loyal to its mindset of overcoming any limit. Therefore the Jeep brand continues to evolve and to develop /bring its SUVs to the next level. Next level in line with its core values of freedom, authenticity and passion. Today as a consequence the brand is embracing a new challenge and setting new standards. Behind the wheel of Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass featuring PHEV technology, driving fun becomes efficient. More noteworthy and for the first time, it will be possible to tackle the most extreme off-road trails. Meaning not only in the utmost safety but also while listening to the sounds of nature.

Turin, 5 March 2019