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Plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade, Compass deliver 50 kilometres of electric-only range

7 Mar 2019

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed new Jeep Renegade and Compass SUVs with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology combined with a new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Both vehicles deliver a driving range of 50 kilometres and a top speed of 130km/h with the electric motors alone, and combined CO2 emissions are rated at lower than 50g/km.
Battery specifications have yet to be revealed, however the PHEVs can be charged using the combustion engine, or via a plug-in charging cable.
FCA says the Renegade delivers between 141kW and 180kW of power for a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 7.0 seconds, while the Compass is confirmed to produce 180kW.
In keeping with Jeep’s tradition, the SUV models promise greater off-road capability with the electric motor providing extra torque at low speeds.
The electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD) negates the need for a prop shaft, allowing for torque to be independently distributed between the front and rear axles.
Driving and battery data is displayed on a dedicated instrument cluster and infotainment screen.
FCA has not revealed timing, pricing or availability for any market, though initial deliveries are expected to start in 2020.
This is part of FCA’s electrification strategy which will see the launch of 12 electric propulsion systems including battery electric, plug-in hybrid, full hybrid and mild hybrid systems, resulting in 30 different models offering an electrified powertrain option.
“While being loyal to its mindset of overcoming any limit, the Jeep brand continues to evolve, to develop and to bring its SUVs to the next level in line with its core values of freedom, authenticity and passion,” a statement from FCA reads.
“Behind the wheel of Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass featuring PHEV technology, driving fun becomes efficient and, for the first time, it will be possible to tackle the most extreme off-road trails not only in the utmost safety but also while listening to the sounds of nature.”
Last year, FCA Australia sold 1329 Compass units for an 829.4 per cent improvement year-to-year.
The rapid increase in sales is primarily due to the fact that Jeep launched a significantly updated version of the Compass in late 2017.
Meanwhile, the Renegade did not fare so well in 2018, with just 163 units registered for a 76.8 per cent decline.
The current Jeep Compass range kicks off at $28,850 plus on-road costs for the base Sport FWD, up to $44,750 for the range-topping Trailhawk AWD, while the Renegade line-up is priced from $26,290 up to $40,290.

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