Jeep has confirmed technical details for its first plug-in hybrid, the Renegade PHEV.
It’ll be followed by a plug-in hybrid version of the Compass.
Autocar reports the electrified Renegade will use a 99kW rear-mounted electric motor mated to the more powerful 134kW tune of FCA’s 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
In all-wheel drive mode, there’s a total system output of 176kW, good for a 0-100km/h time of around 7.0 seconds.
Jeep has said, however, the combined output will vary between trim levels, though on all variants it’ll be between 141kW and 176kW.
The PHEV’s electric-only range is 49km, capable of reaching speeds of up to 130km/h. Jeep claims the Renegade’s CO2 emissions are lower than 50g/km under NEDC2 standards.
The Renegade PHEV swaps out the 1.3-litre’s existing nine-speed automatic transmission for a six-speed automatic. There’s also a belt-activated generator for regenerative braking.
Jeep says the hybrid system will significantly improve the Renegade’s off-road ability as the rear electric motor can precisely apportion its 258Nm of torque between each rear wheel.
As these photos reveal, the Renegade PHEV will be available in Jeep's trail-rated Trailhawk trim and Jeep says the PHEV Trailhawk can wade through water up to 60cm deep.
You can use the Hybrid selector next to the gear shift to select between Electric, Hybrid or eSave modes.
In eSave mode, the Renegade relies purely on the engine for propulsion and maintains or recharges the battery.
The addition of the electric motor hasn’t robbed the cabin of any space, though the boot does lose 15 litres of volume.
The electric motor is mounted on a modified version of the AWD Renegade’s rear subframe with the battery situated within the centre tunnel.
To make room, the fuel tank – also located under the rear seat – has been reduced in capacity from 48 litres to 39 litres.
Naturally, there's a weight penalty in opting for the PHEV, the electrified Renegade weighing 120kg more than a turbo-diesel Renegade.
It’s set to go on sale in Europe in June 2020 with the Compass following later in the summer (our winter). Jeep’s European head of product marketing, Marco Pigozzi, says the Renegade PHEV is expected to be a volume seller for the brand and will be priced ‘aggressively’.
These models will help Jeep reach the EU’s upcoming fleet-wide average emission target of 95g of C02 per kilometre. That’s equivalent to fuel consumption of 4.1L/100km.
Will the Jeep Renegade PHEV come to Australia?
We’ve contacted FCA to confirm if the plug-in hybrid and Renegade and Compass will come to Australia.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the latest updates.