- Jeep 4xe models to be equipped with 240-hp plug-in hybrid powertrains
- All Jeep models to offer electrified powertrain option by 2022
- First Edition models of Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe on sale in Europe this summer
Back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jeep announced three plug-in hybrid models, all wearing the new Jeep 4xe badge. In addition to showing off the PHEV Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade, the brand announced that all its models will offer an electrified powertrain by 2022.
Initially, the Jeep Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe will go on sale in various countries across Europe this year, including Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. In addition, buyers in these markets will be able to get their hands on the Jeep 4xe First Edition models.
On Jeep’s local websites for each of these countries, a dedicated section will be accessible for people to sign up and purchase a First Edition model before March 9. Two configurations will be available is most of those markets: the Urban that’s based on the S trim, and the Off-road that’s based on the Trailhawk.
Some design distinctions are in store for the Jeep 4xe models, such as unique 19-inch alloy wheels for the Urban and 17-inchers for the Off-road. The Renegade will get full LED headlights, while the Compass will obtain bi-xenon units, and both will include the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system. Owners will be able to schedule charging through the Uconnect touchscreen or with a smartphone application.
The Jeep 4xe First Edition variants of the Compass and Renegade will be loaded with technological and driving assistance features as standard, along with home and public charging solutions. The plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine connected to the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor feeding the rear wheels and a small battery pack of yet-undisclosed capacity. Output is rated at up to 240 horsepower and up to about 385 pound-feet of torque.
The company says these two battery-electric Jeep 4xe SUVs will boast a maximum driving range of 50 kilometres—by optimistic European test procedures—and scoot from 0 to 100 km/h in around seven seconds. Top speed in full EV mode is limited to 130 km/h, but the vehicles will be able to reach 200 clicks in hybrid mode. In addition to the two aforementioned drive modes, there will also be an E-save setting to preserve the battery in less-efficient driving conditions, such as on the highway.
Five exterior colours will be offered on the Jeep 4xe First Edition models: Carbon Black, Alpine White, Granite Crystal Metallic, Blue Shade and Sting Grey.
In addition to the First Edition models, four other trim levels will be available with the plug-in hybrid powertrain, including Longitude, Limited, S and Trailhawk—although these are obviously European specs. Details of the North American versions of the Jeep 4xe Compass and Renegade, in addition to the Jeep Wrangler who powertrain will likely be different, will be announced at the upcoming New York Auto Show in April.