The new Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models have been presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
Both the Renegade and Compass gain a pure electric range of approximately 31 miles and a full electric top speed of 80mph.
The electric motors work with a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. The Renegade delivers up to 240hp, and 0 to 62mph is reached in approximately seven seconds. The same figures – although still pending homologation – are achieved by the first plug-in hybrid Compass. Both models also deliver CO2 emissions lower than 50g/km.
With electrification, the Jeep range further improves its off-road capability thanks to the greater torque offered by the electric motor and the ability to adjust it with precision while driving on 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.