The Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 26 miles, economy of 123-134mpg, and emissions of less than 50g/km of CO2 in hybrid mode. With two electric motors featuring ‘Powerloop’, all-wheel drive is always available.
The Renegade 4xe – the first electrified Jeep model to reach the UK – has a 11.4 kWh battery paired with a 60hp electric motor, and costs from £32,600.
Jeep says that the increased torque generated by the electric motor and the ability to adjust it with precision ensures even greater four-wheel-drive capability.
The Renegade 4xe features a new six-speed automatic transmission selector, updated Selec-Terrain rotary control with eAWD modes (4WD Lock, 4WD Low, Hill Descent Control) to engage the different driving modes – Auto, Snow, Mud & Sand, and Rock – including the new Sport mode for enhanced throttle response and steering.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe pairs a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with two electric motors, one of which is located on the front axle and coupled to the internal combustion engine. In addition to working with the engine, it can act as a high-voltage generator. The second motor, located on the rear axle, is powered by an 11.4 kWh battery, located underneath the rear seats, and features reduction gear and integrated differential (e-axle). It delivers 60hp and 250Nm of torque, generating traction and recovering energy while braking.
On its own, the 1.3-litre turbo engine delivers a power output of 130hp or 180hp, plus the 60hp produced by the electric motor, giving a total of 190hp in the Longitude and Limited version or 240hp in the Trailhawk model. In terms of torque, the electric motor produces 250Nm, while the combustion engine delivers 270Nm.
Acceleration from zero to 62mph takes around 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 81mph in full electric and up to 124mph in hybrid mode. There are three operating modes – Hybrid, Electric and E-Save – the later includes Battery Save and Battery Charge.
The Jeep Active Drive Low system, fitted on all Renegade 4xe trims, is a new plug-in hybrid technology which enhances its off-road capability, with the combination of the two propulsion systems resulting in more torque. Trailhawk 4xe, for example, the specialist off-road trim with 240hp – boasts an increase in torque output up to 50% versus the 170hp diesel Trailhawk model. Thanks to the new 4xe technology, 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 control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system, with traction being delivered to the rear wheels immediately when needed.
Jeep Active Drive Low is paired with the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five driving modes. Selec-Terrain includes Hill Descent Control. By using Selec-Terrain, the driver can choose Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock (Trailhawk versions only, and only available when 4WD Low mode is engaged).
4WD Lock permanently engages the four-wheel drive at speeds up to 9mph, keeping the rear electric motor constantly running to provide 4×4 traction at low speeds with a constant distribution of torque between the two axles (the distribution ratio varies depending on the selected Terrain mode).
At speeds above 9mph, AWD becomes on-demand. Compared to a conventional mechanical AWD system, the response speed of the rear electric motor allows faster engagement.
The full functionality of the 4xe four-wheel drive is guaranteed by the ’Powerlooping‘ function when the battery charge level is low. This ensures that the front electric motor, mechanically connected to the internal combustion engine, continuously generates high-voltage current to power the rear electric motor and deliver maximum traction regardless of the state of charge of the battery.
For off-road driving, HYBRID 4×4 mode can be selected and the system will automatically operate both drive systems on both axles. 4WD Low mode can also be selected to optimise response on sandy or rocky terrain or 4WD Lock to maintain permanent 4×4 traction up to 9mph and select from the four-mode (five on the Trailhawk) Selec-Terrain traction control system.
All high-voltage electronic components, including the control modules and the wiring between the battery pack and electric motors, are fully sealed and waterproof. As a result, the Renegade 4xe has a water fording capability of up to 40cm.
The Trailhawk version is also fitted with steel skid plates for added protection when driving on rough terrain, as well as benchmark angles in its category (approach angle of 28 degrees, departure angle of 28 degrees, breakover angle of 18 degrees, ground clearance of 20.1 cm on Renegade Trailhawk; oversized wheels and tyres (17-inch 235/55R17 M+S w/Snow Flake).
The Renegade 4xe can recharge at home with up to 2.3 kW of charging power in less than 5 hours, with no need for professional installation. The easyWallbox can be upgraded to 7.4 kW, providing a full charge at home in less than two hours.
In partnership with Digital Charging Solutions (DCS), customers who choose the Jeep Renegade 4xe will have access to My easy Charge, a digital service providing access to the largest public charging network in the world, managed by DCS. A dedicated app and a single card will offer access to more than 130,000 charging stations in 21 European countries.
Available in a choice of three trim levels and two power outputs, the Renegade 4xe is in showrooms now with prices starting from £32,600.
The new Jeep Renegade 4xe line-up includes three trim levels – Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk – all featuring four-wheel-drive (eAWD) and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe is in showrooms in the UK now, priced from £32,600 for a Jeep Renegade 4xe Longitude, £34,500 for a Renegade 4xe Limited and £36,500 for the Renegade 4xe Trailhawk.