Jeep has introduced a new hybrid powertrain to the Renegade and Compass, known as the e-Hybrid.
The new engine uses a 48v mild-hybrid system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which are said to lower fuel consumption by up to 15%.
CO2 emissions range from 130-139g/km for the Renegade e-Hybrid and 133-140g/km for the Compass e-Hybrid.
Jeep says the e-Hybrid’s 20PS electric motor can proper the car from start-up, at low speeds, when cruising and in parking maneuvers. It’s paired with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, that develops 130PS.
Prices start at £31,130 for the Renegade e-Hybrid and £32,895 for the Compass e-Hybrid. Both models are front-wheel-drive.
The first vehicles expected to arrive in the UK in March.
The e-Hybrid versions will be offered alongside Jeep’s existing plug-in-hybrid 4xe range, which currently accounts for more than 25% of the brand’s total sales in Europe.
“Today’s announcement builds upon the success of our current 4xe plug-in-hybrid portfolio, and is another step towards the comprehensive electrification of our full product line-up in Europe,” said Antonella Bruno, head of Jeep Brand Europe.
“The Jeep Compass and Renegade e-Hybrid offer a new entry point into our electrified portfolio expanding our sales momentum by offering more hybrid options to more European customers. This product expansion will continue in the summer of this year with the introduction of the 4xe version of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.”
A special edition Upland model, with unique aesthetic details and the use of sustainable materials and eco-friendly paints and finishes, will be offered on the Renegade and Compass hybrid models.
It features a two-tone black roof, gloss back alloy wheels and MetaKrome bronze finishes on the front grille rings and on the rear skid plate, as well as a dedicated sticker on the bonnet.
Inside, the Upland features a headliner and floor mats made from recycled materials. It also uses SEAQUAL seats, which are made of recycled plastic removed from the ocean.
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