The car can run in pure EV mode with electric power sent to the rear wheels, in pure petrol mode with drive to the front wheels and as a petrol hybrid with the generator assisting the engine. In all-wheel drive mode, there’s a total of 237bhp shared between all four wheels, allowing it to achieve a 0-62mph time of around seven seconds. It will also be possible to put the battery on ‘hold’ so it can be used when arriving in city centres at the end of a journey.
Jeep is also promising a significant improvement in off-road ability because the rear electric motor offers a very precisely controlled 191 lb ft of torque that can be split between each rear wheel. There will also be a ‘TrailRated’ version of this Renegade that will be able to wade through water that’s up to 60cm deep.
Pigozzi says that the intention was to create this plug-in version without compromising interior room and that no space has been lost in the rear cabin, while the boot floor did not need to be raised. The main change was the loss of 15 litres in the boot because some of the electronic control systems are mounted on the boot wall.
Interestingly, this PHEV only weighs 120kg more than the diesel Renegade, an important factory when considering high-speed economy. The Renegade PHEV will be launched in early 2020, with the electrified Compass due to follow that summer to coincide with its production switching from Mexico to Italy.
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