Fiat Chrysler Readies For Production Of Renegade PHEV: Launch In 2020

OCT 8 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 26

Fiat Chrysler has announced that a Jeep Renegade PHEV is coming soon.

Just last week, FiatChrysler (FCA) made an official announcement that it will begin to move forward in preparation for production of a Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. According to the automaker, this is the first step in Jeep’s plan to launch some eight PHEVs between now and 2022.

FCA will invest over $10 billion into its electrification efforts throughout the course of the next five years in order to meet U.S. emissions targets and phase out diesel engines. Thus, it will be curious to see what happens if those targets happen to be lessened. However, in the meantime, it has been confirmed that at least Renegade PHEV production efforts are already underway.

According to Reuters, the Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid will hit the market near the beginning of 2020. Jeep plans to manufacture it at its Melfi plant in Italy, where the Fiat 500X is currently built. The plant will be reconfigured, employees trained on the new tech, and a new engine is in the works that will cost the company some 200 million euros to design and ready.

While we recently reported on Jeep’s plans to produce eight PHEVs by 2022, Reuters says the automaker’s full plan is to use a grand total of 12 different electrified powertrain systems by that time – which will include BEVs, PHEVs, and traditional hybrids – to be used in a total of 30 assorted vehicles.

Source: Reuters

Lead Image Credit (2019 Jeep Renegade ICE): FCA Media

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26 Comments on "Fiat Chrysler Readies For Production Of Renegade PHEV: Launch In 2020"

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Cypress

About time FCA. You may survive yet.

AER?

Will

Get brought off by Tesla. Those are the rumors

theflew

Given the direction Tesla’s stock is going they aren’t going to be buying anything.

wavelet

ROFL. Where did you see that?
Tesla is in no shape to buy anything or anybody… Even if it were, what would Tesla do with the plants, employees or intellectual property of any ICE carmaker, let alone one of the ones least along in its EV-adoption process, that has a large amount of debt?

Brian

Keep Jeep and sell the rest.

wavelet

And who do you think would buy Fiat or Chrysler without Jeep? The vast majority of cprporate mergers and acquisitions are total failures. That was true of DaimlerChrysler, it’s already clearly true of Fiat-Chrysler.
Again, what would Tesla (or any electric-focused manufacturer) do with Jeep’s plants, employees or IP?

scott

PHEV’s are a joke.

Speculawyer

It’s the only way to electrify large consumer vehicles and have them be affordable.

At least for now….that may change as battery prices drop.

Cypress

It’s no joke that my Pacifica Hybrid gets 33miles EV range. No joke that we drive most days on all-electric, and after 4000 miles, about 85% of those are electric. We can seat 7. Or 4 with enough stuff for a week of camping and canoeing. No joke that even With a canoe on the roof, we were getting 30mpg once it was in Hybrid mode.

Let me know when I can get a BEV minivan for under $40k with 300miles range.

Bill Howland

Point taken – the Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid is HUGE – at least by EV standards. It is the perfect Family-Sized Electric for not much Coin.

Also, there are no real infrastructure requirements beyond what commonly exist everywhere.

Robert Weekley

Your Pacifica Hybrid starts at abou $52,000 here in Canada, simply due to a fraud called “Exchange Rates”, though! So, not Under $40K!

Maybe someday again, it will be back on par to US$, like it was not so long ago (since ~ 2010-2012 ish)!

Viking79

You are right, the 1000 gallons of gas I have saved driving my Clarity PHEV vs my Quest in less than 1 year are a figment of my imagination. Yes, a Model 3 would have saved me another 200 gallons, but can’t joke about the fuel savings from PHEVs.

PHEVs make a lot of sense with high li-ion prices, but I think they won’t make as much sense with cheap battery prices and good charging infrastructure. However, a mix for a decade or 3 will save fuel while the electric infrastructure builds out.

Milfan

Clarity Plugin has 48 mile electric range and that’s why you saved 1000 gallons of gas.
But the plugins from Benz & BMW could have saved only 1/3 that with their 14 mile range.

If you frequently drive 100 – 300 miles, then Tesla comes into picture, otherwise Volt/Clarity/Pacifica-plugin can do the job.

Viking79

Fair enough, but it could still save a lot of gas. Like 4000 or 5000 miles a year, especially people that might not otherwise buy a BEV. Also, the Clarity gets over 40 mpg on gas (even driving 75-80 mph I get around 40 mpg).

G2

Well, hybrids are the gateway drug to full BEV ownership.

David Murray

I hope they design it with the purpose of being a desirable Jeep that people would actually want to choose over the regular model, rather than just a compliance car to meet some regulation.

Kdawg

And future-proof it for a BEV version.

Speculawyer

The German physicist Max Planck said that science advances one funeral at a time. Or more precisely: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Will

Wow that’s was quick compare to GM. Still waiting for a Phev suv from GM

Viking79

Exactly!

Kdawg

I’m hoping the Buick Enspire shows up soon too.

wavelet

Not really an SUV by the established usage (and that’s a good thing) — simply a no-nonsense compact 4×4. Unfortunately it’s one of the very few normal-sized 4×4 vehicles the US public is likely to accept, regardless of drivetrain.
There a reason why the Suzuki Jimny / SX4 / Ignis, Daihatsu Terios, Fiat Panda 4×4 aren’t sold in the US.

Milfan

Ex-boss of Jeep is the current chief of FCA and he knows that the survival of Jeep depends on electrification.
And he has started electrification right away. Earlier he signaled that Chrysler Portal electric will go to production.
Good job Mr. Michael Manley.
We are counting on you.

BTW, the Jeep Wrangler and RAM 1500 has mild hybrid which is anemic for this forum, but better than pure gasmobiles.

Dan B.

Jeep is coming out with a plug-in Wrangler January 2020.

Dave S.

I swore off Chrysler vehicles 15 years ago. Two of the worst quality vehicles I’ve ever owned. I’d love to have a plug-in cuv, but I’ll wait for another manufacturer to make one.

Nuno

I just wish and hope that FCA could offer in a near future the Pacifica Hybrid with a smaller turbo engine for the european market instead of the V6.