Jeep Renegade, Compass PHEVs May Head To U.S. If There’s Demand

MAR 6 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 21

Jeep is reportedly bringing these PHEVs to market, but not in the U.S.

Another sad day for U.S. plug-in car enthusiasts. As we previously shared, Jeep has plans for Renegade and Compass PHEVs. That is, for the European market. However, according to Automotive News, there’s a solid chance they could grace our shores here in the U.S., as long as demand makes it so.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles European chief Piero Gorlier has actually stated that the automaker could bring these upcoming PHEVs to the U.S. if there’s notable demand. How does one prove sufficient demand if a car is actually unavailable here? No one really knows the answer to that question. Clearly, Jeep would have to listen to requests from EV shoppers and closely watch forums to get a solid idea about where demand falls.

If it all plays out accordingly, Jeep will soon launch its first plug-in hybrid offerings. The concepts have already been discussed publicly and revealed to the public. However, they’re both advertised as European models.

According to Jeep, the Renegade will come first, with production beginning this year. Head of Jeep for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa shared that the Compass PHEV will come later, in early 2020.

Per Automotive News:

Both the Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrids will have an electric motor coupled with a gasoline engine, starting with the four-cylinder, 1.3-liter engine launched in 2018. In full electric mode both will offer a 50-km (31-mile) range with a top speed of 130 kph (81 mph).

The Renegade power output will range from 187 hp to 236 hp, depending on the gasoline engine. It will accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 7 seconds.

Both variants will be built in FCA’s Melfi plant in Italy, at least initially.

Despite the fact that Jeep’s products as a whole — aside from the Grand Cherokee — receive horrendous ratings across the board, they’re hugely popular. So offering an electrified powertrain in these products could really push adoption.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to share with us in the comment section below.

Source: Automotive News

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21 Comments on "Jeep Renegade, Compass PHEVs May Head To U.S. If There’s Demand"

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These should literally be the only models sold. Anywhere and everywhere.

Ah yes the least popular jeep models not to mention the ones that are naturally POS’S by default should be the only ones they sell do you not get how dumb that sounds? inevitably I know these will have masses of issues since muh compass/renegade reliability, now the Grand/standard cherokee and wranglers would be the better options atm since they are not plagued with issues(at least serious one that i am aware of) and people genuinely want to buy them . But either way those are going to become hybrids , the gladiator would have to stay ICE (since its a pickup, pickups should stay ICE due to the purpose filled by them). thank god they won’t completely be EV’s because I would like to be able to use my car when it gets cold without thinking the batter will randomly commit seppuku

I would absolutely love a PHEV Grand Cherokee or even Cherokee.

The reason I bought Jeep was for family trips to the lake, times where I need to tow or move large things, and as an assurance during snow storms on the highway. That said, I take it to work every day, which is a short commute. Being able to have it meet my city needs on all electric and my long trips/emergency abilities would make a PHEV of this model perfect for me.

A great way to get “big truck North Americans” to see what electric is all about.

”If there’s demand” as if there has been a long absence in CARB emissions regulations.

Perhaps FCA’s strategy is to game the USA Federal EV Tax Credit by allowing the 200k untit cap to fully run out (including the phase out period) for competing car makers before selling EVs in USA.?

Something I’ve never liked about the current USA EV Federal Tax Credit is that it operates in a way that arguably rewards those car makers that are EV laggards.

I’d prefer to see the 200k cap eliminated completely with a phase-out schedule that is same for everyone. That would create a use-it-or-lose-it situation and incentivize car makers to sell more EVs sooner rather than being concerned about running out their 200k cap.

Strongly agree. The current law, which is a near-perfect example of how not to write such legislation, incentivizes last movers — exactly what we didn’t want.

If you want to get creative, try something like this: Add 10 cents/gallon to the gasoline tax, and then refund that amount to EV purchasers/leasers the following year on an equal basis. In the US, that revenue would be about $14 billion. Think that pot of money would move some EVs? And the whole thing would be self-financing.

said: “… Add 10 cents/gallon to the gasoline tax, and then refund that amount to EV purchasers/leasers the following year on an equal basis…”
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Whatever the tax scheme may be…

Same as Chines government is doing, American politicians should view EV adoption as a National Energy Security & Nationa Health (air quality) topic that directly impacts *all* Americans and legislate accordingly.

Should have been the other way around… the first 1 million cars get the Tax Credit, regardless of what manufacturer makes them. That creates a race to sell the most first.

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Also, the 200k EV cap often results in car makers stacking/constraining EV inventory availability to ZEV states.

The belief about “rewarding laggards” is another way of stating upset about punishing automakers who squandered their opportunity. Watch out for that group-think spin. Here’s what was overlooked as a result of such greenwash: GM should have used their 200,000 for changing their own fleet to attract their own customers, rather than wasting effort on conquest sales. The unlimited phaseout period could have been a boom for them. Look at how much was saw Tesla strive to do exactly that, taking full advantage by seriously ramping up production for that time period. The result is continued opportunity for Tesla and the halting of production for GM. Imagine if GM had instead used Volt as the demonstrator of their technology by rolling it out in limited numbers, then saved the bulk of their tax-credit allocation for a plug-in hybrid Equinox. Imagine how effective that use of “reward” would have been. Even though GM would also be treated as a “laggard” automaker, the money would have been put to good us by helping convert GM’s own fleet of guzzlers to being electrified. In other words, forcing all automakers to follow the same schedule would have encouraged sloppy design and taking shortcuts. When… Read more »

How do you find out if there is demand if you do not bring them to market?

Listen to your dealers?

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So much this. Sounds like a Catch 22.

That sure is Toyota’s method. 🙄

Toyota has sold over 100,000 Plug-ins

Technically, the dealers are their customers, not us. And you can see why that is going to be a problem for the legacy brands…

“If there is demand” lol

America. Fast becoming an automotive backwater. Thank $deity for Elon and Mary Nichols.

I sure those models come and preferably built in the US. I have a Volt now but someday will need a new plug-in EV like the Volt.

Its better to jump in and sell instead of thinking forever.

Fiat Chrysler is talking with PSA which owns Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxall makes. This will certainly create the world’s largest automaker, but what will happen to Chrysler’s 2 models (Pacifica & 300) and those from Dodge.

I think the PHEV Wrangler is what is needed for the US market anyways. Jeep should focus on that first. The Wrangler outsold both the Renegade and Compass.

Jeep sold 240,000 Wranglers sold in the US in 2018. Even 10% PHEV sales would rocket Jeep into the top 5 on the sales scorecard.

Waiting on the taycan

Either way fca wants plug in hybrids or evs to become a majority or their whole fleet by 2022. Also the renegade and compass are already garbage and this would be wasting their time, they should focus on reworking the grand cherokee like they stated they are and facilitate for plug in hybrid, the GC already sells amazingly here and all the people who want hybrids and evs would give them more demand than supply