Jeep Renegade, Compass Plug-In Hybrids Revealed: 31 Miles Of EV Range

MAR 5 2019 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 35

Both feature electrified all-wheel-drive systems.

These might look like fairly regular versions of the Renegade and Compass, but these two Jeeps actually have an ace up their sleeves. The dynamic off-road duo utilizes a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged 1.3-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor. The combustion engine drives the front wheels whereas the electric motor powers the rear axle to enable an electrified all-wheel-drive system.

In the case of the smaller Renegade, combined output varies between 190 and 240 horsepower, which is enough for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in roughly seven seconds. Jeep says the Compass with its 240-hp maximum power offers similar performance, but the final numbers are pending homologation.

Jeep goes on to mention the these two Renegade and Compass PHEV models are going to feature a special instrument cluster and infotainment screen showing relevant details about the more eco-friendly nature of the two models, specifically about the hybrid setup. Aside from the obvious efficiency advantages enabled by electrification, the two promise to offer better acceleration and quicker engine response while further increasing the off-road abilities thanks to the electric motor’s instant torque.

FCA has the two Jeeps on display at the Geneva Motor Show where Alfa Romeo is introducing the Tonale compact crossover concept while Fiat has the adorable Centoventi concept. Maserati is also attending the show to exhibit the Levante Trofeo Launch Edition while Ferrari has the new F8 Tributo.

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35 Comments on "Jeep Renegade, Compass Plug-In Hybrids Revealed: 31 Miles Of EV Range"

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That’s great, this will bring electric driving to a whole new group of people – Jeep loyalists. It also gives me confidence in continued support from FCA for my Pacifica Hybrid.

This is great for Prep’ers.
You can power your daily driving on Solar and still have gas to get out of town long distance.

This is very true especially if this system is tuned to be light duty off-road capable.

Can we have an electric jeep already?

FCA has announced the plug-in Wrangler coming late this year. My guess is they’ll show it at this fall’s LA Auto Show with production to start next year.

At the Chicago Auto Show I absolutely loved sitting in the Alfa Stelvio. I hope they make a plug in version of it, although I would prefer a good BEV to PHEV at this point.

I’m torn, aware that perfect is the enemy of good- so 31 miles of electric range is better than nothing. What I can’t figure out is if hybrid/REX blends like this Jeep are done so grudgingly, or if it’s a sign of the transition to eventual BEV?

If it’s like my Pacifica Hybrid – and given it’s FCA I think it’s a fair bet the system will be nearly identical – the electric driving doesn’t feel at all like a grudging addition.

The range is set for compliance reasons (China New Energy Vehicle requires PHEVs have 50 km NEDC range), but I dislike when people use “compliance” as a bad word. This type of vehicle can get people comfortable with the idea of plugging in a car, and 31 miles is actually enough for like 80% of the commutes, so it can do more to reduce gas usage than you think. I figure typical value might be 20 miles per day 250 days per year is 5,000 miles of gas.

I agree. 30 miles is way more useful than 20.

Given they gave the range in km, my guess is this will be closer to 20 or 25 from EPA cycle test.

Fifty should be the min. That’s twenty five in winter.

Exactly and I wholeheartedly agree!

They need 40 miles to 50 miles on ev range then it’s a go

Yeah, and as soon as they hit that goal-post, somebody will move the goal-post and say they need 60 to 70 miles on EV range.

Exactly, a PHEV with 60 to 70 mile range is “should have bought a BEV” territory. It is impractical to have a large battery in a PHEV. Only a handful of customers willing to pay for such a car. Since PHEVs have tax credits and required to meet ZEV emissions, free market value is unknown.

Take for example my Clarity it is about $35,000 and offers up to 47 miles on electric. The battery is starting to impact trunk space. A larger battery for 72 mile range would fill half the trunk (as evidence with EV version of Clarity with 89 mile range). That would add 8.5 kWh of battery. Going by Tesla pricing, that would add $3,000 to the price of the vehicle, even with cheaper battery costs. Would you pay say $5,000 for extra battery when you already have a gas engine? I wouldn’t. How much would Honda be selling the Clarity for to make money on free market? My guess is more like $45,000.

I don’t see 70 mile PHEVs happening unless they offer something over regular ICE or BEV for the added cost.

Not really. Gas is need for more regional and interstates travels. I don’t see an issue having both gas and electric if electric is 25% to gas ratio and 100% of if daily work commute is on electric

Yes.

We can say 47/50 miles is enough, but there’s the issue of HVAC efficencies which tend to be worse than ICE vehicles…What if you need to turn your heat or A/C on full blast? Yes there’s preconditioning yet it can be difficult to find a vacant charger outside of your home…

A/C uses surprisingly little energy. And if it’s like other PHEV’s, it’ll run its fossil heater at cold temps. (The ICE, which is better used for heat than propulsion…)

I have a clarity and I would pay extra for more juice because I rather drive all electric and not use the Gas engine. Plus in the winter the miles drop as much as 35 to 50% compared to the summer.

80

30 is pretty good. More would be better but 30 covers a LOT of people’s daily driving. And even more if you can charge at work.

Funny how no other ORM has done this yet. These will sell like crazy.

The MINI Countryman PHEV uses a similar setup, as do the Volvo XC60/XC80 PHEVs. None is really a huge seller, although Jeep is starting from cheaper base vehicles and offering around double the EV range.

It’s interesting that FCA used to be dead last in electrification of their vehicles and now with the demise of the Volt they seem to be ahead of GM.

The Volt design was superior to this because the Volt was all speeds electric as long as it had sufficient charge in the pack. The question will be how well will these sell and at what cost? Remember FCA pretty much has it’s 200k allotment of tax credits. The tax credit alone will probably pay for the difference between the ICE only version and the PHEV. GM like Tesla is at the end of the full tax credit so having dual powertrains is just additional cost in the car.

Did they mention what mpg it gets when running on gas? This will also be an important factor, and if it can get 10-15 better mpg than the gas version, this might be very enticing for people who may otherwise pass it up.

Most people couldn’t care less about MPG, especially if they’re buying a Jeep. Sad but true. Cost of gas isn’t even a consideration. If it performs better than base product and is cheaper, they might buy it. Otherwise, it’s a lost cause. That demographic is not interested in fuel-efficiency or gas savings, whatsoever. Thankfully, a handful of plug-in lovers may buy it, but it will not work to move the masses in any way.

Unfortunately that demographic will see “1.3L turbo” and say “too small – no thanks”, when it is actually a viable option.

Steven, It depends on the price of gas.

True indeed.

That works right now with $2/gallon gasoline. Just wait for the next war in the mid-East that shoots gasoline back up to $4/gallon and you’ll see how much people care about MPG.

Of course

Afraid these small battery plug in hybrids will be followed by slightly larger batteries in future, just like so many others, absolutely KILLING values. Sorry but advise lease only.