After setting a new global sales record in 2018, Jeep welcomes 2019 as the year of an evolution. Jeep has always been an automotive innovator starting in 1941 with the Willys-Overland, the first 4x4 vehicle, followed in 1946 by the Willys Wagon, which first presented the concept of the Sport Utility Vehicle. This legendary reputation for off-road capability has lasted ever since. And now, Jeep is making another major evolutionary step by presenting its new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models. This is a no-compromise hybrid solution, which mixes the unmatched technical layout of each Jeep SUV, will power both the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass and turn them into vehicles that provide absolute independence while taking their capability to the next level through eco-friendly technology.
Displayed at Geneva, these new plug-in hybrid models are rechargeable from an external power outlet and as a consequence, can store more electric energy. This choice allows for the use of more powerful electric motors, which translate into a pure electric range of around 31miles and about 80mph full electric top speed for both Renegade and Compass.
These new electric units work in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine to increase efficiency and power overall. The Renegade power sits in the 190hp and 240hp range resulting in outstanding on-road performance: zero to 62mph is reached in approximately seven seconds. The same figures - although still pending homologation - are achieved by the first plug-in hybrid Compass which is also the fastest example of the model ever. The Compass with the immediate action of the internal combustion engine (ICE) and the electric motor delivers up to 240hp. In addition, the new Jeep SUVs with plug-in hybrid technology are more fun to drive courtesy of improved acceleration and fast engine response. They also deliver CO2 emissions lower than 50g/km.
While being loyal to its mindset of overcoming any limit, the Jeep brand continues to evolve, to develop and to bring its SUVs to the next level in line with its core values of freedom, authenticity and passion. Today the brand is embracing a new challenge and setting new standards.