Jeep is launching the new 4Xe plug-in hybrid versions of the Compass and Renegade models in Europe, releasing all the details of its first electrified models in the region.
Both the Compass and the Renegade 4Xe models will arrive in showrooms across Europe this September, offered in three trim levels (Limited, S, and Trailhawk), two power levels (187 HP or 237 HP), and new exclusive e-driving functions. Jeep’s new electrified powertrain combines FCA’s turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission with two electric motors and an 11.4 kWh battery pack.
One of the electric motors is coupled to the engine and can act as a generator while the other one is mounted on the rear axle, delivering 60 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque, making both models all-wheel-driven.
The different power levels come purely from the engine’s setup, with the 1.3-liter four-cylinder producing 128 HP (130 PS) in the 187 HP (190 PS) models and 177 HP (180 PS) in the range-topping 237 HP (240 PS) versions. Jeep expects both models to emit less than 50 g/km of CO2 emissions and to offer an average EV range of 31 miles (50 km) on the NEDC2 cycle. The top speed in their pure EV mode is limited to 81 mph (130 km/h).
The new Compass and Renegade 4Xe models feature three operating modes for their electrified powertrains: Hybrid, Electric, and E-Save. The latter is used either to maintain battery charge or to charge the battery up to 80 percent through the operation of the petrol engine.
Jeep also claims that despite all the electrification that’s been going on, the new 4Xe models will offer “the best performance and driving dynamics of any Jeep Renegade and Compass ever”, whether that’s EV driving in the city or an off-road adventure.
The company says that the increased torque generated by the electric system and their ability to adjust it “with extreme precision” ensures even greater off-road capability for the new Jeep Compass and Renegade 4Xe models, in addition to being the most fuel-efficient Jeeps ever.
All the high-voltage electrical components are fully sealed and waterproof, with the Trailhawk versions of the new Compass and Renegade 4Xe also fitted with steel skid plates for added off-road protection. Drivers can also pick 4WD Lock for speeds up to 9 mph (15 km/h) and 4WD Low for better response on sandy or rocky terrains.
Jeep’s first electrified models in Europe can be fully charged at home in less than 5 hours with the available base easyWallbox, which can be upgraded to 7.4 kW to provide a full charge in 100 minutes.