Jeep is known for its pioneering spirit and its love of traversing new paths, so we were delighted to read about the brand’s recent forays into the electric realm. With the marque saying that its new ‘4xe’ badge marks the beginning of a revolutionary era in Jeep history, we take a closer look at this exciting new range – and the first model to be released: the Jeep Renegade 4xe.
Jeep has announced plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of three of its iconic 4x4s: the Renegade, Compass and Wrangler. Introducing the new 4xe badge, Jeep boss Christian Meunier told Autocar that the brand is fully ready to embrace electrification and wants to become “the greenest, most sustainable SUV company in the world”.
PHEV versions of the Renegade, Compass and Wrangler were showcased at CES in January, with the Renegade set to arrive in showrooms this summer – however, it has since been delayed until September due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The new Jeep Renegade 4xe blends a petrol engine and electric motor; the former will power the front wheels, while the latter will drive the rear wheels. The motor will be powered by an 11.4kW battery which, on a full charge, can propel the vehicle for 30 miles on EV power only. It recharges via regenerative braking or can be plugged in externally, where it can be fully charged in as little as one and half hours (when using a fast charger).
Jeep says the new Renegade 4xe will offer a whole new driving experience, and will be the most capable 4x4 plug-in hybrid Jeep SUV on the market. With 240hp and a 7-second 0-60mph, plus improved 4x4 capability, the increased torque ensured by the electric motor will further improve the Renegade’s legendary capability – on- and off-road.