Jeep Renegade & Compass now available with e-Hybrid driveline

Jeep has announced the introduction of new e-Hybrid (MHEV) versions of Renegade and Compass. Offering an improvement in the electrified range of both models, orders are now open with the first vehicles expected in the UK in March. The e-Hybrid versions follow in the footsteps of the successful plug-in hybrid 4xe series, which currently accounts for more than 25 percent of the brand’s total sales in Europe.

“Today’s announcement builds on the success of our current 4xe plug-in hybrid portfolio and is another step towards the comprehensive electrification of our entire product range in Europe,” said Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep Brand Europe. “Jeep Compass and Renegade e-Hybrid offer a new entry to our electrified portfolio and expand our sales momentum by offering more hybrid options to more European customers. This product expansion will continue this summer with the introduction of the 4xe version of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee. ”

New e-Hybrid alternative
The new models feature an advanced hybrid system with a new 4-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine from the Global Small Engine family, which delivers 130 hp and 240 Nm of top torque, along with a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The propulsion system includes a built-in 48 volt 15kW (20hp) electric motor that delivers 55Nm of torque, equivalent to 135Nm at the input level of the gearbox, which can drive the wheels even when the internal combustion engine is switched off. The new versions provide up to 15 percent lower consumption and CO2 emissions than the previous petrol models.

Thanks to the new hybrid technology, the Jeep Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid models offer a new alternative in the segment with two-wheel drive. Customers can keep their driving habits intact and enjoy an authentic hybrid driving experience, with full electric propulsion available at start, when driving at low speeds, during cruising and during parking maneuvers.

Designed for hybrid performance
The new 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has been designed to be best suited for hybrid use, to optimize thermodynamics and therefore save on fuel consumption. It works on the Miller cycle, which improves thermal efficiency and offers a high compression ratio (12.5: 1), a new cylinder head with a compact combustion chamber, dual variable valve timing and special “high-tumble” intake ducts. Also new is the high-pressure system for direct injection, which works at up to 350 bar. This petrol engine produces an output of 130 hp, while the maximum torque reaches 240 Nm. A belt start generator is also installed in the petrol engine, to guarantee fast and quiet transitions during restart.

The braking system of the new Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid includes the intelligent braking system which includes an “auto-charge” function that uses mixed regenerative braking to maximize the recovery of kinetic energy and improve efficiency.

A development of the driving experience
With the permission of the new propulsion system, the hybrid models provide a versatile and relaxing driving experience, with various functions that allow the vehicle to move in electric mode. These include:

  • Quiet start: starts the vehicle without having to start the petrol engine by using a purely electric, quiet driving mode;
  • Energy recovery: recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when the vehicle decelerates (e-Coasting) and during braking (Regenerative Braking);
  • Boost & Load Point Shift: ‘e-Boosting’ allows an increased torque to the wheels thanks to the electric motor that supports the petrol engine; in addition, it is possible to optimize the operating point of the petrol engine by taking advantage of the (drive or braking) torque supplied by the electric motor;
  • Electric drive: the vehicle can travel quietly and without emissions with only the electric motor, while the petrol engine is switched off.

The new Jeep Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid can be driven in different driving scenarios with only the electric motor (and with the petrol engine switched off). This is made possible by a number of electrical operating modes, which include:

  • e-launch: starts the vehicle with only the electric motor at start or restart at traffic lights;
  • e-Creeping: the electric motor provides the start normally seen in automatic vehicles, with a speed that can vary from 0 km / h to the corresponding petrol engine that idles in first gear or reverses (for example when maneuvering);
  • e-queue: the vehicle can continue in traffic jam, following a “stop & go” pattern in all-electric mode;
  • e-Parking: simplifies parking maneuvers, which can only be performed with electric propulsion, to ensure a practical and quiet experience.

These features are available depending on the battery charge status and the power required.

Highland launch edition: a concrete commitment to sustainability
Upland’s special edition model has unique aesthetic details and the use of durable materials and environmentally friendly colors and finishes. The Upland edition will also be available on Renegade and Compass 4xe Plug-in Hybrid models.

Upland is immediately recognizable for its new and exclusive Matter Azur exterior color and has a two-tone black roof (also with a new, more visible and comprehensive design specific to Renegade), glossy back 17-inch (on Renegade) and 18-inch (on Compass ) alloy wheels, for an even more distinctive look. The unique style of the exterior complements the new MetaKrome bronze finish on the front grille rings and on the rear slide plate as well as a dedicated decal on the hood.

For the interior, Upland has an extensive use of recycled materials, which characterize the roofing, the floor mats with a new, dedicated design and the exclusive SEAQUAL® seats made from recycled plastic removed from the sea, and sporty distinct contrast stitching with the Jeep logo on the front backrests.

The effect is modern and distinct, thanks to the fabric intertwined with a classic chevron motif on a black base. Plastic collected from the Mediterranean with the help of the fishing community is transformed by SEAQUAL® to a polyester fiber that can be used as a real fabric. In the weaving phase, SEAQUAL® yarns are blended with other environmentally friendly fibers, all of which are natural, recycled or recycled.

At Renegade, some of the black plastic panels and components used in the interior also come from recycled materials, especially from plastics previously used in a vehicle’s headlights. The cabin also has MetaKrome-painted bronze finish on several frames. At Compass, both the door panels and the dashboard are wrapped in the same material that comes from recycled plastic, while a MetaKrome finish in bronze, made with environmentally friendly colors, reinforces the entire profile of the dashboard.

State-of-the-art connectivity and security features
The Renegade and Compass technology offers different operating modes to give drivers a complete hybrid driving experience. The hybrid system can also be managed from Hybrid Pages, which allows the driver to monitor the distribution between thermal and electric propulsion, as well as the driving history via petrol or electricity. Dashboard adjustments allow drivers to monitor all hybrid system parameters and provide complete control over the driving experience.

The system includes either an 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch (Compass only) Uconnect NAV system with touch screen, as well as extensive built-in and remote connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

The new Renegade and Compass hybrid models come with connected services such as the pre-installed Uconnect box which provides access to Uconnect services and a range of functions that can be accessed via various touch points such as the mobile app My Uconnect, a smartwatch, the website, buttons on the vehicle’s ceiling lights and voice assistants (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant).

With the My Uconnect app, customers can access a range of connected services for quick and easy management of the vehicle’s status and maintenance, for remote control of space, for locking and unlocking doors, for switching on lighting and for support when needed.

Uconnect ™ services include:

  • My assistant: to request geolocated assistance in an emergency or if needed;
  • My remote control: allows customers to remotely control their vehicle, anywhere, anytime;
  • My car: to monitor and take care of the vehicle’s status and health;
  • My Navigation: allows owners to send their destination to the vehicle’s navigation system directly from the mobile app, receive real-time updates on traffic, weather and speed cameras, view points of interest and update maps via air (Compass only);
  • The My Wi-Fi option: provides a hotspot in the car that simultaneously connects up to eight electronic devices and activates the Alexa Voice Service (compass only);
  • The optional My Alert service: customers will receive alerts, support and immediate assistance in the event of theft.

In addition, as soon as they buy a Jeep vehicle, customers can immediately create an account by downloading the mobile app My Uconnect and discover many technical and connected benefits, even before their new vehicle is delivered.

In terms of safety, the advanced standard equipment includes:

  • Traffic sign recognition: Reads and interprets road signs;
  • Intelligent Speed ​​Assist: Automatically keeps the vehicle within the announced speed limit;
  • Drowsy Driver Alert: Warns drivers when their attention wobbles;
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition (compass only): Slows down the vehicle until it stops completely to avoid (or mitigate) accidents that may occur.
  • New Highway Assist: For the first time in a Jeep model sold in Europe, this driver assistance system offers level 2 (L2) autonomous driving, which uses a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane centering to automatically adjust speed and lane when driving on motorways.

A full line-up
The new Compass e-Hybrid series consists of four trim levels – Night Eagle, Limited, Upland and S, while Renegade e-Hybrid will be available in Upland and S. All are equipped with front-wheel drive, a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine hybrid technology, which delivers 130 hp and 240 Nm of top torque.

A wide range of customization options are available, with a contrasting black roof option plus up to eight different exterior colors for Renegade and seven for Compass including plus the new Matter Azur, specific to Upland. A wide range of alloy wheels specific for Renegade and Compass are also available.

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