Next Jeep Compass, Renegade to Offer Electric Power – Report

With Jeep close to completing its range of plug-in hybrids, it is turning its focus to battery-powered vehicles – and familiar nameplates will reportedly benefit.

Autocar reports that the Renegade, which went into production in 2014, will move to the STLA Small platform before 2025 and offer pure-electric power.

A Jeep source also told the UK publication that the Compass, which went into production in 2016, will “eventually” move to the STLA Medium platform, another “BEV by design” platform.

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The next Compass will reportedly grow in size to cover the “upper end” of the compact SUV segment. It is currently 4.4m long, slightly longer than a Kia Seltos but shorter than a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

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By 2030, Jeep intends that its entire European range will be fully electric and that 50 percent of sales in North America will consist of electric cars.

It indicates that gasoline engines will remain for some time on Jeep. Whether the next Compass and Renegade will retain petrol options for markets such as the US and Australia is unclear.

Jeep parent Stellantis says its STLA Small vehicles will have battery capacities ranging from 37-82 kWh, offer a maximum range of 500 km and will be powered by, at least, an electric motor producing 70 kW of power coupled to a 400V electric architecture.

STLA Små-based vehicles will also offer electric motors that will produce between 125kW and 180kW of power.

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Vehicles based on the STLA Medium architecture will have battery capacities ranging from 87-104 kWh, enabling a maximum range of up to 700 km.

The company says it will offer either electric motors producing between 125kW and 180kW, or the more powerful 150-330kW electric motors found in vehicles on the STLA Large architecture.

Jeep’s first electric car is the 2023 Jeep Avenger, which fits under the Renegade. It will be electric-only, at least initially, in most European markets, although Italy and Spain will get a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol version.

It is only 4.06m long, shorter than the 4.25m long Renegade, and is the first Jeep to use a Stellantis group platform and not a legacy platform from former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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It is understood to use an updated version of the eCMP platform that supports, among other vehicles, the Peugeot 2008.

Jeep has promised it will launch four electric vehicles by 2025, with the Avenger, rugged Recon and luxury Wagoneer S confirmed as three of them.

The fourth is expected to be a replacement for the aging Cherokee. Like the Recon and Wagoneer S, it is expected to use the STLA Large architecture.

Jeep has not released technical specifications for the Recon, but says it has a range of 400 miles (644 km) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time for the 447kW Wagoneer S of around 3.5 seconds.

Wrangler, Compass and Renegade 4xe Credit: CarExpert

In the absence of electric cars, Jeep has launched a range of plug-in hybrid models with the 4xe badge.

The current 4xe lineup includes the Renegade, Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, with Jeep indicating PHEV versions of the Gladiator and Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer are also coming.

Only the Grand Cherokee 4xe has been confirmed for Australia, landing in 2023; Jeep said it wanted to bring the Wrangler 4xe here but couldn’t get the business case to stack up.

The Italian-built Renegade and Compass 4xe were developed for Europe and are not available in markets such as Australia or the US.

The Renegade line was discontinued in Australia in 2020, with Jeep blaming a weak Australian dollar.

Renegade in the European market Credit: CarExpert

That left the Compass as the entry-level Jeep, something it may continue to be for the foreseeable future as Jeep has yet to confirm the Avenger for Australia despite the availability of right-hand drive.

The Compass is currently manufactured in Brazil, India, Italy and Mexico, and Stellanti’s factory in Melfi, Italy, produces it in left-hand drive for Europe and – more recently – in right-hand drive for the UK.

Jeep originally bought the British market Compass from India, but declining sales and an absence of technology in the Italian model prompted it to switch production sources. The Australian compass still comes from India.

Jeep CEO Christian Meunier has committed to right-hand drive availability as part of the brand’s wider electrification plans and when asked last month if this applied to all models, he replied “pretty much”.

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“The right-hand control strategy is clear. We are investing for Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa is now becoming quite a serious market for us. So we come back to Australia, South Africa, he says.

“Right-hand drive is a key. We can be profitable on right-hand drive. As long as you bring the right product with the right powertrains in the right segment.”

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