Article By John Redfern

Jeep announces new Renegade and Compass hybrids

Both the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrids combine a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 15kW electric motor for added efficiency.

Two new petrol-electric models have joined the Jeep range, with the addition of the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrids.

They sit alongside Jeep’s 4xe plug-in hybrid cars, as an entry-point to electric motoring.

Jeep says the new hybrid powertrain delivers a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy and emissions compared with petrol-only models.

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Both the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid make use of the new tech. A 130hp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is matched with a 15kW electric motor, plus a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Regenerative braking is included, allowing the e-Hybrid’s lithium-ion batteries to be recharged on the move. The system reverts to electric-only propulsion at startup, meaning zero-emissions driving at low speeds.

Multiple electric driving modes include ‘e-Queuing’, which keeps the Jeep moving in stop-start traffic without the petrol engine. The ‘e-Parking’ mode allows for silent manoeuvring.

The smaller Jeep Renegade e-Hybrid will be offered in two trim levels, including the new Upland launch edition.

The Upland features an exclusive Matter Azur exterior colour, combined with a two-tone black roof. A set of 17-inch gloss black wheels are added, along with bronze finishes for the front grille and rear skid plate.

Inside the Renegade e-Hybrid, Jeep has made extensive use of recycled materials. This includes seats made from ‘Seaqual’ fibres, created from plastics recovered from the Mediterranean sea.

Pricing for the Renegade e-Hybrid will start from £31,130 for the Upland version. A ‘S’ trim level will also be offered for £32,130.

A more extensive range of trim levels will be available for the larger Compass e-Hybrid. Prices start at £32,895 for the Night Eagle, followed by Limited, Upland and S variants.

Both the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrids will be fitted with an extensive range of standard safety equipment. Traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed assist and a new highway assist function are all included.

The latter offers Level 2 (L2) autonomous driving capabilities, combining active cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

UK orders can be placed now, with first deliveries to customers expected in March 2022.

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