Jeep goes clean with plug-in Renegade

Ginny Buckley

21.7.2020

Jeep will be helping owners to get muddy and yet stay clean with its first plug in hybrid. The Renegade 4xe is said to have all the off-road ability you’d expect from a Jeep, but can also run on electric power alone.

The new model uses two electric motors and a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder, turbo petrol internal combustion engine. An 11.4 kWh battery gives a claimed EV-only driving range of 26 miles and CO2 emissions of 50g/km.

Renegade is Jeep's first plug-in hybrid

One of the electric motors works in conjunction with the petrol engine to power the front wheels while a 59bhp rear motor powers the back axle. Jeep claim this offers better 4x4 ability than the standard models thanks to the extra control and instant low-down pulling power of the electric.

Two outputs are available from the petrol engine – 128bhp or 177bhp, plus the 59bhp produced by the electric motor, giving a total of 187hp in the Longitude and Limited version or 237hp in the range-topping Trailhawk model.

The Renegade 4xe will be in showrooms in September with prices ranging from £32,600 to £36,500.

Electric motor in 4xe gives better performance on and off road, claims Jeep

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