Jeep has launched its first electrified SUV in the UK: a plug-in hybrid version of the Renegade, arriving in showrooms in September with prices starting from £32,600.
The Renegade 4xe is the first of several electrified Jeeps promised by the brand, including a plug-in hybrid Compass and Wrangler which will also wear the 4xe badge, as the American firm seeks to become the “greenest, most sustainable SUV company in the world”.
Three trim levels are offered: the entry-level Longitude (from £32,600), the mid-level Limited (from £34,500) and the range-topping Trailhawk (from £36,500). Jeep says the Trailhawk is more oriented for the extreme off-road, while Limited and Longitude offer a set up more suited to urban driving on tarmac. All three models are available to order now.
Visually almost identical to today’s Renegade, the 4xe gains a rear-mounted electric motor, mounted on a modified version of the AWD Renegade’s rear subframe, mated to a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This can be specified in two output levels: Longitude and Limited models produce a total of 187bhp, while customers opting for the range-topping Trailhawk receive a boosted 237bhp variant.
The battery – which is good for an EV range of 31 miles at up to 81mph in ideal conditions – has been mounted in the floorpan’s centre tunnel and also takes up some space under the rear seat. The fuel tank – also under the rear seat – has been squeezed down to a capacity of 39-litres.
All three versions are claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in around 7.5sec, reaching a top speed of 124mph and producing 199lb ft of torque.
As expected given Jeep’s off-roading pedigree, every car in the 4xe range also has four-wheel drive, with Jeep claiming the Renegade PHEV offers the “best performance and driving dynamics of any Jeep SUV ever”.
Power is transmitted to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, an updated Selec-Terrain rotary control with eAWD modes (4WD Lock, 4WD Low, Hill Descent Control) engages several different driving modes, including Auto, Snow, Mud & Sand, Rock and a new Sport mode.