• New plug-in tech for Jeep small SUVs
  • 1.3-liter engine mated to electric motor
  • Up to 240 horsepower on tap
  • 30 miles of pure electric range promised

 

Jeep announced that it will offer a new plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Jeep Renegade and Compass. The powertrain, which combines a 1.3-liter engine with an electric motor, promises a combined output of up to 240 horsepower along with a pure EV range of 30 miles.

Called e-volution by Jeep, the system delivers all-wheel drive capability for both Renegade and Compass by using the electric motor to power the rear axle, while the gas engine is used to drive the front wheels. Jeep says the new eAWD system allows for torque to be controlled independently and more effectively than through a traditional mechanical system.

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While the PHEV technology for the Jeep Renegade and Compass are new, it is being adapted to the current vehicles without any significant styling changes to either. Jeep didn’t give a timeline for the availability of the systems, nor pricing. Currently the Jeep Renegade starts at $18,750 and the Compass is priced from $21,845. 

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