The Jeep Renegade 4xe driving experience begins when the customer parks the car in the garage and leaves it plugged into the normal socket, or joined to the handy easy Wallbox charger the sunset before.  The Jeep plug-in hybrid propulsion solution is set to enhance the legendary off-road competence of its lineup of SUVs, beginning with the Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid.  This newest evolution of Jeep entirely replicates its core values of autonomy, adventure, legitimacy, and desire.

With its most recent and successful step in the world of electrification, the Jeep has always established new fragments and new technologies.  The journey began in 1941 with the Willys-Overland, the first-ever mass-produced 4×4 vehicle and sustained until 1949 with the introduction of the four-wheel-drive Willys Wagon, which formed the Sport Utility Vehicle.

Centered on the pillars of efficiency, performance, and responsibility, The Jeep Renegade 4xe will be the most fuel-efficient Jeep SUV ever, proposing zero tailpipe-emission in full electric mode.  Its efficiency is not attained at the expense of performance but remains true to its all-terrain aptitude while offering an enhanced driving experience on the road.  The increased torque and the ability to regulate it with great precision confirms even greater four-wheel-drive competence on any terrain.

Due to its plug-in hybrid electric technology, the CO2 emissions are lesser than 50g/km in a hybrid mode, which makes and the cost of ownership reduced.  Conversely, the Jeep brand‘s emphasis on sustainability runs deeper than this and starts even before these vehicles hit the road.  Besides enhancing its on-road performance in everyday driving, but its capability and driving pleasure also gleams through in the city.

Constructed at the FCA Melfi Plant in Basilicata (Italy), where the Jeep Renegade has been in production since 2014, the Plant Academy is a breeding ground for ideas, experiments, and spawned a ‘talent factory’.  Though the production of the Jeep Renegade 4xe is in Melfi, the first full-cycle Jeep factory outside North America, the expansion process concluded at the Arjeplog Proving Grounds in Swedish Lapland.  Up to 3,800km of road tests were clocked to put the Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid through its paces in all circumstances that customers might need to challenge.  A group of undertakings was done to make sure its quality, comfort, dependability, and security in all conditions.

The new Renegade 4xe deals with the best performance and driving dynamics of any Jeep SUV ever.  It is plainly capable of ‘going anywhere and doing anything’, established over almost 80 years of history.  Simultaneously, it is perfect for everyday driving in the city, as the plug-in hybrid system that lets it to travel with zero tailpipe emissions for a range of up to 26 miles (41 km) in full- electric mode.  In addition, CO 2 emissions are less than 50g/km in hybrid mode on longer jaunts.  In case of prolonged off-road driving, two electric motors including Power loop ensure that eAWD traction is always obtainable.

Thanks to the striking blue Jeep, Renegade, and 4xe badge, the new Jeep Renegade 4xe stands out from its internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts.

A 7-inch TFT color display and Uconnect NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen inside the cabin, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and DAB radio exist.  While the Trail hawk trim sports Ruby adorns the red accent, air vents, speakers, and center console bezels adorn the black.  also featuring a new six-speed automatic transmission selector, updated Select-Terrain rotary control with eAWD modes (4WD Lock, 4WD Low, Hill Descent Control) in order to involve the different driving modes – Auto, Snow, Mud, Sand, and Rock.

Pairing a 1.3-liter turbo petrol engine with an electric motor, which is powered by an 11.4 kWh battery that can be recharged while driving.  The efficient 1.3-liter turbo engine supplies a power output of 130hp or 180hp, plus the 60hp, giving a total of 190hp.  The electric motor delivers 250Nm, while the combustion engine produces 270Nm in terms of torque.  With acceleration from zero to 62mph in around 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 81mph and up to 124mph in hybrid mode, it guarantees maximum driving pleasure.

The new Jeep Renegade 4xe includes three trim levels – Longitude, Limited, and Trail hawk – all featuring four-wheel-drive (eAWD) and a six-speed automatic transmission, with up to 18 different exterior colors including Alpine White, Glacier, Granite Crystal, Jet set Blue, Blue Shade, Sting Grey, Colorado Red, Carbon Black, and Solid Black.

Coming with a suite of the most advanced ADAS systems including full LED headlights, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning Plus, Intelligent Speed Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, and front and rear parking sensors, Jeep Renegade 4xe also features the new Drowsy Driver Detection System.

Following are the key elements of the Renegade and Compass 4xe Powertrain:

  • It contains a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol internal combustion engine delivering 130hp or 180hp and 270Nm.
  • Two electric motors, one of which is located on the front axle and coupled to the internal combustion engine that can act as a high-voltage generator. The second motor is located on the rear axle, which delivers 60hp and 250Nm of torque, recuperating energy while braking.
  • It has an 11.4 kWh, 400 volts, lithium-ion, nickel-manganese-cobalt, battery pack, powering the e-axle, which is seen in a secure position underneath the second-row seats

Battery pack preserves boot capacity

The 11.4 kWh, 400-volt lithium-ion battery pack uses cobalt-nickel, manganese chemistry that is located underneath the second row of seats.  The pack is fitted with an enthusiastic heating and cooling circuit to keep the battery at its optimum temperature for the best performance.  It allows the Renegade 4xe to travel approximately 26 miles in zero-tailpipe emission mode.

Electrified driving mode

Customers can personalise their driving experience according to their specific needs and the type of journey with three operating modes – Hybrid, Electric, and E-save.  Additionally, the Renegade 4xe travels in hybrid mode when the battery ranges the minimum charge level, irrespective of the selected mode.

In brief–

  • HYBRID is the default mode selected when the car is started in order to be able to use the system in the most efficient way.

Initially, when the battery reaches the minimum charge level – SOC, the internal combustion engine is used for propulsion. The system start-up through an optimisation algorithm (Hybrid Control Processor – HCP) which is designed to maximize the system efficiency levels.

  • ELECTRIC is the mode that delivers a full-electric range of about 26miles with zero tailpipe emissions, which maximizes the electric driving experience through a diverse calibration of the HCP optimisation procedure. The system automatically switches to HYBRID mode when the battery is completely flat.
  • E-SAVE is the mode for maintaining battery charge or while driving using the internal combustion engine. E-SAVE mode supports two secondary modes.  This is known as Battery Save (passive E-SAVE) and Battery Charge (active E-SAVE).
  • Passive E-SAVE or Battery Save upholds the charge of the battery through the leading use of the internal combustion engine. It further charges the battery up to 80% through the operation of the internal combustion engine.

Additionally, with the My Uconnect mobile app, customers can get multiple services for quick management of usage status, maintenance, navigation, charging, and emergencies, including theft.  Drivers can plan their route or schedule their preferred charging times and days or search for and pay at charging stations by using the My Navigation function.

Ease in charging

Charging the new Renegade 4xe is simple with seamless integration between the smartphone and the Uconnect system 8.4-inch touchscreen in order to be able to charge according to the customers’ requirements and lifestyle.

A convenient home solution, the easyWallbox is available to optimise charging times, connected to a normal domestic outlet, and permits safe charging.  This was developed by ENGIE EPS exclusively for FCA and is promoted by Mopar in Europe.  It is an accessible plug and plays solution that can be managed via Bluetooth, with up to 2.3 kW of charging power in less than 5 hours.

The easyWallbox can be upgraded to 7.4 kW with a full charge at home in less than two hours.

Also, the customers can also have the access to My easy Charge, a digital service providing the largest public charging network in the world, controlled by Digital Charging Solutions (DCS).  This is an enthusiastic app and a single card will offer access to more than 130,000 charging stations in 21 European countries.

The Jeep Renegade 4xe has arrived in the UK in September priced from £32,600 (INR 30, 91,516.18) OTR for a Jeep Renegade 4xe Longitude.

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Siddhika Prajapati

Siddhika Prajapati

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