On 20 January 2022, Stellantis announced that it will sell Jeep SUVs in a few main European markets with only electrified powertrains. A part of this announcement was the introduction of a ‘Jeep Renegade eHybrid,’ a new electrified variant of the smallest Jeep SUV, also available in the UK.
Brand new powertrain
‘eHybrid’ is the new suffix for mild-hybrid technology at Jeep, and that explains what the Renegade eHybrid is about. For eco-conscious customers who don’t have access or find the rechargeable Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid unaffordable, the Renegade mild-hybrid is the solution. It packs a new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the Global Small Engine family and a new 7-speed 7HDT300 dual-clutch automatic transmission. Jeep says the new powertrain offers up to 15 per cent reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the previous petrol variants.
A belt starter generator installed in the petrol engine assists it with 15 kW (20 PS) of power and 55 Nm of torque. An additional battery stores the kinetic energy generated during deceleration and braking for later use. The application of mild-hybrid tech enables silent starts (and restarts) in EV mode and an electric boost function. Moreover, it’s possible to drive with the petrol engine turned off for a short duration, for instance, while parking or following the vehicle ahead in a traffic jam.
Soft styling changes
The Jeep Renegade eHybrid features a special green ‘eTorque’ logo on the base of its tailgate. In addition to the already existing trims of the other variants, it is available in a new ‘Upland’ trim. It is configurable in an exclusive ‘Matter Azur’ body paint along with a black roof that creates a two-tone colour scheme. Gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels, a special hood decal, and new MetaKrome bronze finishes on the front grille rings on the rear skid plate complete the distinctive exterior styling of the eHybrid Upland trim.
Interior made of recycled plastic
On the inside, the Upland grade features exclusive SEAQUAL seats made of recycled plastic removed from the ocean, with exclusive contrast stitching, the Jeep logo, and an organic vinyl insert. Moreover, some of the black plastic panels and components in the cabin are made from plastics previously used in headlamps. The headliner is also made from recycled material.
Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, and Nordic countries are the markets where Stellantis plans to offer Jeep SUVs with only electrified powertrains from later this year. In Italy, the prices of the Jeep Renegade eHybrid start at EUR 28,137.
UK orders are open, with the Jeep Renegade eHybrid priced from £31,130 OTR.
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