Jeep has revealed the details of its first electrified model, the Renegade 4xe.
Coming this September, the rival to a Mini Countryman PHEV has an electric-only range of up to 26 miles from its 11.4kWh battery and emissions of below 50g/km. It will cost from £32,600 and comes with a choice of three trim levels and two power outputs, with the 60hp electric motor combining with 130hp 1.3-litre petrol engine in Longitude and Limited trim levels, or with the 180hp 1.3 in the top-spec Trailhawk. All models come with four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as all-wheel drive modes of Auto, Snow, Mud & Sand and Rock and hill decent control, 4WD Low and 4WD Lock off-road assistance. The powertrain can be driven in hybrid, electric or E-save modes, the latter reserving the charge for later in a journey.
The PHEV version will be distinguishable by the blue badging, as well as a second flap for charging on the opposite side to the fuel filler. Boot space is largely preserved, dropping by just 21 litres to 330 compared to the petrol Renegade.
Mobile app integration allows drivers to schedule charging, programme the climate control and set speed and distance parameters for the vehicle, while additional options that can be specified include a fleet manager portal for small fleets, wifi for up to eight devices and theft assistance. Drivers will also have access to the My Easy Charge network of public charging.
The entry Longitude model costs £32,600, with the mid-spec Limited £34,500 and the range-topping Trailhawk, with a more powerful 240hp package rather than the 190hp of the other two models, costs £36,500
The Renegade will be followed by a second Jeep PHEV in 2021 with the arrival of the larger Compass 4xe, while parent company Fiat is currently building up to the launch of the new electric-only 500 model.