The Jeep name has always been synonymous with adventure, with a go-anywhere spirit. Today’s environment-friendly demands, however, tends to beg the question: does this adventurous spirit still have a place in this “green” world? Jeep says yes as it ventures into the world of electrification with the new Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe.
The new 4xe moniker is Jeep’s take on going green with a combination of a 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine that can produce either 130- or 180bhp and 184lb-ft of torque, a front axle-mounted electric motor, and another electric mill mounted on the rear axle. With no mechanical linkage joining the two electric mills, they still manage to support the gas motor and produce as much as 240bhp total system output.
This potent force allows the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe to provide a 0-100km/h time of just 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 200km/h (130km/h in in EV mode). And there lies the beauty of the system, as it not only gives driving performance but the option of zero emissions motoring.
Depending on the mode, the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe can run up to 50kms on pure electricity. This is thanks to an 11.4kWh nickel manganese cobalt 400V system. It can be charged in around 100 minutes using a 7.4kw Wallbox.
But being a Jeep, the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe still allow uncompromised off-road ability—albeit with a bit more care for the planet. The 4×4 system still gives the go-anywhere capability without doing any damage to the battery and other components. The battery is mounted underneath the floor in a protected enclosure and won’t intrude in any way.
Moreover, venturing off-road can be done silently with the electric motor as the source of propulsion. It truly is the best of all worlds.
The Jeep Renegade and Compass in 4xe guise are only the beginning, says Jeep. They signal a new era for the iconic brand as it takes a new step into a more earth friendly territory that still allows its customers to explore the planet.
The new Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe will first hit the European market, as a nod to stricter emissions standards in the region. Customer deliveries will begin in September of this year.