Fiat Chrysler's reputation as a car manufacturer that scoff at fuel economy mandates is slowly waving away. Don't pay attention to the much abominable Fiat 500e; It was the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that really got the ball rolling, with the eTorque-engined Ram 1500s uping the company's green cred in 2019.
In this week's Geneva Motor Show, the high flying Jeep brand revealed the next salvo in its bid to lower the company's emissions while you key in environmentally conscious (or heavily taxed) foreign buyers: Two crossovers, each with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
While US consumers can expect a plug-in Wrangler hybrid once In 2020, Jeeps reveals Tuesday's focus on more Euro-friendly models. Subcompact Renegade and Compact Compass both get a plug-in hybrid system that feeds a rear-mounted electric motor with the brand's new 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Debutation in the 2019 compass, the petrol engine makes 177 hp and 200 lb-ft with torque in US spec models. For these two plug-ins, FCA claims a combined power of 190 to 240 hp, with the compass understandably the highest power figure.
All-electric range for both Renegade and Compass is 31 miles, with each vehicle being said to be capable of 80 mph in EV mode and a seven-second 0-62 mph sprint. Renegade and Compass PHEV mark the debut of Jeep's eAWD system, providing a mechanical connection between front wheel and rear wheel.
"Thanks to the new all-wheel drive technology (eAWD), traction on the rear axle is not provided with a propeller shaft, but through a dedicated electric motor, FCA said." can be separated and to control the torque independently in a more efficient way than a mechanical system. "
In last year's five-year plan, the automaker said it hoped to offer 12 electrified drives globally by 2022, split between mild hybrids, hybrids, plug-ins And Fully Electric Cars North America is said to get eight Jeep plug-ins by the current year, so expect to see this duo offered stateside, probably by the end of next year.The car manufacturer has already revealed Renegade PHEV's availability in early 2020
Last week's investment inventory report saw FCA revealing future production of four PHEVs on US soil, as well as BEVs capacity. ps green pyramid is the plug Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
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