• Jeep Compass Plug-in Hybrid Debuts in Geneva with 31-mile EV range

It’s the first hybrid Jeep alongside the Renegade

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The second-generation Jeep Compass has yet to see a comprehensive mid-cycle facelift, but it just became one of the first Jeeps to feature a hybrid drivetrain. The electrified Compass made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the Renegade hybrid.

Up to 240 Horsepower

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The hybrid combo cranks out between 190 and 240 horsepower

Although it has yet to release output figures for the Compass hybrid (still pending homologation), Jeep says that specs will be similar to the Renegade. The latter’s hybrid powertrain pairs a turbocharged, 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The four-banger is the same that Jeep introduced in 2018. It delivers either 148 or 177 horsepower, depending trim.

Jeep didn’t have much to say about the electric motor, but claims that the hybrid combo cranks out between 190 and 240 horsepower. The 240-horsepower version should push the Compass from 0 to 62 mph in around seven seconds.

Decent electric range, lower emissions

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The hybrid powertrain enables the Compass to run on electric power alone for up to 31 miles

This is far from impressive when compared to actual EVs, but it’s not bad for a hybrid. Also, it’s worth noting that the Compass is, alongside the Renegade, the first Jeep capable of running on battery power only.

Emissions have also decreased rather dramatically thanks to the baterry and electric power combo. While the Compass powered by the 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine emits 144 grams of CO2 per kg, the addition of the electric motor reduces these figure to only 50 grams per kg combined. There’s no word and fuel economy just yet.

Enhanced off-road capability

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The hybrid drivetrain also makes the Compass a better SUV on the unbeaten path. Not only the electric motor adds extra torque that can be used while climbing rocks, but the new drivetrain layout also transfers power to the wheels with enhanced precision.

What's more, the Compass features a new electric all-wheel-drive system (eAWD) that features a dedicated electric motor at the rear axle instead of a prop shaft.

This allows the two axles to control torque in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

Unique displays

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While both the exterior and interior are identical to the standard Compass, the instrument cluster and infotainment system have been modified for hybrid duty. Using both screes you can monitor information related to the hybrid drivetrain, including data about battery consumption, all-electric range, and combined hybrid range.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Compass.

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Jeep Enters the Electric Market with Renegade Plug-in Hybrid

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After setting a new global sales record in 2018, Jeep welcomes 2019 as the year of an evolution. Jeep has always been an automotive pioneer starting in 1941 with the Willys-Overland, the first 4x4 vehicle, followed in 1946 by the Willys Wagon, which first introduced the concept of the Sport Utility Vehicle. Its legendary reputation for off-road capability has lasted ever since. Today, Jeep is making another major evolutionary step by presenting its new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models. A no-compromise hybrid solution, which integrates the unmatched technical layout of each Jeep SUV, will power both the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass and turn them into vehicles that provide absolute freedom while taking their capability to the next level through eco-friendly technology.

New Renegade and Compass PHEV

Displayed at the Jeep stand in Geneva, these new plug-in hybrid models are rechargeable from an external power outlet and, as a consequence, can store more electric energy. This choice allows for the use of more powerful electric motors, which translate into a pure electric range of approximately 31miles and about 80mph full electric top speed for both Renegade and Compass.

The electric units work in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine to increase efficiency and power overall. For the Renegade, the power sits in the 190hp and 240hp range resulting in outstanding on-road performance: zero to 62mph is reached in approximately seven seconds. The same figures – although still pending homologation – are achieved by the first plug-in hybrid Compass which is also the fastest example of the model ever. The Compass with the simultaneous action of the internal combustion engine (ICE) and the electric motor delivers up to 240hp. In addition, the new Jeep SUVs with plug-in hybrid technology are more fun to drive courtesy of improved acceleration and fast engine response. They also deliver CO2 emissions lower than 50g/km.

With electrification, the Jeep range further improves its legendary off-road capability thanks to the greater torque offered by the electric motor and the ability to adjust it with extreme precision while driving on the most challenging terrain, where a very low transmission ratio is needed. Thanks to the new electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD), traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft but through a dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and to control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

Renegade and Compass PHEVs feature a dedicated instrument cluster and infotainment screen, updated to help the customer with information related to daily hybrid driving.

While being loyal to its mindset of overcoming any limit, the Jeep brand continues to evolve, to develop and to bring its SUVs to the next level in line with its core values of freedom, authenticity and passion. Today the brand is embracing a new challenge and setting new standards.

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