Jeep Enters the Electric Market with Renegade Plug-in Hybrid
Jeep’s first-ever hybrid can travel up to 31 miles on electric power aloneby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 02:58
It’s been less than a year since Jeep introduced a mid-cycle facelift for the Renegade and the mini SUV was updated once again at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This around though, upgrades aren’t about styling tweaks, but a brand-new hybrid drivetrain. Alongside the Compass, the Renegade is the first Jeep vehicle to boast electrification.
What’s under the shell
The gasoline-electric drivetrain generates between 190 and 240 horsepower
The Renegade plug-in hybrid pairs a small-displacement gasoline engine to an electric motor. The mill in question is a turbocharged, 1.3-liter four-cylinder. This unit is relatively new, as it was added to the lineup as part of the 2019-model-year facelift. Built in Poland, the 1.3 Turbo Multiair engine delivers either 148 or 177 horsepower in the regular Renegade.
Jeep didn’t say how much power it generates in the hybrid model, but did mention that the hybrid combo delivers between 190 to 240 horsepower. Given that Euro-spec models feature the 148-horsepower engine, the electric motor should crank out between 42 to 92 horsepower.
The 240-horsepower version is obviously the quickest. With both the gas engine and electric motor engaged, the Renegade needs around seven seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start. Not bad for a hybrid.
Total range specs aren't yet available, but we know that the SUV can travel for up to 31 miles on electric power alone.
In this setup, top speed is limited to 81 mph. CO2 emissions drop from 144 g/kg for the 1.3-liter MultiAir model to only 50 g/kg for the hybrid powertrain.
Enhanced Off-road Capability
Jeep claims that electrification further improves the Renegade’s off-road capability. That’s most because the electric motor adds extra torque, but it’s also because the new drivetrain layout has the ability to transfer it with more precision. The new electric all-wheel-drive system (eAWD) also features a dedicated electric motor at the rear axle instead of a prop shaft, which allows the two axles to control torque in a more effective way than a mechanical system.
What Else is New?
The hybrid SUV features a unique instrument cluster and infotainment system that include information related to the hybrid drivetrain.
You can now monitor battery charge and electric and combined range, among other parameters. Design-wise, the Renegade hybrid looks identical to its gasoline and diesel siblings, save for the extra charging socket on the rear fender.
2018 Jeep Renegade - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type and Description||In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged||In-line four-cylinder, 16-valve MultiAir with multiport fuel injection|
|Displacement||83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)||144 cu. in. (2,360 cc)|
|Bore x Stroke||2.83 x 3.31 in. (72.0 x 84.0 mm)||88x97|
|Valve System||Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers||SOHC, four valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate||Aluminum block, aluminum cylinder head|
|Power (SAE)||160 hp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm||184 hp (137 kW) @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque (SAE)||170 lb.-ft. (230 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm||177 lb.-ft. (236 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm|
|Max. Engine Speed||6,500 rpm (electronically limited)||6,500 rpm|
|Fuel Requirement||87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
|Unleaded regular, 87 octane|
|Oil Capacity||4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter||5.5 qt. (5.2 liter) (total)|
|Coolant Capacity||5.5 qt. (5.2 liter)||6.8 qt. (6.45 liter)|
Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Renegade.