The pseudo-SUV also gets new engines

FCA is one of the slowest groups to move towards electrification. Currently, it has got just 3 cars under its umbrella which are anywhere close to electrification. Nevertheless, FCA announced the production of a Jeep Renegade Plug-in hybrid. It will be built alongside the regular Renegade and its Fiat 500X platform mate in FCA’s factory in Melfi, Italy. Jeep will start building pre-production units in 2019, and launch it in the market in early 2020.

Heart Of The Matter

 Jeep Renegade to Get a Plug-in Version by 2020
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FCA has a plan to launch 12 electrified powertrains, equipping 30 different models worldwide by 2022.

This includes mild hybrids, full hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric cars. The plan was launched and envisaged by former CEO Sergio Marchionne, who passed away unexpectedly in July due to complications from surgery. His replacement, former Jeep and Ram boss Mike Manley, is expected to continue implementing the plan.

After the Wrangler Plug-in hybrid, the Renegade is the second Jeep confirmed to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both are expected to launch in 2020. FCA has already designated its Toledo Machining Plant to build certain components for the Wrangler’s plug-in powertrain, which seems fitting because Toledo and Jeep have been working together for many decades now.

What’s New This Time?

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This iteration gets quite a few changes.

The compact crossover will get a slightly revised styling and a shuffled powertrain lineup. In the U.S., customers will be able opt for either a new 1.3-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 177 ponies, or a 2.4-liter, four-pot Tigershark engine. The Euro-spec Renegade will get a new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that develops 120 horses.

Final Thoughts

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FCA has been very slow to move to electrification.

Its only current electrified models are the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the Ram 1500 eTorque mild hybrid, and the Fiat 500e electric car. The 500e is not a profitable product and is built solely to comply with California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate. We’ll have to wait and watch to see whether it will be dropped or replaced.

Does the Renegade Plug-in with a new powertrain sound exciting to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

 Jeep Renegade to Get a Plug-in Version by 2020
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Read our speculative review on the 2019 Jeep Renegade.

2015 Jeep Renegade - Driven
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Read our driven review on the 2015 Jeep Renegade.

Note: all images courtesy of FCA.

The FCA Melfi Plant in Italy is beginning preparations to produce the Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) scheduled for market launch in early 2020. The Renegade PHEV will be produced alongside the Renegade and 500X full combustion engine products that are currently produced at the Melfi vehicle assembly plant.

The pre-production units of the new Jeep Renegade PHEV are scheduled in 2019. The investment for the new engine launch equates to more than €200M and also includes a strong commitment by FCA for training all workers on the application of this new technology. The Plant facilities involved in the production will also be modernized accordingly

"With over 742,000 Renegades produced to date in Italy, the Melfi plant and the Renegade are the ideal location and the perfect product to launch the PHEV, further strengthening the offer of this highly successful Jeep", said Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer EMEA region.

During the FCA Capital Markets Day on June 1, when the 2018-2022 business plan was presented to the financial community, it was stated that one of the most important change factors addressed in the strategic plan is electrification. Investments during the plan period result in a portfolio of technical solutions that will enable FCA to comply with the regulatory requirements in each sales region. At the same time, the technology will also be applied to enhance the specific strengths of each brand.

The Renegade PHEV is the next step in FCA’s roll-out of Electrification, following the launches of the PHEV Pacifica Minivan and the mild-hybrid e-Torque technology launched on the Ram 1500 truck earlier this year. By 2022, FCA will offer a total of 12 electric propulsion systems (BEV, PHEV, full-hybrid and mild-hybrid) in global architectures. Thirty different models will be equipped with one or more of these systems.

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