The Jeep® brand is making good on its promise to introduce us to new hybrid models. Recently, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, amid the many concept cars, Jeep automakers treated us to a model that’s actually going to get built. Starting with the two smallest models in the lineup, we can soon expect a Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid.
Although an exact timeframe wasn’t specified, FCA US LLC has previously stated an early 2020 timeline. Additionally, we don’t know everything when it comes to performance specs just yet, but we do know that both models will feature a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine paired to an electric motor putting out 240 horsepower. That engine is roughly the same as the one currently found in the 2019 Jeep Renegade.
Drivers in the Toms River, NJ area, may be wondering if a plug-in hybrid version of their favorite off-road vehicles will negatively impact their ability to venture off the beaten path. However, it seems that the electric motor actually improves things.
Thanks to the electric motor, the SUVs are capable of producing more torque, something that’s beneficial when off-roading. Additionally, the increased ability to control power output will help with maneuverability. Furthermore, these Jeep hybrid models will still be all-wheel drive. Instead of a prop shaft system, a separate electric motor powers the rear wheels, meaning you’ll get all the benefits of four wheels without some of the negatives.
Here at Lester Glenn Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, we can’t wait to offer our drivers in the Toms River, NJ area these two spectacular looking hybrid Jeep models. We’ll be sure to keep you posted about these models as we learn more. For now, feel free to visit us for all your automotive needs like Jeep service.