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Jeep Drops Details on "4xe" Plug-in Hybrid Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade

CES provides a backdrop for advancing Jeep's electrification plans

Kelly LinAuthor

Jeep is getting serious about electrification, and it now vows to offer an electrified—read: hybridized—version of every model by 2022. Its green revolution ramps up this year, in fact, when the automaker confirms it will roll out plug-in-hybrid versions of its Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade.

The three vehicles will carry a "4xe" badge, as will all electrified vehicles from the Jeep brand moving forward. Jeep says full details on the Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade 4xe will be revealed at the Geneva, New York, and Beijing auto shows, respectively, but consumers will get a first taste at CES 2020.

We knew this was coming. Jeep confirmed plans for a pluggable, hybridized Wrangler back in 2017, and we saw Euro-spec plug-in versions of the Compass and Renegade at last year's Geneva Motor Show. The European Compass and Renegade get a 1.3-liter turbo-four paired to an electric motor system. With this setup, Jeep estimates the Renegade plug-in can run from zero to 60 mph in around seven seconds, and produce a total output of 240 horsepower.

Although we don't have many U.S.-specific details, including fuel-economy information, Jeep is making big promises for its electric vehicles. "With greater torque and immediate engine response, Jeep electric vehicles will offer an even more fun-to-drive experience on the road and more capability than ever off the road," Jeep said in a recent release. The company also just finally introduced a diesel version of the Wrangler to America, which itself promises plentiful torque and increased economy.

Stay tuned for more information from CES 2020, where FCA will also showcase the Airflow Vision concept.

 

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