Jeep launches hybrid versions of Compass, Renegade
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) debuted plug-in-hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. The system combines a turbocharged 1.3-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor that powers the rear wheels for a total output of 240 horsepower.
Running on full-electric mode, the vehicles reach up to 31 miles of range and a top speed of 81 mph. Emissions are claimed to be lower than 50 g/km by European Union measuring standards, well below the proposed 2021 target of 95 g/km.
Unfortunately, the hybrid version of the Compass will not be manufactured in Mexico since there’s no plans to launch neither the Compass nor the Renegade in the U.S.
According to a report by AutoNews (subscription required), production of both vehicles will take place at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plant in Melfi, southern Italy, which currently builds the Fiat 500X small crossover and the gasoline and diesel versions of the Renegade.
Starting next year, the factory also will produce all European versions of the Compass, which are currently imported from FCA’s plant in Toluca, Mexico.
The Compass was the most popular Jeep in Europe in 2018, with sales of 74,740, up from 15,623 in 2017.