Jeep will go green in Europe as the company will offer a full electric portfolio in several markets, including Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the Nordic countries by the end of the year. As part of this effort, the brand has introduced entry-level e-Hybrid versions of the Compass and Renegade. Both models have a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque.
The company says the engine has been “designed to be best suited for hybrid use” because it operates on the Miller cycle, offers a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, and has a high-pressure direct injection system operating up to 350 bar. The engine also features a belt starter generator to “guarantee a fast and quiet transition on restart.”
The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a regenerative braking system, and an electric motor that produces 20 hp (15 kW / 20 PS) and 41 lb-ft (55 Nm) of torque. While the motor isn’t a powerhouse, it can propel vehicles at low speeds like those found in stop-and-go traffic. The powertrain also has an e-boost function, but the big news is that the e-Hybrid helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15%.
To highlight the new models, Jeep will launch a special edition Upland featuring sustainable materials and eco-friendly paints and finishes. Specifically, they have an exclusive Matter Azur exterior with a contrast black roof and 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish. They are joined by metal chrome bronze accents and hood decals.
Moving on to the cabin, shoppers will find exclusive SEAQUAL seats made with plastic taken from the Mediterranean. They feature contrast stitching, organic vinyl inserts, and the Jeep logo on the backrest. The seats will be joined by metal chrome bronze accents and materials derived from recycled plastic.
In addition to the special edition, there will be Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited, and S trims. Models will be offered in a variety of markets other than those listed above, but there is a big caveat as the latest model will come with a front-wheel drive.