A Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid will be part of the model’s portfolio in early 2020, father or mother automaker Fiat-Chrysler Cars confirmed on Monday. The Melfi manufacturing plant in Italy has begun making ready for the electrified Renegade variant as a part of FCA’s wider electrification technique.
The automaker mentioned the Renegade plug-in shall be constructed alongside the common mannequin and the 500X on the Italian manufacturing facility. Pre-production is scheduled to start in 2019 earlier than the tiniest of Jeeps with an electrical motor baked in launches someday in 2020.
The brand new plug-in hybrid ought to launch with the mannequin’s refreshed seems. The 2019 Renegade confirmed face this 12 months with tweaks to the outside design.
We have additionally heard a mild-hybrid system may be part of the powertrain portfolio. Known as Jeep eTorque, the system would mimic the one within the 2019 Ram 1500 and make use of a big starter motor so as to add torque from a cease and get well misplaced vitality.
Particulars on the plug-in hybrid system are slim, however FCA will certainly borrow expertise from its first plug-in hybrid system discovered within the Chrysler Pacifica. FCA mentioned the powertrain will allow the corporate to adjust to new regulatory necessities in varied areas it does enterprise. Notably, Europe and China have begun to introduce extra stringent emissions and gasoline economic system rules.
FCA mentioned its subsequent five-year plan, organized underneath the late CEO Sergio Marchionne, will see 12 electrical powertrains come to market. They may embody battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and mild-hybrid programs, and by 2022, FCA will promote 30 autos geared up with one of many different powertrains. The automaker has notoriously shied away from electrification previously and Marchionne famously mentioned electrics weren’t viable. That is starting to alter.