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Jeep Renegade: now with PHEV drivetrain

The new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) – the first electrified Jeep model to reach the UK – will carry 4xe branding when it goes on sale in September.

With CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero tailpipe emission electric only range of up to 26 miles, the Renegade 4xe PHEV will fall into the 12% BIK tax band in 2020/21.

The new Jeep Renegade 4xe line-up comprises three trim levels – Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk – all featuring four-wheel-drive (eAWD) and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Prices start at £32,600 on-the-road for the Longitude trim, with Limited models available from £34,500 and the top of the range Trailhawk at £36,500.

A 120hp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine drives the front wheels in Longitude and Limited models, while a 60hp electric motor driving the rear wheels is located on the rear axle. Trailhawk models have a more powerful petrol engine delivering 190hp, which, together with the 60hp electric motor, gives total power output of 240hp.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes around 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 124mph or 81mph in electric mode. WLTP fuel consumption of 123-134mpg.

In all models, an 11.4kWh battery powers the electric motor, rechargeable while driving or through an external power outlet or charge point. Charging from a regular socket takes around five hours, while a 7.4kW wallbox can deliver an 80% charge in less than two hours.

Jeep’s legendary off-road ability is at its best in the Renegade 4xe with the electric motor producing 250Nm and the combustion engine in all variants delivering 270Nm.

The full functionality of the 4xe four-wheel drive is guaranteed by Jeep’s ‘Powerlooping’ function when the battery charge level is low. This ensures that the front electric motor, mechanically connected to the internal combustion engine, continuously generates high-voltage current to power the rear electric motor and deliver maximum traction regardless of the state of charge of the battery.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes around 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 124mph or 81mph in electric mode. WLTP (Low) fuel consumption figures are 134.5mpg for Longitude and Limited models, and 128.4mpg for the Trailhawk.

All versions of the Renegade 4xe are fitted with the interactive Uconnect™ navigation and infotainment system with Bluetooth® and an integrated full colour HD touchscreen of up to 8.4″. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are standard equipment giving you full access via touch controls or Siri voice command to everything from maps to your messages.