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More 'Jeep' than any other Renegade

Sustainability and off-road performance are two attributes that don’t always go hand-in-hand, but the new Jeep Renegade 4XE promises to deliver more of Jeep’s core values with no compromises.

Launching this month (September), the Renegade will be the first Jeep to feature plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology, offering lower CO2 emissions, improved performance and fully electric running.

It will provide silent, emission-free, running in cities and remain fun to drive courtesy of its torquey electrified powertrain.

Drivers will have the option of charging the battery using a cable, or, alternatively, they’ll be able to replenish its charge using the petrol engine while driving. It will also recover lost energy through regenerative braking.

CO2 emissions are less than 50g/km, placing it in the attractive 12% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket and putting the Renegade firmly on the radar of company car drivers.

The 11kWh battery provides a range of 26 miles and can be recharged in less than two hours, making it ideal for urban commuters who wish to reduce their carbon footprint, but still enjoy unrestricted driving performance.

Three trim levels will be offered: Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. Prices will start from £32,600, for the Longitude.

The £34,500 Limited features leather upholstery, LED lights, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

For the ultimate off-road experience, the £36,500 Trailhawk is Jeep Trail Rated. It comes with off-road wheels, protection plates and a parking pack with rear-view camera.

All models feature a large 8.4-inch infotainment screen, which includes new features to enable the driver to monitor and adjust the performance of the hybrid system.

The Renegade PHEV is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which can deliver up to 240hp in the Trailhawk. Longitude and Limited models feature a 190hp output.

On all versions, the powertrain delivers a combination of 270Nm from the petrol engine to the front wheels and 263Nm from the electric motor to the rear wheels – significantly more than any other Renegade model.

As traction to the rear axle is provided via a dedicated electric motor rather than a propshaft, torque can be distributed independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

Damien Dally, country manager for the Jeep brand (and Alfa Romeo), says: “This new Renegade PHEV is more ‘Jeep’ than any other Renegade.

“It delivers more power, more capability and more freedom. There is no compromise in making it more sustainable and that is what the Jeep brand is all about.”