Buyer’s guide to the Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid

Buyer’s guide to the Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid

Jeep’s first plug-in hybrid is nearly here, and here’s what you need to know about it

This year is set to be an important one for Jeep as it’s the first time one of its cars will be offered with an electrified powertrain – specifically a plug-in hybrid of its popular Renegade crossover. 

As a firm known for producing rugged off-roaders, it might seem like a radical change from the norm. However, Jeep is promising that its new Renegade 4xe will offer even greater off-roading ability than regular versions when it reaches showrooms in September. 

Here’s our buyer’s guide to the new model…

What powertrains are available?

The new Renegade 4xe mates together a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine together with an electric motor and 11.4kWh battery, with all models featuring a new six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. 

However, two power outputs are available, with the 1.3-litre petrol engine being offered in outputs of either 128bhp or 178bhp. That means that when combined with a 59bhp electric motor, the 4xe is offered with either 187bhp or 237bhp in top-spec Trailhawk guise, which is the more off-road-centric version. 

Jeep says the Renegade 4xe can run on electricity for 26 miles, which allows it to return up to 134mpg, with CO2 emissions sub-50g/km. However, it’s not just efficiency where it excels, but also performance, as the most powerful model will be able to reach 60mph in just 7.3 seconds, and hit a top speed of 124mph. 

What trim levels are offered?

The new Renegade 4xe is available in three trim levels, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. 

Longitude – from £32,600

The Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid comes with a generous amount of standard kit, with models featuring a seven-inch digital dial system, along with an 8.4-inch media screen boasting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and a host of connected features. It also features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control with preconditioning to heat or cool the cabin remotely, along with autonomous emergency braking and a system that can detect if the driver is drowsy. 

Limited – from £34,500

Upgrade to the Limited version to get larger 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control. It also comes with full LED lighting, electric lumbar support for the front seats and heated seats. 

Trailhawk – from £36,500

At the top of the range, the Trailhawk version comes with the more powerful 237bhp output, along with more rugged styling – including a black bonnet, smaller alloy wheels with off-road tyres and Trailhawk badges. Elsewhere it comes with a heated steering wheel, reversing camera and self-parking ability and enhanced off-road tech thanks to a Selec-Terrain system. 

What about personalisation?

There’s a fantastic range of personalisation available on the Renegade 4xe, with up to 18 different colours available – including some bold colours like Bikini (blue), Omaha Orange, and Pastel (red), along with the option to have a bi-coloured roof to add some extra flair. Top-spec Trailhawk versions also come in a special matte green finish. 

Plug-in hybrids are also separated from the regular Renegade by blue exterior accents, along with a charging point on the left side of the vehicle, while four new alloy wheel designs have been created just for 4xe models. 

In terms of conventional extras, there aren’t a huge range of options, but you can choose a Kenwood sound system, electric front seats and various charging cables, depending on where you’re going to plug in the vehicle.

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