We’ve entered an era in which every major auto show is now headlined by electrified vehicle debuts. While we’re now used to this era, having Jeep be part of that trend is a newer concept. The off-road brand leveraged this week’s Geneva Motor Show to announce two new plug-in hybrid models.
Sitting on the show floor is a plug-in version of the Jeep Renegade, but Jeep will also be rolling out a plug-in Jeep Compass with the same powertrain. Both SUV’s will be powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine up front and an electric motor in the rear, enabling all-wheel-drive without the complexity of a traditional all-wheel-drive system.
Jeep isn’t offering a tremendous amount of detail about the new powertrain, other than saying it is good for a combined 240 horsepower and both models will have the ability to run on electric-only for a finite number of miles.
While these two models are Jeep’s first plug-in models (at least for Europe), it won’t be the last. Jeep has already confirmed plans to rollout a plug-in hybrid variant of the JL Wrangler and Grand Cherokee in the coming years.
No word yet on when the plug-in Renegade and Compass will arrive stateside, but they will be launching in Europe first.