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Jeep Compass Hybrid: First Look

  • The Jeep Compass Hybrid debuts alongside the Renegade Hybrid as the first-ever hybrid Jeep models.

  • A new e-AWD system makes the Compass Hybrid efficient without sacrificing off-road capability

  • The Compass Hybrid could arrive as soon as 2020.

When you think of the Jeep brand, you probably think of rugged off-roaders and might not think of electrified plug-in hybrids. Jeep is showing us that you can have both with the all-new Compass Hybrid that just made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Best of Both Worlds

The Jeep Compass Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid, which means it can run on all-electric power (in this case up to 31 miles), traditional gas-power or a hybrid of the two. The big advantage of a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) over an EV is that you don’t have to worry about range anxiety as long as you have gas in the fuel tank.

You might think having an efficient hybrid Jeep means sacrificing off-road capability that the brand is famous for, but Jeep is making it sound like you can have your cake and eat it too. The Compass Hybrid that debuted in Geneva wears "Trail Rated" badging, which means it passes a series of tests that Jeep has for its SUVs to make sure they have what it takes to take you off the beaten path. It also wears the stylish and rugged Trailhawk trim, which means it’s serious about its off-road performance.

e-AWD

The Jeep Compass Hybrid has a clever e-AWD system that employs the advantages that come from the instant torque delivered by electric power. The electric motor in this Jeep Hybrid powers the rear wheels, while a traditional 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four gas engine powers the front wheels. When you have a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery, you have an all-wheel-drive Compass Hybrid. When the battery dies, it presumably drives like a regular front-wheel-drive Compass with the gas engine powering the front wheels.

The combined horsepower rating of the Compass Hybrid will be 190-240 horsepower, which is pretty strong for a compact crossover. It will be able to sprint from 0-to-60 mph in around seven seconds and it will be able to go up to 81 mph on all-electric power, but going that fast is going to drain the battery pretty quickly.

Pricing and Availability

Unfortunately, despite looking production-ready, there’s still quite a bit we don’t know about the Jeep Compass Hybrid. We don’t have an official MPGe rating and pricing and availability of this Jeep are mysteries as well. What we have heard previously is that we can expect a Renegade Hybrid (which also just debuted in Geneva) in early 2020 and we’re hoping the Compass Hybrid is on that same timeline.  Find a Jeep Compass for sale

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