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Jeep Renegade Hybrid: First Look

  • The Jeep Renegade Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid Jeep model.

  • An electrified all-wheel-drive system means the Renegade keeps its off-road character.

  • 31 miles of range means short trips and commutes can be achieved without burning any gas.

Along with the Jeep Compass Hybrid that was unveiled alongside it, the all-new Jeep Renegade Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid Jeep. It’s a plug-in hybrid which means it can run on just electricity with a gas engine kicking in when the battery dies, eliminating the range anxiety of an EV.

Trail Rated

You might not think of hybrids as being particularly rugged, but as we’ve seen on the new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, electrification can actually be a big advantage off-road. The Renegade Hybrid that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show proudly wears Trail Rated badging and the Trailhawk trim level, which indicates serious off-road performance.

This Renegade Hybrid has its electric motor powering the rear wheels and a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine powering the front wheels. That means when you’re driving in all-electric mode, this Renegade is rear-wheel drive. When you’re using both the electric motor and the gas engine, it’s all-wheel drive and when the battery dies, it drives like a regular front-wheel-drive Renegade. The Renegade Hybrid that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show proudly wears Trail Rated badging and the Trailhawk trim level which indicates serious off-road performance.

Going the Distance

The claimed all-electric range of the Jeep Renegade Hybrid is 31 miles, which is better than the aforementioned Crosstrek Hybrid and it even beats the electric range of the Toyota Prius Prime. The fastest the Renegade Hybrid can go on electric power alone is 81 mph, but obviously, the faster you drive, the faster the battery depletes. That’s still good enough for brief highway jaunts without requiring any gas.

The performance numbers of the Renegade Hybrid are a little vague at this time, but what we know is that it will have a combined horsepower rating between 190-240 horsepower and a 0-to-60 mph time of about seven seconds. That means it will make more horsepower than the non-hybrid Renegade with the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine thanks to the assistance of the electric motor. As of this writing, the MPGe rating of the Renegade Hybrid is unknown.

Pricing and Availability

Specifics on pricing and availability of the Jeep Renegade Hybrid are unknown, but we’ve heard previously that a Renegade Hybrid would be available in the U.S. as soon as early 2020, possibly as a 2021 model. Find a Jeep Renegade for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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