Renegade is the smallest crossover with a Jeep badge on it. This is an efficient ride with excellent fuel economy. However, to keep up with competition, the parent company, FCA, will add a new version. That is the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid whose premiere we can expect pretty soon. This is not the only vehicle in the family to get such drivetrain since the Compass SUV is also getting a similar setup. These is the latest news from the FCA and the whole automotive industry can’t wait to hear further details.
Well, it is obvious that Jeep is after a greener and more efficient model. Exactly that is what they are getting from this launch. Also, the 2020 Renegade Hybrid will expand the offer to the new segment, which will become more and more popular in the future. Well, it is already crowded with rival’s products. So, this move positions the US company at the same level as Toyota, Nissan, and Ford. These companies are currently offering subcompact crossover SUVs with a hybrid engine.
2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid Release Date and Price
We could listen to speculations about the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid during the second half of the last year. However, now it became official. It proves an old saying – where there is smoke, there is fire. And now, in March, FCA confirmed that Renegade and Compass are getting hybrids in 2020. Well, it could be late next year so these vehicles could arrive as 2021 models. But, chiefs said these two will be part of 2020 season lineup. What’s more, we are somehow surprised to hear that plug-in versions are also going to be there.
The spokesmen also gave us some details about performance, but the people from Jeep were quiet about the price. Well, we can predict the cost of the new Jeep Renegade Hybrid will be around $22,000 and the PHEV technology will raise it up to $25,000.
2020 Renegade Hybrid Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Renegade Hybrid will be a 1.3-liter petrol unit. This one is a part of a Euro-spec crossover. It replaced a 1.4-liter turbo-four unit. A 1.3-l drivetrain is capable to produce 180 hp. However, next season it is getting support by an electric battery that will make the total power jump to 250 horsepower.
The company released expectations from this unit. According to engineers, the plug-in hybrid version of the crossover will be able to go 31 miles by using only an electric motor. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will need seven seconds to reach 60 mph from the stop, and the top speed of the new model is 80 mph.
Well, fuel economy numbers are not official yet. Standard crossover returns 27 mpg, which is not among the best records in the segment. With a hybrid setup, these numbers will jump to 31-32 mpg combined. Of course, the Renegade Hybrid will make better performance in urban conditions than outside the cities on the open road.
2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid Off-Road
The 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will be more efficient. It is also a greener vehicle with emissions cut to a minimum. Finally, a tuning of the drivetrain system will lead to better off-road performances. By positioning batteries in the back, rear wheels will get more power. Engineers will drop prop shaft. That will split torque to wheels which need the most twist. This is not so notable when riding on the road. Off the road, you will need this feature to keep the balance and stability of this subcompact crossover. Maneuvering is boosting precision thanks to rear-wheel torque received by an electric motor.
2020 Renegade Hybrid Design
Renegade crossover had a major facelift recently. So, there is no need for new changes and updates of the crossover’s look. Still, minor modifications are required, and the 2020 Renegade Hybrid will get new cluster panel and infotainment screen. There, a driver can read all the necessary info about the hybrid or PHEV system and battery levels.
The standard offer will include USB ports, Bluetooth and other connectivity options. 16-inch wheels are installed by default. The Renegade Hybrid will also get larger rims at buyers choice. This version will also offer unique paint jobs, different from standard models. Special off-road upgrades could mean the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will be available with Trailhawk package.
Beats audio system, removable top or sunroof, and all-wheel drive are optional for the 2020 Renegade Hybrid. Furthermore, we are sure that the company will offer leather seats with heating and advanced safety features through optional packages and higher trim levels. The new crossover will be built in Italy. One of the partners in FCA company is Fiat, and the Renegade will roll out of its plant in Melfi. This factory will have the capacity to produce units both for US and European markets.