The Jeep Renegade is one of the most popular subcompact SUVs in Europe, offering a unique blend of off-road capability, urban practicality, and distinctive design. For 2024, the Renegade is getting a facelift with a new steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, and an updated infotainment system. But the most significant change is the addition of a hybrid powertrain that promises to reduce emissions and fuel consumption while enhancing performance and driving range.
What is the Jeep Renegade 4xe?
The Jeep Renegade 4xe is the hybrid version of the Renegade, which combines a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor and an 11.4 kWh battery pack. The engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels, creating a four-wheel-drive system that can operate in three modes: Hybrid, Electric, and eSave.
In Hybrid mode, the system automatically switches between the engine and the electric motor or uses both, depending on the driving conditions and the battery level. In Electric mode, the system uses only the electric motor, providing zero-emission driving for up to 31 miles (50 km) at speeds up to 81 mph (130 km/h). In eSave mode, the system preserves the battery charge and uses only the engine or both to recharge the battery.
The 2024 Jeep Renegade 4xe has a total output of 190 or 240 horsepower, depending on the trim level, and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 or 7.1 seconds, respectively. The hybrid system also improves the fuel efficiency and the CO2 emissions of the Renegade, which are rated at 134.5 mpg (1.8 l/100 km) and 40 g/km, respectively, in the WLTP cycle.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe also features a regenerative braking system, which recovers kinetic energy during deceleration and braking and converts it into electricity to recharge the battery. The driver can choose between two levels of regenerative braking: Normal, which provides a similar feel to a conventional vehicle, and Max, which increases the braking effect and allows for one-pedal driving.
How to Charge the Jeep Renegade 4xe?
The Jeep Renegade 4xe can be charged in several ways: by using the regenerative braking system, by using the engine as a generator in eSave mode, or by plugging into an external power source. The Renegade 4xe comes with a Mode 2 cable, which allows charging from a standard domestic socket in about 5 hours. Alternatively, the Renegade 4xe can be charged faster by using a Mode 3 cable, which allows charging from a public or home charging station in about 1.5 hours.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe also comes with a smartphone app, My Uconnect, allowing the driver to monitor and control the charging process remotely. The app also provides information on the battery level, the driving range, the nearest charging stations, and the CO2 savings. Additionally, the app allows the driver to schedule the charging sessions, pre-condition the cabin temperature, and locate the vehicle.
What are the Benefits of the Jeep Renegade 4xe?
The Jeep Renegade 4xe offers several benefits for drivers who are looking for a subcompact SUV that is versatile, efficient, and eco-friendly. Some of the benefits are:
- Reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions lower the running costs and the vehicle's environmental impact.
- Access to restricted traffic zones, parking areas, and charging stations increases the convenience and mobility of the vehicle.
- Enhanced performance and driving range improve the driving pleasure and the vehicle's reliability.
- Improved off-road capability expands the possibilities and the adventures of the vehicle.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe is not only a hybrid SUV but also a true Jeep, which means it can handle any terrain and weather condition with ease. The Renegade 4xe features the Jeep Active Drive Low system, a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a low range and a 20:1 crawl ratio. The system also includes the Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose between five modes: Auto, Snow, Mud, Sand, and Rock.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe also features the Jeep Active Drive Assist system, which is a semi-autonomous driving system that can steer, accelerate, and brake the vehicle on highways and in traffic jams. The system uses a camera and radar to detect the lane markings and the vehicles ahead and can be activated by pressing a button on the steering wheel. The system also includes the Adaptive Cruise Control, the Lane Keep Assist, and the Traffic Jam Assist functions.
How to Order the Jeep Renegade 4xe?
The Jeep Renegade 4xe is available to order in Europe since January 2024, with deliveries expected to start in March 2024. The Renegade 4xe is offered in four trim levels: Longitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and S. The prices start from $34,000 (€29,900) for the Longitude, $37,000 (€32,900) for the Limited, $40,000 (€35,900) for the Trailhawk, and $42,000 (€37,900) for the S.
The Jeep Renegade 4xe also comes with a range of accessories and services, such as a home charging station, a wall box, a public charging cable, a three-year warranty, and a five-year roadside assistance. The Renegade 4xe also benefits from a tax incentive in some European countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, which can reduce the purchase price by up to $9,000 (€8,000).