8.10.2018Jeep reveals Renegade plug-in plans
Jeep has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid if its Renegade compact SUV will come along in 2020, as news is reported that its Melfi plant in Italy is being readied to produce it.
The Renegade PHEV will be built on the same lines as the conventional Renegade and Fiat 500X, though no powertrain specifications have been announced yet.
The model is the first since the FCA Group announced in summer that the company's brands are to be electrified. As one of the company's more affordable and global brands, Jeep will be a key player in that move.
The Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee SUVs will all get the PHEV treatment by 2021, with four pure-EVs and ten PHEVs due by 2022. They will join similar efforts from the likes of Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat in bringing electric powertrains to the forefront of the group's brands.
The Melfi plant has had more than 200 million euros invested in it as part of the preparations for the new model, including training for all workers on the application of PHEV technology.