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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently announced it has begun preparations to start production of a Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid model. The action is part of the automaker’s commitment to electrification of more of its vehicles in order to comply with the new, tougher, emissions rules. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world, had announced in June that during the next five years it was prepared to invest at least $10.3 billion to build electric and hybrid cars to fully comply with the new emissions regulations being enacted in markets around the world.

Just The Beginning

Producing a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade is just one step in its mission to meet the more stringent emission standards. FCA has also pledged that by 2021 the diesel engines in its European passenger cars will be phased out. The company said it will spend over $200 million euros to develop the new engine. The plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade will be produced in Southern Italy at the FCA plant in Melfi. The plant already produces the model’s combustion engine version, as well as the Fiat 500X crossover. FCA said the plant will be modernized and workers will be retrained to use the new technology.

More Electric Vehicles From FCA

According to FCA, buyers can expect the plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade to hit the market beginning early in 2020. The company also plans to produce vehicles powered by 12 different electric propulsion systems by 2022. Those will include battery electric vehicles, full hybrids and plug-in hybrids. FCA said it will produce 30 different models that will have one or more of its electric propulsion systems as standard equipment. The automaker had previously announced that sometime in the near future it would begin producing a Jeep Wrangler with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. While not available for a test drive, you can check out a Jeep Renegade at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Coming To America

Although commercial production of the Jeep Renegade PHEV is expected to be in full swing by 2020, it’s uncertain when it will hit the North American market. FCA unveiled a five-year plan that included developing a front-wheel-drive platform to be used on the Jeep Cherokee as well as the smaller Renegade. The automaker also said it would fit an electric motor on the vehicles which would power their rear wheels. Jeep had expressed a desire that by 2022 the American market would have access to eight Jeep plug-in hybrid models. The release of a plug-in hybrid Wrangler in 2020 was expected to be the first of those vehicles.

Meeting Its Target

There aren’t many vehicles powered by electricity on the FCA roster. In the 2017 model year, the company introduced the Chrysler Pacifica minivan’s hybrid version. There’s also a mild hybrid version of the Ram 1500 pickup. That leaves FCA with lots of work left to do to meet its target of 30 electrified models by 2022. Sergio Marchionne, the former FCA Chief Executive didn’t embrace electrification because he felt it wasn’t profitable. However, tougher emissions rules and Tesla’s success has spurred FCA to commit electric vehicles.



Jeep has recently announced that the newly refreshed 2019 Renegade, the smallest model its lineup, will get a brand new engine and a new gearbox on its top trims along with some slight styling changes. The changing of the engine on the top trims is a bit unusual in that the new one has less horsepower than the 180 horsepower, 2.4-liter engine offered as an option on the entry-level model and standard equipment on the Renegade’s Sport and Latitude trims. There’s also new front fascias, new taillights, new wheels, new active safety features, adjustments to the air intake and more body-color trim.

The New Engine

The 2019 Jeep Renegade’s new engine is a 177 horsepower 1.3-liter turbo four that delivers a healthy 200 pound-feet of torque at just 1,750 rpm. The 1.4-liter Multiair turbo four engine it replaces puts out 175 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. Now the top engine, the new 1.3-liter turbo is now an option on the Sport and Latitude trims and standard equipment on the Limited and Trailhawk models. Jeep’s new engine working in tandem with a nine-speed automatic transmission is expected to yield better fuel economy as well as lower emissions. This is combined with stop-start and new active grille shutters. The Renegade has a new driveline with an increased crawl ratio of 21:1 which delivers a little more low-range shove off-road when combined with Active Drive Low. Jeep has gotten rid of the 6-speed manual transmission and even though the new Renegade can run on 87 octane, 91 octane is what Jeep recommends.

Styling And Safety Changes

A new front fascia and LED lighting on some of the trims is among the first thing people notice on the 2019 Jeep Renegade. The vehicle also has a lower new air intake and depending on which trim you pick, there’s more body-color trim. The 2019 Renegade also has new taillights and the Latitude and Limited trims have available 19-inch rims.
The Renegade has also added several new features that are now a part of the vehicle’s active safety suite. They include adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and parallel/perpendicular park assist as part of its available Advanced Tech Group. To see how well a Jeep fits into your lifestyle, you can take one for a spin at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. While you can’t get your hands on a 2019 Jeep Renegade, you can buy a 2018 Jeep Renegade now.

A Better Renegade

With its new turbo engine, new colors, styling upgrades to the front and rear fascias, LED headlights, taillights and fog lamps, new advanced safety features, stop-start tech and nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Jeep Renegade looks and performs better than ever before. With an MSRP of $23,625, the new Renegade offers great value and the potential for lots of exciting adventures. The refreshed crossover, which is built in Italy, is available with both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. Even though the 2019 Jeep Renegade has a smaller engine, it is actually more powerful.

Whether your work or play keeps you on the paved roads or off-road and off the beaten path, the new 2019 Jeep Renegade is capable of handling it all with ease and style and will look very good doing it.