Jeep Compass and Renegade get MHEV technology in Europe
- Jeep is introducing e-Hybrid mild-hybrid systems for the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engines in the European-market Compass and Renegade.
- MHEV systems allow electric-only starts and slow speeds, as well as regenerative braking and e-Coasting that recover energy during deceleration.
- Front-wheel-drive models will be offered in Europe, where hybrids of all types are in high demand, including 4xe PHEV Jeeps.
Plug-in hybrids are not the only type of hybrid powertrains adopted by Jeep. The automaker has just unveiled a mild-hybrid powertrain (MHEV), dubbed e-Hybrid, in two of its existing models, with the Renegade and Compass getting that option. They will share display space next to the current 4xe PHEV models, but only in Europe for now.
Designed to be an entry point into electrified Jeeps, the e-Hybrid system combines new 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engines rated at 130 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, part of the family Global Small Engine from Stellantis, with an integrated 48 engine. -Volt electric motor (20 hp) producing an additional 40 lb-ft of torque, equivalent to 100 lb-ft at the gearbox. The engines themselves are mated to new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
A compromise, however, is that these are front-wheel-drive models.
Benefits include fully electric propulsion at start-up and low speed, regenerative braking, e-Coasting which recovers energy during deceleration, as well as e-Boosting which increases torque to the wheels when needed . This includes scenarios such as using only electric power to drive in slow-moving traffic or when parking maneuvers in a garage or parking lot. Another benefit is 15% lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions than previous versions of the gasoline engine, according to Jeep.
“The braking system of the new Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid includes the Intelligent Braking System which includes an ‘automatic charge’ function using mixed regenerative braking to maximize kinetic energy recovery and improve efficiency,” adds the car manufacturer.
The Renegade itself, produced in Italy, was offered with a wider variety of powertrains in Europe due to the specific tastes of different local markets. For example, the model has also been offered with a diesel in Europe for years, while the current focus on hybrids is driven by electrification trends in Western and Northern Europe. Jeep notes that 4xe plug-in hybrid models currently account for more than 25% of the brand’s sales in Europe.
“Today’s announcement builds on the success of our current 4xe plug-in hybrid portfolio and is another step towards the full electrification of our full product line in Europe,” said Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep. BrandEurope. “The Jeep Compass and Renegade e-Hybrid provide a new entry point into our electrified portfolio, strengthening our sales momentum by bringing more hybrid options to more European customers. This product expansion will continue into the summer. this year with the introduction of the 4xe version of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.”
The e-Hybrid models represent curious compromises in the name of electrification, which might be more easily enjoyed in Europe than in the United States. But there’s perhaps no obfuscation that it’s stop-gap technology, occupying a niche below PHEV models while still offering some of their benefits. How long the MHEV era will last, as Jeep parent company Stellantis moves towards greater electrification, is a separate question, but for now it makes sense in a hybrid-friendly Europe.
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