Jeep has announced a new mild e-Hybrid powertrain for its Renegade and Compass crossovers, which promise far greater efficiency. 

Recently the American 4×4 brand has launched plug-in hybrid ‘4xe’ versions of both cars, but the introduction of these new e-Hybrid versions strengthen Jeep’s electrified offering further. 

Featuring a new 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 128bhp and 240Nm of torque, it also uses a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The ‘hybrid’ element to it comes from a 48-volt electric motor, which – unlike some other mild-hybrids – is able to drive the wheels without the engine.


This is possible on an electric start-up, at slow speeds that would normally be completed in first gear (such as in heavy traffic and when parking) and also when coasting. A range of electric operating modes are available to drivers, too, though they vary depending on the battery charge status and the power required. 

Part of the system also includes a belt-starter generator, which enables a smooth switch between petrol and electric power, while regenerative braking helps charge the e-Hybrid’s battery. Jeep says these changes make the e-Hybrid up to 15 per cent more efficient than the outgoing petrol engines. 

To mark the introduction of the e-Hybrid, Jeep is also launching a new ‘Upland’ special edition. Also available on the 4xe, these versions come painted in a cool Matter Azur paint colour, along with featuring a two-tone black roof and cool bonnet decal. Gloss black alloy wheels are also fitted, while there’s bronze detailing around the grille and rear skid plate.


Inside, Jeep has aimed to highlight the model’s sustainability with seats made from Seaqual, a material made using recycled plastics extracted from the Mediterranean, while a range of other components are derived from recycled materials. 

Both models are on sale now, with prices starting from £31,130 for the Renegade e-Hybrid and £32,130 for the Compass e-Hybrid.