Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid could hit Indian shores sometime in 2020, promises 50km range on full electric mode
The plug-in hybrid is suddenly the need of the hour for a major number of automakers around the world. Iconic American car brand Jeep too has entered the fray and showcased Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Not only Compass but the Renegade SUV too has received this electrification touch. The plug-in hybrid tech offers 50km full electric mode. Also, the Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid is capable of running at a top speed of 130 kmph on fully electric mode.
The Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid is expected to hit Indian shores sometime in 2020. Power source for the Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid and Renegade plug-in hybrid is a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. This same engine works under the hood of the Jeep small SUV in North America. The IC motor comes mated to an electric motor fitted to the rear axle.
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Combined, the plug-in hybrid powertrain churns out around 237 bhp of power. However, Jeep indicates, the final number could go up further. Power is sent to all the four wheels, but there is no physical connection between the front and rear wheels. This is the similar technology used in Volvo T8 models and is several Toyota hybrid cars. Jeep says, the technology offers more precision control of torque split between two axles, a necessary factor for off-roading.
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Jeep Compass has been instrumental for the FCA to turn around in Indian market. The SUV proved to be the most successful model of the group in India. With India thriving for greener mobility solutions, Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid could prove to be an interesting product. Also, this will certainly boost Jeep Compass’ appeal further. An electric or electrified SUV with good off-roading capability is always a very alluring proposition. However, pricing of the SUV will play a key role for the Indian buyers.