Ever since the Jeep Renegade compact sports utility vehicle arrived in 2014, it has been powered by diesel, gasoline or flex (gasoline plus ethanol) engines. But by the start of the decade (2020), the Renegade will also feature a new electrified version, and Fiat Chrysler is already preparing for its production.
In an announcement, FCA basically confirmed the arrival of the all-new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in 2020. It will be produced at the FCA Melfi Plant in Italy, where the carmaker is also building the conventionally powered Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. The Renegade has been built at its vehicle assembly plant in Melfi, Italy as well as in production locations in Brazil and China. It is the first Jeep product to be built exclusively outside of North America.
Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer for FCA’s EMEA region, noted that more 742,000 Renegades have already been produced so far at the Melfi facility, making the compact SUV and the plant the ideal product and location to launch Jeep’s new PHEV offering.
To prepare the FCA Melfi Plant for the eventual production of the new Jeep Renegade PHEV, the carmaker will be invested a lot money. This includes more than more than €200 million in investment to build the plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Renegade PHEV. This amount already includes the cost of training all workers with regards to the plug-in hybrid technology in the new Renegade PHEV. In addition, FCA will pour more money to modernize all plants and facilities involved in the production of the new Renegade PHEV.
By 2019, FCA would have completed prototype or pre-production units of the new Jeep Renegade PHEV. These units would serve as the test units to finalize the new Renegade PHEV before the electrified compact SUV is released in early 2020.
The new Jeep Renegade PHEV is part of the 2018-2022 business plan that was presented to the financial community during the FCA Capital Markets Day on June 1, 2018. Until 2022, FCA will be injecting money to craft technical solutions that will allow it meet the regulatory requirements in each sales region while applying the resultant technology to boost the specific strengths of brands owned by FCA.
Essentially, the Renegade PHEV serves as the next phase in FCA's Electrification roll-out. It follows the launches of the PHEV Pacifica Minivan and the mild-hybrid e-Torque technology first seen on the Ram 1500 truck. By the time the business plan reaches it last year (2022), FCA would have 12 electric propulsion systems – battery EVs,