Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade Electric Hybrid Options to be branded with ‘4XE’

Earlier this year we heard of FCA trademarking a new term; 4XE. We expected this was a hint, signalling a new electric 4x4 type vehicle was going to be unveiled soon. Coming fresh to CES 2020 in Las Vegas, FCA will debut the first of three new electric option vehicles from the Jeep family! 


If we slow this down for a minute, and reverse time back three years, we’ll remember that Jeep chief Mike Manley had announced plans for an electric Jeep Wrangler to be released in 2020. 


It looks like FCA has maintained its 2020 goal and they’re going to showcase, not only their electric Wrangler but an electric Renegade and Compass along with it. The Jeep Wrangler 4XE vehicle will make it’s debut in Las Vegas at CES 2020. More details on the Renegade and Compass models will follow at Auto shows in Geneva, New York and Beijing. 


"Jeep electric vehicles will be the most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, providing absolute and quiet open-air freedom while taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level. With greater torque and immediate engine response, Jeep electric vehicles will offer an even more fun-to-drive experience on the road, and more capability than ever off-road," FCA said in a news release about its CES plans. Also promoting that its electrified offerings as “efficient and responsible.


At previous events, FCA has said that the electric Renegade and Compass would have an electric range of about 48 kilometers. The electric motor would be paired alongside a 1.3 litre turbocharged gas engine. Coupling these together in the Renegade, they would provide 190 to 240 horsepower with acceleration 0 to 95 KMPH in about seven seconds. 


FCA also touted an impressive promise; every model in their Jeep lineup will offer an electric option by 2022. That sounds so far into the future, but it’s already 2020. They also announced a newer Fiat concept Centoventi (120). The concept 120 is a smaller city car designed to be “hyper customizable”, boasting an impressive electric range from 95 to 480 kilometers. As most concept cars rarely are built for consumers, it will be interesting to see if this sudden push to electric vehicles will alter this concept Fiat 120’s mass-production fate.

 
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