After the recent update, it looks like FCA prepares another very interesting novelty for this subcompact SUV. It has been confirmed that the 2020 Jeep Renegade is coming with a new, plug-in hybrid powertrain. This powertrain is a part of the company’s new electrification plan and the Renegade will be one of the first models to get electrified powertrain. Other than a battery pack and electric motors, the new version shouldn’t be much different compared to standard models. As you probably know, this capable crossover has been updated recently and now comes with improved styling, as well as with some novelties on the inside.
On the other side, standard models will continue with familiar gasoline units, including the recently-introduce MiltiAir turbo-four unit. Also, keep in mind that the 2020 Jeep Renegade will probably cost much higher compared to base models.
2020 Jeep Renegade Powertrain
Of course, the most important thing about the new 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid. The new powertrain has been confirmed and the latest reports suggest we are about to see a plug-in hybrid technology. A good thing about the hybrid version is the standard all-wheel drive. Count on a relatively large battery pack and one or a couple of electric motors, which will take care of the rear axle. On the front axle, the power will come from one of the company’s familiar gasoline units. Although many reports suggest some of Fiat’s smaller turbo units, we won’t be surprised if we see a large 2.4-liter from Chrysler either. In any case, the whole system will be similar to one that powers Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will come with a relatively large battery, as we already mentioned. Therefore, count on the all-electric mode as well. Still, don’t expect any spectacular range in this mode.
2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid Redesign
Other than a new powertrain, the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will probably come with the identical design. Of course, we could see a couple of small details that would accentuate its electrified character, but the overall design will remain the same. That means pretty familiar platform and mechanics, which are shared with another subcompact crossover, Fiat 500X. The Renegade comes with pretty distinctive styling, with a quiet lifestyle design approach. It is also good to mention that the company did a facelift recently. The changes were rather mild, but we can notice novelties in several parts of the crossover. The most notable are new bumpers, which feature sportier design and new fog lights and air intakes. Also, there are new headlamps, borrowed directly from the Wrangler. Given these recent changes, the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid probably won’t’ come too many distinctive details. Besides badging, we should also see new wheels and maybe some exclusive color options.
2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid Interior
On the inside, this could be slightly different compared to standard models. As we already mentioned, the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will feature a similar hybrid system to the Chrysler Pacifica. Therefore, the battery will be placed probably under rear seats, which would affect interior space and cargo capacity. Still, we don’t expect drastic changes in terms of cargo volume, which in standard model goes around 18.5 cubic feet behind rear seats.
In terms of the overall cabin layout, this will be pretty much the same. Front seats will remain untouched, so you can count on a pretty high level of comfort, thanks to a generous leg and headroom. Also, a strong point of this crossover is very good visibility in all directions.
The dashboard layout will remain practically the same. Of course, the instrument cluster will come with some tweaks, adapted to a hybrid powertrain. We could see some new color combination, but the overall design will remain the same. This means a pretty average interior quality, with a fine portion of hard plastic surfaces.
When it comes to standard equipment, we presume that the 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid will come much better equipped than base gasoline versions. More precisely, we expect that the new model will be on par with higher trims of the current model. In practice, this means a long list of the latest tech goodies. We count on the biggest, 8.4-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB ports, dual-zone climate control, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto etc.
In terms of safety, we also count on much more than a rearview camera. Base gasoline models come with plenty of available safety systems so the list of potential candidates is pretty long. Some of them are adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors etc.
2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid Release Date and Price
The 2020 Jeep Renegade Hybrid should arrive sometime in the next year. The starting price will probably go around 30.000 dollars.