Highlights of the Jeep Compass Hybrid Concept
During the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, many great new car concepts and technology came to light. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), their main attraction was the Jeep® Renegade Hybrid and Jeep Compass Hybrid model concepts. Not only are these the first new hybrid concepts to come from FCA and their plans to go electric, but is a testament to Jeep making good on their new five-year roadmap for Jeep vehicles in the coming years. Like the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, although not in the name, the Jeep Renegade and Compass Hybrid models are actually “plug-in hybrids”, able to drive solely on electricity as well as with both power sources working in tandem. As more information is released, we have some more details on the Jeep Compass (plug-in) Hybrid.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
So, let’s talk about the powertrain in a plug-in hybrid, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Like a regular hybrid, there’s an internal combustion gasoline engine and an electric motor powered by a somewhat large battery. Jeep has yet to release specs on the battery pack, but the gasoline counterpart is a 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, able to generate up to 240 horsepower. It’s enough to power the small Jeep to a sprint of 60 mph in about seven seconds. Jeep may possibly offer more than one size battery pack, but the current Jeep Compass Hybrid concept can be driven for 31 miles solely on electricity, and drivers can expect a speed cap of 80 mph – driving that fast will most likely drain the battery faster though.
The drivetrain is where things get a little different. Because the electric motor is situated on the rear axle, that axle also gets its torque from the electric motor through a new electric all-wheel-drive (eAWD) system. The technology deletes the need for a prop shaft to transmit torque to the rear axle, now the job of the electric motor, and allows the two axles to work independently of the other. This can lead to greater off-road driving and capability now that splitting the torque of the gasoline engine between all four wheels will no longer exist. In addition, like many plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Jeep Compass Hybrid comes with three drive modes – Hybrid, Electric, and E-Save.
Wondering how much the Jeep Compass Hybrid will differ from the original? After getting some styling cues from the Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep Compass has become a more attractive and desirable model for Jeepers looking for a smaller off-road vehicle. The front fascia still comes with a set of smart, sleek HID Projector headlights, bright LED Daytime Running Lights, and signature seven slats make up the new grille. In the rear, the action is mostly the same, aside from a new 4x4e badge on the left side to denote its difference from its gas-powered counterpart. All-in-all, the body actually looks a little slimmer on the Compass Hybrid, and the standard wheels are 16-inch rollers, with 17-inch alloys as an option.
The interior cabin has a lot of things going on. Like the standard Compass that set the standard for modern technology in Jeep vehicles, the Compass Hybrid still comes with all the usual infotainment and entertainment options – Uconnect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, etc. Like many hybrid vehicles, the infotainment system will also have an app for checking out specs of the hybrid system, such as battery consumption, all-electric range, combined hybrid range, and battery level. A four-passenger SUV, the Compass Hybrid comes with a 60/40 split-fold second row, but the main complaint we’ve heard is the rear has a high loading lip that makes getting cargo into the back a bit of a hassle.
The current 2019 Jeep Compass has a starting MSRP of $21,845 (plus destination fee). With automakers complaining that hybrids are more expensive to make, some think the Jeep Compass Hybrid will come out to around $30k, not bad for a plug-in hybrid Jeep. Learn more and stay connected by following Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media.