Jeep Compass hybrids confirmed for Australia in 2024, petrol and diesel axed

Jeep Compass hybrids confirmed for Australia in 2024, petrol and diesel axed
Jeep Compass hybrids confirmed for Australia in 2024, petrol and diesel axed

Jeep’s Australian division is due to add hybrid versions of the Compass small SUV to its local line-up in 2024 – but the electrified models will come at the cost of its petrol and turbo-diesel grades.

The Australian division of US car-maker Jeep has announced its plans to launch two hybrid versions of the Compass small SUV in local showrooms next year – while the existing petrol and turbo-diesel engines will be discontinued.

In a media statement, Jeep said it intends to bring the Compass e-Hybrid mild-hybrid and Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to Australia in the first half of 2024 (January to June inclusive).

The introduction of the Compass hybrids will result in the small SUV’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol and 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines being phased out, with the line-up eventually consisting only of electrified grades.

While the existing Australian-delivered Jeep Compass petrol and turbo-diesel are produced in India, the Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe are exclusively built in Italy.

Overseas, the Jeep Compass e-Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine – developing 97kW/240Nm on its own – and a 15kW/55Nm electric motor, which drive the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Jeep’s plug-in hybrid Compass 4xe uses a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – available with 96kW or 132kW and 270Nm overseas – to drive its front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, while the rear axle is powered by a 44kW/250Nm electric motor.

While the Compass e-Hybrid’s system can only give a small boost at low speeds – delivering fuel economy savings in city driving and allowing the engine to shut off while parking – the Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid can drive at up to 130km/h in its electric-only mode.

Jeep also claims the Compass 4xe can achieve up to 50 kilometres of driving range courtesy of its 11.4kWh battery pack and regenerative braking, while returning a claimed fuel consumption of 1.5L/100km on the European WLTP test cycle.

By contrast, the Compass e-Hybrid’s fuel consumption is claimed to be between 4.7L/100km and 5.1L/100km, according to UK publication Car.

Jeep Australia says it will announce more details about the Compass e-Hybrid and Compass 4xe closer to the model’s local launch in 2024.

The post Jeep Compass hybrids confirmed for Australia in 2024, petrol and diesel axed appeared first on Drive.

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