Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Jeep Renegade is set to launch in 2020.
Preparations are underway for the Renegade PHEV to be manufactured at the Melfi plant in Italy where it will be produced alongside the Renegade and 500X full combustion engine products.
FCA claims the cost of retooling and modernising the Melfi plant to bring the new Renegade to showrooms will eclipse €200 million ($324 million Australian dollars).
Electrification is one of the key pillars of the 2018-2022 business plan for FCA with the Renegade PHEV the next step in the rollout of electrified vehicles. The new Renegade follows the launches of the PHEV Pacifica Minivan and the mild-hybrid e-Torque technology on the Ram 1500 truck earlier this year.
By 2022 twelve electric propulsion systems, including BEV, PHEV, full-hybrid and mild-hybrid, are expected to be offered in global architectures with roughly thirty different models featuring one or more of these systems.
Pre-production units of the Renegade PHEV will roll off the line in 2019 with production models scheduled for market launch in early 2020.
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