Like many other automakers, the Jeep brand has also joined the makers of electric vehicles, with the company introducing its electric SUVs Jeep Renegade 4Xe, and Jeep Compass 4Xe plug-in hybrid in 2020, followed by Jeep last year. The Grand Cherokee 4Xe was also launched. This is in line with the company’s “zero-emissions” SUV strategy, which aims to add an electric variant, as well as introduce a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant in every category of its line-up by 2025. Now, the company is going to introduce its same plan in the Indian market as well. The American carmaker wants the central government to consider reducing the tax on hybrid models, which currently stands at 43 per cent (28 per cent GST plus cess), thereby reducing the tax on hybrid models. These alternatively operated vehicles should be prevented from becoming more expensive.
In a recent chat with carandbike, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier told us that the brand is looking to introduce its 4xe plug-in-hybrid model in India, but the higher tax rates of 43 per cent on the PHEV will make them an expensive vehicle. Nevertheless, the company is optimistic and is currently in talks with the concerned departments regarding the same.
Every Jeep plug-in hybrid vehicle carries a 4xe badge and is said to be the most fuel efficient Jeep SUV ever. The 4xe technology offers a zero-emission drive and a line-up of new plug-in hybrid electric models that offer great range and easy charging. The new plug-in hybrid electric technology enhances the power of the Jeep SUV. On one hand, it improves off-road prowess while on the other hand, it also improves on-road performance in everyday driving. The “first edition” of both the Jeep Renegade 4Xe and the Jeep Compass 4Xe were launched in early 2020.
Both the Jeep Renegade 4Xe and the Compass 4Xe come with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine coupled to an electric motor located between the rear axle, powered by an 11.4 kWh battery, powering it externally while driving or at home. Recharge can be done through plug-in. This engine produces either 130 Bhp or 180 Bhp of power output, along with 60 Bhp produced by the electric motor to generate a total power output of up to 190 Bhp or 240 Bhp, depending on the variant. In terms of torque, the electric motor produces 250 Nm, while the petrol engine is capable of producing 270 Nm. This combination can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in about 7.5 seconds, while fully electric the SUV comes with a top speed of 130 kmph, while in hybrid mode, it is allowed a top speed of 200 kmph. She goes.