Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jeep Plugs in with Electric Renegade

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jeep Plugs in with Electric Renegade

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Byline: David Ward

IT'S still very early days yet but Jeep enthusiasts will soon be able to see the company's first electric-powered model in the shape of a Renegade PHEV.

The plug-in hybrid will offer an electric motor with at least a 31-mile driving distance on pure electricity but with the battery supported by a 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph in around seven seconds and a CO2 of just 50g/km.

Like all car makers, Jeep is going down the electric power route, although it will be some time before the vehicle appears on our roads.

In the meantime, it's business as usual with the main attraction for September new-registration Jeep buyers being the recently revamped, redesigned and vastly improved Wrangler, still one of the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made.

Available in the usual choice of Sahara, Overland and Rubicon trims and specifications, the Wrangler remains one of the most attractive true off-roaders around with prices starting at around a highly competitive PS44,800 mark.

This latest Wrangler is certainly far more civilised in terms of both its make-up and general driving ability than ever before, although prices are not cheap with this entry-level Sahara two-door priced from PS44,920. There are two new engines - a 2.2-litre 200bhp turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre 272bhp - and as a question of which one to choose is as usual down to individual preference but the diesel is probably the choice for those drivers who will regularly go serious off-roading because of its excellent low-down torque.

The petrol versions will still achieve the off-road adventures but with that 272bhp under the bonnet it makes for a much quieter and more civilised on-road experience in my book There are basically three versions of this new Wrangler, starting with the Sahara, then the Overland and finally the 'true grit' of them all, the Rubicon, which the true Jeep connoisseurs will truly relish with all its extra off-roading gear on board. …

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