Jeep Compass hybrid 2020: specs, details and 4xe badging revealed

The Jeep Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) arrives in summer 2020; orders for the First Edition are now being taken in selected markets

Jeep Compass hybrid

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Jeep Compass SUV is on the way in 2020, with orders for a special First Edition model now being taken in selected markets and first customer deliveries expected in June.

The Compass hybrid will use the same petrol-electric drivetrain as the Jeep Renegade hybrid and both models will wear new '4xe' badging to designate their electrified status. A plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler is also in the pipeline. The system consists of a 1.3-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels married to an electric motor drawing at the rear, with a maximum combined power output of 237bhp.

Jeep is promising a circa-30-mile range in fully electric mode for both the Compass and Renegade, along with sub-50g/km CO2 emissions and a charging time of just over an hour and a half from a 7.2kW wallbox. A 0-62mph acceleration time of around seven seconds is also expected. 

Jeep Compass 4xe First Edition specifications

At launch, the Compass hybrid will initially be offered in First Edition specification, which can be ordered through a special web portal by customers in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria until 9 March.

Depending on the market, either and 'Urban' (based on the regular S trim level) or 'Off-Road' (based on the regular Trailhawk trim level) will be available. Jeep says that both will include "comprehensive technological and driving assistance features as standard, along with a full package of home and public recharging solutions" and come with the most powerful 237bhp form of the Jeep PHEV drivetrain.

The Urban configuration will ride on 19-inch wheels, while the more off-road-orientated Trailhawk gets 17s. Standard equipment on either encompasses bi-xenon headlights, the Jeep 'Uconnect' navigation system, smartphone integration, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and driver-assistance features such as a rear-view camera, park assistance, parking sensors, powered door mirrors and keyless go.

Jeep describes the Urban as offering "a sporty look and a top-level trim in terms of elegance, content and technological equipment", while the Off-Road boasts the brand's trademark 'trail-rated' four-wheel-drive capability.

Speaking about the hybrid models' off-road prowess, Jeep's head of product marketing, Marco Pigozzi, has said that "The move from mechanical to electric all-wheel-drive is a massive improvement – it’s more capable than the conventionally powered Jeep. The enormous torque on offer from the electric motor allows [the car] to easily crawl over rocks and obstacles. And the fact that it’s mounted on the rear axle means [the car] is pushed up hills rather than pulled.”

Following the initial launch phase, a full range of Longitude, Limited, S and Trailhawk trim levels will be offered. Exact UK-market pricing and specifications for these have yet to be confirmed. Previously, Jeep has confirmed that it'll completely remove diesel engines from its range over the next few years, with hybrid and electric taking its place. In all, the company is going to invest almost £8 billion in electric and hybrid power in that period.