FCA’s Melfi plant in Italy is undergoing preparations for production of the Jeep Renegade PHEV, which is scheduled for market launch in early 2020.
The Renegade PHEV will be produced alongside the Renegade and 500X combustion engine products that are currently produced at the Melfi vehicle assembly plant.
The pre-production units of the new Jeep Renegade PHEV are scheduled for 2019, with investment in the new engine surpassing €200m (US$230m), including a commitment from FCA to train all workers in the application of the new technology. The plant facilities involved in the production will also be modernized accordingly.
“With over 742,000 Renegades produced to date in Italy, the Melfi plant and the Renegade are the ideal location and the perfect product to launch the PHEV, further strengthening the offer of this highly successful Jeep”, said Pietro Gorlier, chief operating officer EMEA region.
The Renegade PHEV is the next step in FCA’s roll-out of electrification, following the launches of the PHEV Pacifica Minivan and the mild-hybrid e-Torque technology launched on the Ram 1500 truck earlier this year.
By 2022, FCA will offer a total of 12 electric propulsion systems (BEV, PHEV, full hybrid and mild hybrid) in global architectures. Thirty different models will be equipped with one or more of these systems.