Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Melfi Italy plant is gearing up to produce the plug-in version of the Jeep Renegade, alongside the current Renegade and Fiat 500X siblings.
“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.
Although FCA has not signalled its intention to market the tiny crossover in North America when production versions start coming off the line in 2020 (with pre-production vehicles ready in 2019), speculation is that it will.
FCA has also not disclosed what the Renegade PHEV powertrain would be, with speculation about the gasoline engine being the new 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, as FCA is ramping up training of line staff with the new engine and hybrid applications.
As with just about every car company, FCA has extensive electrification plans for 2020 and beyond, planning 30 different models (BEV, PHEV, full and mild hybrids) across its lines, and saying Jeep alone can expect a dozen models by 2022.