Jeep is launching hybrid versions of its Compass and Renegade SUVs.

Powered by a new four-cylinder 130hp 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 20hp electric motor, these new models promise a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and lower emissions than those of the petrol vehicles they will be replacing.

Kerbweights and towing limits have yet to be confirmed, but the outgoing petrol Renegade has a kerbweight of 1320kg and a legal towing limit of 1250-1450kg, depending on the exact model.

The Jeep Compass e-Hybrid has a kerbweight of at least 1430kg, and a legal towing limit of 1000kg to 1500kg, depending on the model. Prices start from £31,130 for the Renegade and £32,895 for the Compass. That makes the new hybrids far more affordable than the existing plug-in hybrid 4xe versions, although these do have the benefit of four-wheel drive, whereas the more affordable hybrids are front-wheel drive.

There are two Renegade versions: Upland and S. In addition, Night Eagle and Limited trims will be available to Compass buyers. All models feature Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, with an 8.4-inch screen in the Renegade or a 10.1-inch in the Compass, which integrates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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  • Price: From £32,895
  • Kerbweight: 1450kg (est)

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