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The Jeep Compass Mild Hybrid Debuts With New 1.5-litre Turbo-petrol Engine


Unlike most mild-hybrid offerings, the MHEV Jeep can be driven in pure electric power

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Jeep has introduced a new mild-hybrid option for the Compass SUV in the UK. And unlike other MHEVs, the mild hybrid (MHEV) Compass can run on pure EV power for certain applications.

In most cars, 48V mild hybrid systems are meant to offer torque assistance or electric coasting for improved fuel economy. But Jeep’s system, a 20PS/55Nm electric motor that has been clubbed with a new 130PS/240Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine, is slightly different. 

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With decent output from the electric motor, you can drive the SUV in pure EV power in stop-go traffic and while parking. Anything more than this, the petrol engine will come into play. Mind you, Jeep hasn’t revealed the electric drive range of the SUV. As with all mild-hybrid vehicles, the SUV has regenerative braking, allowing it to recoup lost energy into the battery pack while decelerating. This system seems to have an advantage over the regular crop of mass market mild-hybrids. 

Transmission duties are taken care of by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

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To commemorate the launch of the mild-hybrid Compass, Jeep also revealed a new Upland Special Edition in the UK. It comes finished in Matter Azur body colour with a blacked out roof and alloy wheels. Bronze touches on the grille and a rear skid plate add a dash of contrast. Inside, certain bits are now used from recycled materials to denote Jeep’s green credentials. 

In India, Jeep is preparing the facelifted Compass Trailhawk for a February launch. The manufacturer’s other big launches this year will be the 7-seater Toyota Fortuner rival and the locally assembled Grand Cherokee

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