Fiat Chrysler to produce hybrid Jeep Renegade

The seventh largest automaker in the world, Fiat Chrysler, has launched preparation to begin producing the plug-in hybrid alternative of the Jeep Renegade.

The vehicle will be manufactured at the firm’s plant in Melfi, Italy, along with the Fiat 500X crossover with a combustion engine.

The SUV is anticipated to hit the market in the first half of 2020, with Fiat Chrysler intending to offer 30 EV models by 2022.

During the review period, the manufacturer aims to develop 12 propulsion systems – including plug-in hybrid, full hybrid, battery-powered vehicles.

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This forms part of the company’s electrification strategy, which aims to conform to stricter rules regarding vehicle emissions.

The automaker announced earlier this year in June its plans to invest €9bn (US$8bn) in hybrid and fully-electric vehicles (EVs) over a period of five years.

The company will spend €200mn ($229mn) on its new combustion engine, including modernising the production plant and training workers for the new technology.

Fiat Chrysler has also committed to phasing out diesel engines across Europe within three years.

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