Winter driving can be challenging and even dangerous for many drivers, especially when the road conditions are wet, slippery, or icy. That’s why choosing the right vehicle and tires is essential for a safe and comfortable ride in the cold season. In this article, we will explore how the new Jeep 4xe technology and winter tires can enhance safety and performance in cold weather, using the examples of the Jeep Renegade and Compass 4xe models.
What is Jeep 4xe Technology?
Jeep 4xe technology is the name of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system that powers the Jeep Renegade and Compass 4xe models. It combines an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver a total output of up to 240 hp and a top speed of up to 200 km/h. The system also provides an average electric range of 50 km and a total range of over 500 km.
The main advantage of Jeep 4xe technology is that it offers the best of both worlds: the efficiency and environmental benefits of electric driving and the power and reliability of gasoline driving. The driver can choose between three different driving modes: Electric, Hybrid, and e-Save.
- Electric mode: The vehicle uses only the electric motor to power the rear wheels, resulting in zero-emissions driving. The ICE only turns on when necessary, such as when the battery level is low or when a kick-down is performed.
- Hybrid mode: The vehicle uses both the ICE and the electric motor to optimize performance and efficiency. The system automatically decides how to distribute power between the front and rear axles, depending on the road conditions and the driver’s input.
- e-Save mode: The vehicle uses mainly the ICE to save battery power for later use. The driver can also choose to charge the battery while driving using the regenerative braking system.
What are Winter Tires?
Winter tires are specially designed to perform better in cold weather than regular or all-season tires. They have a different tread pattern, rubber compound, and construction, allowing them to grip better on snow, ice, and wet roads. Winter tires are usually marked with a symbol of a snowflake inside a mountain, indicating that they meet or exceed the industry standards for winter performance.
The main benefits of winter tires are that they improve traction, handling, braking, and stability in cold weather, reducing the risk of skidding, sliding, or losing control. Winter tires also last longer in cold temperatures than regular tires, as they do not harden or crack as easily.