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Three new plug-in hybrid electric Jeeps coming with "4xe" badging

Jeep has announced that the Renegade, Compass, and Wrangler will all be getting PHEV variants in the coming year.

Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

It's no secret that Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is behind the curve when it comes to electrification of its fleet. That's something the all be helped thanks to the company's forthcoming merger with PSA Group. At CES this week, Jeep took a big step forward showing off three plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) SUVs.

The Jeep Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade PHEVs coming down the line will all carry the new "Jeep 4xe badge". This will be the badging on all forthcoming electrified Jeep vehicles.

Jeep 4xe bagdge PHEV variants of Jeep vehicles will have unique badging.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

PHEVs benefit from the best of both types of fuel supply. They have a battery pack that holds a charge that usually holds around 30 miles of all-electric range. The battery pack is powered via a cord and plug outlet that can be attached to either a charging station or a household electrical outlet. Power regeneration usually comes from braking and coasting, which allows the battery to recharge without being plugged in.

The vehicles also have a hybrid component with electric motors that run on power supplied by both the battery and gasoline. That's right, there's a fuel tank in the vehicle in the traditional place, though it's usually smaller than what is in a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle.

Jeep is saying that the forthcoming production variants of these vehicles will be the "most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, providing absolute and quiet open-air freedom while taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level."

When can you expect to see the models for yourself? Jeep is touting official debuts of the vehicles this year at the Geneva, New York, and Beijing auto shows. The Geneva show is the first one on the calendar, happening the first week of March.

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Ahead of its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, Kia has released images of the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento. The midsize three-row SUV's last redesign was in 2015.

Kia says that its design was inspired by "refined boldness" but really it just looks like the Seltos and Telluride mated and formed an attractive offspring. Sure, it's refined and bold, with a more sculpted design than its predecessor. There's plenty of geometric detail, as is apparent on the other Kia models, and elongated proportions.

2021 Kia Sorento face front The front of the Sorento is reminiscent of the Seltos.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The SUV has a longer wheelbase this this fourth generation than in the past

Sorento gets new "tiger eye" LED daytime running lights in this iteration, which thankfully do not pop out like the Sportage's.

The inside of the Sorento shows off what Kia does best - deliver high-quality, premium level design and appointments to the masses. Kia brags that the 2021 Sorento has, " One of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date." There are metallic trims, leather upholstery, and embossed wood-effect surfaces

Its sophisticated design features fresh technology that Kia calls "intuitive." There's a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen front and center on the dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

2021 Kia Sorento rear back The rear of the Sorento is similar to the Kia Telluride's backside.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The automaker is also promising that the redesigned Sorento is more comfortable than in the past. Unlike the Hyundai Santa Fe, which was downgraded to two rows when the Palisade debuted, the Sorento is retaining its three-row design for 2021.

Kia has confirmed that there will be a 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid model.

The three-row 2020 Kia Sorento starts at $26,990. It is likely that Kia will continue to offer the Sorento at a starting price near that level in its new generation. That 2020 Sorento was named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars for the Money.

2021 Kia Sorento cabin interior The Sorento's cabin is an evolution in Kia design.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The new Sorento will make its debut on March 3.

There's a new horse in town - actually, 1,233 horses.

Photo courtesy of Czinger

The man behind the Divergent Blade, a 3D-printed supercar, is at it again. Czinger Vehicles is poised to debut its U.S.-developed model, the 21C in front of the crowd during the Geneva International Motor Show in early March.

An early peek at the car has revealed Pagani and Koenigsegg-like looks and a smiling LED taillight at the rear sitting below a giant wing. Led by company CEO and founder Kevin Czinger, the designer of the Divergent Blade, Czinger Vehicles has put forth some impressive stats regarding the C21. It says that it has 1,233 horsepower and can get from zero to 62 mph in 1.9 seconds.

Czinger 21C hypercar At the back is a smiling LED taillight.Photo courtesy of Czinger

In an interview last year with Road and Track, Czinger said, "We're looking to combine computing power, science, and additive manufacturing into one system."

Ahead of the car's debut Czinger has released two hype videos:

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When describing the Divergent Blade, Czinger revealed that it's made of 3D-printed sections that are fused together using reinforced carbon fiber elements. That structure also included aluminum and titanium. The 21C likely features much of the same components.

We already know that the 21C will not have traditional seats. Like in a fighter jet or a Renault Twizzy, the two seats will be one behind the other at the center of the car.

Czinger will build customer versions of the 2C1 in Los Angeles where the company has its headquarters. The company already has a worldwide dealer network with salespeople in Los Gatos, Beverly Hills, Miami, Mexico City, Dallas, New York, London, Munich, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart.

Czinger 21C hypercar The car has Pagani and Koenigsegg-like looks.Photo courtesy of Czinger

Watch for more news on the model following its debut in Switzerland on March 3. Follow all of our Geneva International Motor Show coverage here.