Jeep Renegade: New for 2015, Taking the World by Storm
Set to be sold in over 100 countries and offered with 16 powertrain combinations the Jeep Renegade took to the world stage at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. Ready to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Jeep Renegade is ready to excite and inspire the world with its signature Jeep looks from the grill and boxy look as well as its uniquely Euro-styling that is seen in the cartoonish shape of the vehicle.
As another one of the partnership projects from Chrysler and Fiat the Renegade was designed in America and will be built in Italy. Even though it will be the smallest vehicle in the Jeep lineup, it is set to comfortably seat up to five to head out on the road, or off the road, whichever is the desire. The Renegade is expected to be full of the most updated technology including the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system and a nine speed automatic transmission that first showed its face in the Cherokee of 2014. The Renegade is small with an overall length of only 166.6 inches, it falls right between the Min Countryman and the Fiat 500L.
Starting from the front the Renegade does look truly Jeep with the signature seven-slotted grill and round eyed headlights, but after that the rest of the vehicle appears to have taken on a Euro-style never seen in a Jeep before. The windows take up most of the cabin and offer a much better visibility than would otherwise be expected and the roof opens via the My Sky open-air roof system that allows panels to be removed either manually or by use of power operation.
With 16 powertrains being offered there are many different four-cylinder choices that will be fitted in the Renegade around the world. The two that will be offered in the US will be a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that reaches 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and a 2.4-liter engine that offers 184 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. The 1.4-liter engine will be fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and the 2.4-liter will offer a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both will be outfitted with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive depending on the owner’s preference.
What is going to make this a true Jeep and not another boring crossover SUV; Jeep dealers tell us that it’s the ability to go off road with confidence, agility, ability, and power. Add to this the incorporation of superior driving dynamics, integrated frequency selective damping shocks, a world-class braking system, and the four-wheel independent suspension makes the off road performance obvious and easy to understand for anyone who gets to see this vehicle up close and personal.
Off road numbers that will impress and entice off road loves come in the form of the 8.7 inch ground clearance, 30.5 degree approach angle and the 20:1 crawl ratio on the four-wheel drive. All of this allows the Renegade to get into and out of tight spots with capability that is not seen in other crossover SUV’s, making this truly a Jeep. The Renegade will offer two four-wheel drive systems the Jeep Active Drive Low for the “Trail Rated” Renegade Trailhawk which adds a terrain-selection system including a “Rock” selection for larger more difficult obstacles. This version will also be able to move through up to 19-inches of water and be equipped with front and rear skid plate and tow hooks. This trail beast will also ride on 17-inch all-terrain tires to handle all these off road adventures.
The other version of the four-wheel drive either US version of the Renegade will offer the regular Active Drive system. Even though this isn’t as strong on the trails it still offers a nice amount of off road capability to ride the well ridden trails to the lake or campsite. Both systems can optimize the Renegade for snow, sand or mud with just the push of a button.
As the unveiled Renegade does look mostly like a Jeep the interest will come with what is offered in each of the over 100 countries it will be available in. Jeep has offered the entire world a reason to follow the Renegade and see how popular and successful this vehicle is on the world stage.