Jeep is positioning its Renegade at the higher end of the hotly contested and booming subcompact SUV segment. The Renegade will be sold in 100 countries, including European markets and the U.S.
Jeep pushes Renegade's off-road skills
Jeep says the Renegade is aimed at “youthful and adventurous customers.”
The Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit that improves fuel economy in the 4wd models. The system instantly engages when 4wd traction is needed.
How good is the 4wd?
The Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4wd trail rated capability, Jeep says, with features such as a 20:1 crawl ratio and 20mm (0.8 inches) increased ride height.
Poor visibility when backing up. The driver has difficulty seeing what is behind the car because the view is blocked by pillars on either side of the small back window.
The Renegade is a true off-roader, while rivals are either crossovers or SUVs that offer only limited off-road capability, said Chris Ellis, Jeep's Europe boss. The Renegade will also attract customers who otherwise would not consider a Jeep due to the high prices of other models such as the Grand Cherokee.
Launch date: September (Italy); Q4 (rest of Europe), Q1 2015 (U.S.)
Base price: 23,500 euros (Italy)
Platform: Fiat Chrysler small-wide 4x4
Where built: Melfi, Italy
Lowest CO2 emissions: 115g/km
Main rivals: Skoda Yeti, Mini Countryman
The Renegade is the first model developed from scratch by Fiat and Chrysler. It shares about 40 percent of its components with its sibling, the Fiat 500X. Both are built at Fiat’s plant in Melfi, central Italy. Jeep touts the SUV as “designed in America, crafted in Italy.”
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The Renegade will offer a nine-speed transmission, which Jeep says is a first for a small SUV. In Europe, the Renegade will have four gasoline and two diesel engines, as well as a choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.