The Jeep Renegade was introduced for the 2015 model year. The Renegade is the smallest Jeep made since the original Jeep CJ was sold after the end of World War II.
Jeep Renegade Overview
The Jeep Renegade is part of a growing segment of subcompact crossovers and SUVs. It shares the same platform with the Fiat 500X and is built alongside it at the same plant in Italy. The Renegade is the first Jeep sold in this country that’s built on another continent, and Jeep is positioning the Renegade as a global product to be sold in over 100 markets worldwide.
There are a lot of common Jeep design attributes that are a part of the Renegade, such as the seven-slot grille, taillights and raised stance. It is also boxy, just like its big brother, the Jeep Wrangler. The Renegade is a four-door model with an upright liftgate. In keeping with Jeep tradition, the optional My Sky roof system uses a key to unlock the panels for a true open-air experience.
Jeep’s design language continues inside, with details that resemble a topographical map on several storage surfaces. Instrumentation is unique to the Renegade, with accents that are color coordinated with the body and a 7-inch color information display. Seating is for up to five, with expandable cargo space available by folding the rear seat. Jeep offers several Uconnect infotainment system options as well. Power windows and door locks and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel are standard across all models.
Two available engines power the Renegade, including a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission and a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. These engines are either driven through the front wheels or an available four-wheel drive system. The four-wheel drive system comes with a terrain selector with different drive modes for the conditions the Renegade will face. Opt for four-wheel drive and the Renegade is the only vehicle in its class with a two-speed transfer case and dedicated low-range gearing.
Available safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a rearview camera. Anti-lock brakes, stability control and seven air bags are standard.
The Jeep Renegade aspires to be a standout in the subcompact crowd, which includes competitors like the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Fiat 500X. The advantage of an available two-speed transfer case and rugged Jeep styling help the Renegade distinguish itself from the rest.