Jeep's Renegade raises the bar for small SUVs
The new Jeep Renegade marks a series of firsts in the brand's history.
Now on sale in the UK, the Renegade is Jeep's first entry into the small SUV segment. It is also the first Fiat Chrysler Automobiles car to be jointly developed by Italian and American engineers.
Those aren't the Renegade's only firsts. It also becomes the first small SUV to feature a nine-speed gearbox, is the first in its segment to have rear axle disconnect and is unique in class thanks to the My Sky sunroof that gives occupants a true open-air driving experience. It is also the first in its segment to feature a seven-inch full colour multi-view display screen.
The designers were challenged to come up with a look that would symbolise Jeep's American heritage while appealing to youthful and adventurous car buyers. The result is "rugged yet chic" thanks to a combination of the brand's classic styling elements such as the seven slot grille and round headlamps.
Meanwhile, a new architecture beneath the body enables the Renegade to achieve Jeep's 'Trail Rated' status. This means the new model will be able to combine best-in-class off-road ability with impressive on-road driving dynamics. The Renegade comes with two innovative 4x4 drive trains that have been designed to provide traction in any environment.
Available on Longitude or Limited models, Jeep Active Drive is a fully automatic 4x4 system that slips between two- and four-wheel drive as road and driving conditions dictate. This enables it to limit understeer and oversteer for safer driving.
Inside, the Renegade is lined with functional details crafted from high-quality materials, which are finished in stylish new colours. It also boasts best-in-class interior space and storage areas.
Onboard equipment has been designed to boost on-board comfort. Advanced technology includes the intuitive Uconnect touchscreen for infotainment with a choice between 5 and 6.5-inch screens. Options include the unique-to-segment My Sky, which has two lightweight panels that can be easily removed and stowed in the boot.
The Jeep Renegade is available with a choice of six engines, including three petrol and three diesel units, which can be specified with a choice of four transmissions, including a nine-speed automatic.