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2015 Jeep Renegade : Current Models

With Italian roots, fuel-efficient powertrains, and a brilliant, activity-influenced design that somehow manages to be cute and ruggedly handsome—plus, let’s not forget, the vaunted Trail Rated badge that means it’ll live up to what it suggests, the 2015 Jeep Renegade may very well be the best effort yet to come from the marriage of Fiat and Chrysler. At first glance, it’s hard to find fault with the packaging and design, inside or out.

You won’t find the kind of It masterfully skirts the line between retro and modern on the outside, offering up rugged good looks and classic Jeep proportions and cues, while mixing in enough fresh details—like the utilitarian ‘X’ themes that distinguish the taillamps and roof and are carried through inside. As for the cabin, we see its design as mixing nostalgia and sophistication—with just enough playfulness. Jeep calls the look Tek-Tonic, and it’s stocked with soft-touch surfaces contrasting with ‘clamp fastener’ anodized accents, grab handles, and plenty of bins. Are there accessories? Yes indeed—from a cold-air kit to a canoe carrier and a tent.

Although the Renegade does share some underpinnings with the Fiat 500L, it’s quite different in the way it’s packaged and set up. The seating position (front and back) is different in the Renegade, and the steering wheel has actually been moved to provide the right (somewhat more upright) driving position. Although we’ve only briefly crawled around the Renegade’s cabin at this point, we think that the seating placement and rather low (for a utility model) beltline should afford an airy feel inside and just enough space for four adults. And overhead, there’s a huge (available) My Sky roof-panel system.

Jeep is splicing the Renegade into the Jeep lineup just below the Patriot, and it’s careful to note that it’s not replacing the Patriot. There’s not all that much of a difference in size, though. At an overall length of 166.6 inches, a width of 71.0 inches, and a height of 66.5 inches, the Renegade is only about seven inches shorter in length than the Patriot—although it’s actually slightly wider and taller, overall. Cargo volume is 18.5 cubic feet with the rear seatback up. Fold it down to the quite low cargo floor and you get 50.8 cubic feet.

Although there will be a wider range of engines and transmissions—including diesel models—in international versions of the Renegade, the U.S. will for 2015 have a choice between two engine/transmission combinations that are familiar from the current Fiat and Chrysler lineup: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) and six-speed manual gearbox, or a 2.4-liter ‘TigerShark’ four (184 hp, 177 lb-ft) with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both will run on regular-grade gasoline.

The Renegade has a layout that’s car-like (and car-based) but certainly not lacking in toughness or capability. While it has MacPherson struts with a full front cradle in front, in back, the Renegade gets a Chapman-style independent suspension that replaces the 500L’s twist-beam layout, as well as a stability control system that’s tuned for the different modes of SelecTrac—prepping it for top performance when the conditions turn muddy or snowy. Koni frequency selective dampers should help ride quality on coarse and washboard surfaces without hurting handling. And despite additions like stronger front frame rails, the new suspension, and other structural improvements, the Renegade is virtually the same weight as the 500L (around 3,250 pounds). All models get strong stopping power from four-wheel vented disc brakes, and the anti-lock system has a rough-road detection feature.

Two four-wheel drive systems will be offered on the Renegade. Active Drive 1 includes an all-wheel drive system that will send power to the rear wheels when it detects slip in front—or for more subtle intervention in the name of stability (it can send up to 100 percent to the front or rear wheels as needed). Meanwhile Active Drive 2—in the Trailhawk model—adds a 20:1 crawl ratio, higher ground clearance, hill descent control, skid plates, a full-size spare, and impressive approach and departure angles. Trailhawks have a ground clearance of nine inches, and it has up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation. There’s no skimping on water-fording ability either—its limit is 19 inches. Trailhawk models have a shorter 4.334 final-drive ratio that enables its crawl (versus 3.734 for the other 2.4-liter models).

There’s no word yet on fuel economy figures—although Jeep is already boasting that the Renegade has a 0.36 coefficient of drag, which is quite good compared to other small crossovers with such upright designs.

Safety-wise, the Renegade will offer the first collision warning system in a Jeep; it’s also the first Jeep model with lane departure warning. Blind spot monitoring is also available. The Renegade includes seven nairbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax airbags, and full-length side-curtain bags.

Available features will include and a Uconnect Access system that will provide 911 emergency services, a remote-access phone app, and on-demand wifi hot-spot capability. Jeep says that the system’s seven-inch, fully configurable instrument cluster is the largest of its type in the segment. The top Uconnect system will now read text messages and send dictated messages. SiriusXM Travel Link provides real-time traffic updates, local fuel prices, and weather conditions, plus other info services.

At this point there’s no word on pricing and trim levels other than those top models; we’ll update this page with more as soon as those details are announced.

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