‘City Minded’ New Renegade Offers a Completely Different Take on Jeep
by Marcus Amick
When it comes to living up to high expectations, there might be none tougher in the world of cars than a new vehicle bearing the Jeep badge.
Over the nearly 75 year history of the brand, the nameplate has established itself as one of the most respected in the world with a lineup built around SUVs like the Grand Cherokee and one of the most coveted SUVs in the world, the Wrangler.
Now, the carmaker is offering a much smaller take on the nameplate, but it’s every bit Jeep just with a completely new spin.
The new 2015 Renegade, which is available in four trims, is packed with a lot of the same features and 4×4 capabilities you’ll find in the Wrangler in a more compact package. The Renegade that will appeal most to true off-road enthusiasts is the 4×4 trail rated Trailhawk Edition, which is the most capable in the lineup.
However, there’s so much more to Jeep’s latest entry, namely its practicality as a Jeep geared for the city found more in the other models that include the Sport, Latitude and more premium Limited Renegade.
The new compact SUV, priced between $18,000 to $26,000, is available in two engine options, a 2.4-liter or a 1.4-liter Turbo engine, both scoring solid marks in one of the most important areas as a Jeep for the city, namely gas mileage.
Featuring the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission for the segment, the 2.4-liter engine has a fuel economy rating of 22 city and 31 highway, which also makes it ideal for weekend escapes.
Even when it comes to elements like the overall ride and cargo space, the Renegade has been engineered with city dwellers in mind, far exceeding what you’d typically expect when it comes to performance and space in a compact SUV.
With more than 70 available advanced safety and security features, the Renegade is also one of the most high-tech vehicles in the segment. In addition, it features Chrysler’s popular Uconnect Infotainment system, that when fitted in the Renegade, includes the segment’s largest full-color configurable 7-inch gauge cluster with Wi-Fi hot-spot capability.
Then, of course, there’s the Renegade’s size, which makes perfect when needing to maneuver into those hard-to-park spots that can make those city commutes more of a hassle than anything else.
The compact Jeep is also available with the segment’s first Forward Collision Warning system that uses radar and video sensors that can detect whether the Renegade is approaching another vehicle in its path too rapidly and warns or assists the driver in avoiding or mitigating the incident.
Now, how’s that for city appeal?