The 2015 Jeep Renegade b-segment SUV became official today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This is the first Jeep that was designed for sale on all the markets in the world and as many reports suggested it shares the same platform with the Fiat 500L and the upcoming Fiat 500X crossover.
According to Jeep, the design of its small b-segment SUV is reminiscent of the 2002 Jeep Liberty, but this time the Renegade is smaller and more advanced than the mentioned vehicle. Jeep designed the Renegade especially for customers in Europe, Asia and Latin America, but will also offer it in the United States in 2015.
2015 Jeep Renegade is available with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that generates 160 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque, bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Moreover, Jeep offers a bigger 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 184 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque, bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.4-liter engine is offered as standard in the Sport and Latitude models, while the larger engines will be available as standard on the Limited and Trailhawk models. Fuel economy is expected to be more than 30 mpg. 2015 Renegade is available as an option with the Active Drive a.k.a. full-time all-wheel drive.
The Jeep Active Drive features automatically disconnecting power takeoff and rear differential that reduce parasitic losses when more traction is not needed. Inside, the 2015 Jeep Renegade comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a digital instrument cluster, electronic parking brake, terrain-select dial and depending on the trim level, offers chrome of brightly colored accents.
Jeep formalizes its entrance into the small SUV segment with the new Jeep Renegade. From the onset, designers were aiming to make the Renegade capable of delivering best-in-class off-road capability while featuring city-sized proportions exuding Jeep’s rugged yet functional styling. They were also aiming to create a vehicle that would symbolize American design and ingenuity.
Lastly, designers were aiming to make the Renegade capable of providing youthful and adventurous customers with world-class craftsmanship and efficiency as well as open-air freedom of the Jeep Wrangler. With all these in mind, designers based the Jeep Renegade on the Wrangler, thereby bearing its dynamic stance and rugged body forms, as well as aggressive proportions. Just like the Wrangler, the Renegade features departure angles designed to deliver best-in-class capability.
At the front, Renegade can be easily recognized as a Jeep, thanks to its signature seven-slot grille and large circular headlamps on the top of the front. Just located below the grille, a two-piece front fascia is aerodynamically tuned and features body-color on the upper part and molded-in-color on the lower portion. Contributing to the Renegade's rugged bodyside form are short overhangs, trapezoidal wheel arches and a blend of fluid shapes broken up by chamfers.
Customers could avail of the optional daylight opening to further boost the Renegade’s contemporary look. At the sill of the Renegade is a lower molded-in-color accent cladding for added protection. Likewise, the weight of the Renegade is lightened by visually placing more painted body above the wheel centers. The side profile is connected to the rear by a Jeep shield-shape that ties in the rear backlight as well as Wrangler-like square tail lamps with black accent surround.
The Renegade’s tail lamps bear a new "X" form design theme inspired by military equipment, particularly the iconic gas can. Jeep also offers two optional open-air roof systems that allow occupants to enjoy open-air freedom.
One of these systems is a large electric dual pane sliding glass roof while the other is 'My Sky,' which offers panoramic open air experience with the Renegade X" design theme. This system features two lightweight panels -- front and rear -- that can be easily removed and stowed in the rear cargo area.