What Is It?
2015 Jeep Renegade
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new compact SUV that slots below the Cherokee in the brand's lineup. It's considerably smaller than the Cherokee, measuring nearly 16 inches shorter overall and riding on a 4-inch-shorter wheelbase.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect to see the Renegade at Jeep dealers later this year.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the Renegade will start around $20,000, or around $3,000 less than the larger Cherokee.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Renegade comes in one four-door body style only. Trim levels for the U.S. market haven't been finalized yet, but expect a lineup similar to the Cherokee that offers three different standard trim levels along with a Trailhawk off-road version.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 160 horsepower, 170 pound-feet of torque
• 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 185 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque
• Six-speed manual transmission (1.4-liter engine only)
• Nine-speed automatic transmission (2.4-liter engine only)
• Front-wheel drive standard, four-wheel drive optional
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
To make the Renegade feel bigger inside, a My Sky roof will be optional. It's essentially a very large sunroof that can be operated either manually or with the push of a button. The Renegade will also offer a choice of either 5- or 6.5-inch UConnect touchscreen displays in the dash, along with a 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The Renegade comes standard with seven airbags. Its long list of optional safety features includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross-path detection, a back-up camera and electronic stability control with roll mitigation.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Mini Countryman: The four-door Mini is similar in size and also offers all-wheel drive. Its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine also offers nearly as much power as the 2.4-liter engine in Renegade.
Nissan Juke: Like the Mini, the Juke is similar in terms of size and power, but doesn't offer the same level of off-road ability as the Renegade.
Subaru Impreza: Long known for its all-weather capabilities, the all-wheel-drive Impreza is the most carlike vehicle in this class.
Should You Wait for It?
Anyone looking for a uniquely styled compact SUV with some real off-road chops should consider the Renegade. No other vehicles in its segment currently offer its level of capability, and even if off-road ability isn't on your radar, the Renegade's blend of features and size make it an interesting alternative in the increasingly crowded small SUV market.