2014 Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade (FAQ)

2014 Geneva Auto Show


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    2015 Jeep Renegade Picture

    The Renegade is Jeep's latest attempt to build an ultra-compact, yet still trail-worthy SUV. | March 03, 2014

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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.

Comments

  • So much better looking than the Cherokee.

  • kokomojoe kokomojoe Posts:

    An imported Jeep??

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Is there an automatic option with the 1.4? I think this looks better than the Countryman and more practical than the Juke. How is the size relative to the Soul, which I see a ton of around Chicago?

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I love that the rear end is practically verticle rather than the space wasting slant that you see on so many CUV's and small wagons these days.

  • Interesting little jeep - I would caution to call it off road worthy (uni-body). Will this be the FIRST FWD Jeep offering? Tiny little engines! Starting @ $20K...? Let us assume that's the FWD, 1.4. I'm going out on a ledge here, AWD with the larger engine and a few option packages, leather, closer to $25,000 +....

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    i really like it. cant wait to see it in show rooms

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    @taco the compass and the patriot are both fwd so no its not the first fwd jeep

  • morey000 morey000 Posts:

    Great looking little Jeep! Love the interior style as well.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    I need to see this in the metal. The pictures are not flattering.

  • Thanks bassrockerx - I don't follow jeep all that much, good info! I only go with RWD or 4WD.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    It has an upright, squared off body like the long-lived XJ Cherokee but somehow Fiat managed to make it look like a toy version of either the Kia Soul or Nissan Cube. Who do they test market these designs with? Are they old enough to drive?

  • syslog syslog Posts:

    Chrysler needs to seriously reconsider the design of the front grill of all their Jeep models. Right now this Renegade looks more like it should be called the "Jeep Aztek". Redo the front and it won't look too bad...

  • urbanxj urbanxj Posts:

    This vehicle would make a better Cherokee replacement than the current turd using its name.

  • kokomojoe kokomojoe Posts:

    Looks like a Gremlin

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