Jeep is presenting in Geneva the smallest vehicle in its lineup, the Jeep Renegade.
While it is not a hybrid or an EV, we are talking about this small Jeep as it may become a nice fuel-efficient choice for those who like to head off the beaten path or simply want a conventional but small and fuel efficient SUV.
This 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture.”
Jeep explained with its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk model), the Renegade is expected to offer best-in-class off-road capability in the small SUV segment. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.
Jeep added the Renegade will offer up to 16 powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:
- Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
- Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
- Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
- Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
- Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
- Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings
When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine – the engine we are most likely going to have in North America – the nine-speed transmission is said by Jeep to deliver smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Renegade Trailhawk model will be the one customers who wish to go off road will choose and Jeep states this version delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability.
The Trailhawk model will add these features:
- Standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio)
- Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
- Increased ride height 20 mm (0.8 inches)
- Skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks
- Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
- 17-inch all-terrain tires
- Up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation
- Hill-descent Control
- Up to 480 mm (19 inches) of water fording
- Up to 1,500 kg (3,300-lb.) towing capability with MultiJet II diesel engine and 907 kg (2,000-lb.) towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with available tow package
Benefiting from Fiat’s worldwide reach, this Jeep will be offered in many markets around the world.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”
The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Italian Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s powertrain production sites includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.
More details on which powertrains will be offered in the U.S. as well as fuel consumption ratings will be known closer to launch date.