We were the first ones to spot the Jeep Renegade testing in India and it has been seen on test several times since. One of our readers, Aniket Pawar spotted the Renegade once again on test. The Jeep Renegade is based on the platform of SCA (Small Car Architecture) and this is the same platform on which the Fiat Punto and Linea are based on. There have been many rumours floating about Renegade coming to India, after getting in touch with our sources we have learnt that this new compact SUV will be making its way into India next year.Jeep has made its Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo with the launch of the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. But that is not all that is under their sleeve. The Jeep Compass will be launched soon and then the company is working on getting the Renegade. The older pictures were sent to us by our avid reader Rituraj.
With the Indian market getting more and more SUV crazy, it is the perfect opportunity for Jeep who specialise in only making SUV’s to jump in and possibly grab a large chunk of market share. The Jeep Renegade shares the same platform with the SCA (which is for the Punto, the Linea and the Compass). The Jeep version platforms get some modification to make them 4×4 compatible.
Jeep Renegade Design
The Renegade is at the moment, the smallest of the Jeeps in India. This compact SUV is a five-seater and has contemporary styling. The original seven slats of Jeep are retained on the front grille, with blacked-out front bumpers. the round headlamps and the strake n the bumper shows the styling was meant to be retro by the designer. The side profile looks boxy but the blacked out pillars, mirrors and the wheel arches makes it look funky. This does look extremely stylish and one of the best looking compact SUVs. The rear too looks chic with its design and does stand out in the crowd.
Jeep Renegade Interiors
The interiors of the new SUV will be simple and functional. The new SUV will be the second product offering that shall be highly localised in India. There will be the same Jeep steering wheel, similar instrument closer and some more elements shall be shared too. The interiors will be all black. there will be keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, USB, aux and bluetooth connectivity. There shall be reverse camera, climate control and even rear AC vents.
Jeep Renegade Engine Options
Caught testing is the Jeep’s smallest offering globally, the Renegade. It is offered with a full option 4WD and comes with a host of engines the smallest being one from Fiat. This is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 2.0-litre diesel is likely to be for exports. This engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission and even a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Renegade will be offered in front wheel drive and all-wheel drive options as well. Jeep India at the moment is testing these new engines and even a 1.4-litre MultiJet engine is under test. With this compact SUV, Fiat will be looking at exporting it to the other markets from India itself. But looking at the way things have been moving, we won’t be surprised if the Renegade comes with a 1.3-litre Multijet engine. This engine should churn about 90bhp of power and 200Nm of maximum torque. This will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Jeep Renegade Launch Date in India
We expect the Renegade to make it into India by late 2018. This year the work is on the Compass, it seems that later on the complete focus shall be on building the Renegade. Even though, most of the testing on the Renegade has been completed, the work will be more towards enhancing Jeep’s service and sales network within the country.
Jeep Renegade Price in India
We reckon this will be a head-on with the Hyundai Creta. If that is the case, then the Jeep should ideally price it at INR 11.5 lakhs to INR 17.5 lakhs (on-road). The higher model will be expensive as it will even get 4×4 option, which will see a bump in the price tag.
- Projector headlamps
- Daytime running LEDs
- 16-inch wheels
- Touchscreen system
- Reverse camera
- Steering controls
- Leather upholstery
- Dual airbags
- Engine immobiliser
- All disc brakes