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The much awaited Jeep Renegade that was expected to be launched in 2018 has been delayed. This is a disappointment for Jeep fans who were looking forward to yet another affordable Jeep. The Renegade is now slated to come in 2019. The company is currently busy with the initial deliveries of the Jeep Compass and gearing up for the launch of the petrol version in October.

We were the first ones to spot the Jeep Renegade testing in India and it has been seen on test several times since. The Jeep Renegade is underpinned by the SCA (Small Car Architecture) platform. This platform also underpins the Fiat Punto and Linea. Our sources tell us that this SUV will take some more time and will be ready for launch only in 2019. Jeep Compass is currently the hot product from FCA and is getting a good demand from the market. Customers are queuing up to buy this SUV and it has garners in excess of 10,000 bookings as well.

Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade Launch Date in India

We expect the Renegade to make it into India only by 2019. This year company is focussing on the Compass. Maybe in 2018 the company’s focus will shift to the Renegade. The Renegade is still undergoing tests to help the company decide what powertrains etc should be used on it. The focus also is towards enhancing Jeep’s service and sales network within the country, Hence the company doesn’t want to burden the dealers quickly, so that they focus on quality first.

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). There could be a possibility of seeing an AWD version in the Renegade also.

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Jeep Renegade Design

The Renegade is at the moment, the smallest of the Jeeps. This SUV is a five-seater compact one and has contemporary styling. The font grille has the original seven slats of Jeep. It has blacked-out front bumpers. the round headlamps and the bumper shas been designed in a retro fashion. 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 very different and looks attractive, that ,makes it stand out in a crowd.

Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade Interiors

The interiors of the new SUV will be simple and functional. They are not too jazzy, however, they look classy and contemporary. This SUV will be highly. The steering will be similar to the Compass, similar instrument cluster and some more elements shall be shared too. The interiors will be all black. It will have features like  keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, USB, aux and bluetooth connectivity. Top variants will get Android Auto and Apple Car Play. There shall be reverse camera, climate control and even rear AC vents.The seats will be comfortable and the rear seats will have decent legroom. The audio system will have six speakers. Jeep Renegade interior

Jeep Renegade Engine Options

The Jeep Renegade will get engines from the Fiat family itself. This is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 2.0-litre diesel engine will also be there but only for export markets. 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 MultiAir 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 maybe tune to provide around 98bhp of power and 220Nm of maximum torque. This will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

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For India, the company won’t be offering the an AWD/4WD option. Users in this segment generally do not opt for this feature.

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Jeep Renegade Price in India

The Jeep Renegade will compete with the Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. The price will be around INR 8 Lakhs to INR 12 Lakhs (on road).

Jeep Renegade Features

Exterior

  •  Projector headlamps
  • Daytime running LEDs
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Roofrails

Interior

  • Touchscreen system
  • UConnect
  • Reverse camera
  • Steering controls
  • Leather upholstery

Safety

  • Dual airbags
  • ABS
  • Engine immobiliser
  • All disc brakes

 

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