The upcoming Jeep Renegade will get a 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine. The company has been testing these engines lately. Earlier reports suggested that this SUV might get a 2.0-litre engine, same as the Compass, however, it will first be launched with a 1.6-litre engine.
The Renegade was expected to be launched in 2018, however, capacity constraints have compelled the company to push the launch further. FCA is trying hard to meet the demand for the Compass, which has seen unprecedented success and customers are queuing to buy this SUV. In fact, the launch of the Compass diesel automatic has also been delayed.
The early Renegade test vehicles spotted with a 2.0-litre engine were Compass test mules under disguise. The Jeep Renegade is underpinned by the SCA (Small Car Architecture) platform. This platform also underpins the Fiat Punto and Linea. The Renegade will not be launched anytime soon, as the company is focussing on meeting demand for the Compass, currently.
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.
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 front 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 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 Engine Options
The Jeep Renegade will get engines from the Fiat family itself. This will be the 1.6-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.
Jeep Renegade Price in India
The Jeep Renegade with its 1.6-litre engine will be priced close to the Hyundai Creta, which will be between INR 10 lakhs to INR 15 lakhs, approximately. This will be in a segment lower than the Jeep Compass. The Renegade will offer a premium feel and hence be priced above the compact SUVs like Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.
Jeep Renegade Features
- Projector headlamps
- Daytime running LEDs
- 16-inch wheels
- Touchscreen system
- Reverse camera
- Steering controls
- Leather upholstery
- Dual airbags
- Engine immobiliser
- All disc brakes