The launch of the Jeep Renegade has been speculated since long. This SUV will be launched in India, however it will not be early. The Renegade will come with a 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine. This engine are already developed for export and now they are being tested for India. 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 2.0-litre engine will remain for the export version of the Renegade.
The Renegade was to be launched this year, but the company has deferred the launch., Capacity constraints have also limited the launch. The Compass has met with good success and thats what FCA is focussing upon. The Compass Trailhawk has also been delayed and will be launched early next year. This will be a a diesel automatic and will also have an advanced 4×4 system,which will excite the hard-core enthusiasts.
Test vehicles of Renegade with a 2.0-litre engine have been spotted last year. However, they were Compass test mules under disguise. The Jeep Renegade is underpinned by the SCA (Small Car Architecture) platform. The same plaform also underpinned the Fiat Punto and Linea. The Renegade is expected to be launched by the festive season of 2019 and it will rival the Hyundai Creta.
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.
The Indian market getting more and more SUV crazy. It is the perfect opportunity for Jeep who specialize 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 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 Design
The Renegade iis the smallest Jeep product. This SUV is a five-seater compact one and has contemporary styling. It has been build on the SCA platform. The front grille has the famous seven slats of Jeep. It has blacked-out front bumpers. The headlamps are round and make it look slightly retro, evoking the Willy’s Jeep emotion. The side profile looks boxy but the blacked out pillars, mirrors and the wheel arches makes it look funky. The rear too very different and looks attractive. Overall, this car is set to stand out in a crowd.
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
Jeep Renegade Interiors
The interiors of the Renegade will be upmarket and functional too. They are not jazzy, but classy. It will offer a premium feel. The steering will be share with Compass and there will be some elements borrowed from its elder sibling. It is expected to get all black interiors. 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 Specifications
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 be for export markets only. 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. A 1.4-litre MultiAir engine is under test too. With this compact SUV, Fiat will be looking at exporting it to the other markets from India itself.
The Jeep Renegade will be the next SUV from FCA. After the success of Compass, it will bring another affordable Jeep for customers and a good option to consider in the compact SUV space.