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2016 Jeep Renegade lives up to its name



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Jeep Renegade: It Is A Steal!



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2015 Jeep Renegade: It Is A Steal!

July 2, 2015

If you are looking for a compact SUV with great skills on the off-road, you should look no further and settle for the latest Jeep Renegade. The latter is simply sublime with everything it has to offer and the best part is that it is priced cheaply.



Think about it. For something that is less than $20,000, you can look forward to enjoy a great performance on the 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that is sourced from the Arbath. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission with the option of AWD.



Of course, the best part is with Jeep’s off-roading capabilities. The Renegade can engage into 4WD mode and perform marvellously in the unforgiving terrain. There is simply no better off-roader in the compact SUV segment than the Renegade.



The above basically confirms that the Jeep Renegade is really a cheap, undervalued compact SUV. Besides, the Jeep Renegade is also a very good looking vehicle and you can never go wrong with driving it.


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X Ambassadors at FCA Headquarters



X Ambassadors at FCA Headquarters

Published on Sep 14, 2015

The X Ambassadors stopped by the FCA Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan to sing a few songs and drop off a gold record from their hit single"Renegades."
 

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Taking the Jeep Renegade on an educational road trip



Taking the Jeep Renegade on an educational road trip
Despite its cutesy looks, the Renegade is a tough little nut, with an agile chassis and a surefootedness that certainly feels as authentically Jeep as anything. And its compact size, though posing a bit of a challenge for chronic overpackers like us, proved invaluable in reaching more remote areas, where narrow lanes, rocky overhangs and tight turns make it difficult for larger, un-Renegade-like vehicles to maneuver easily.
Read more: 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk drive review: School's in session | Autoweek
 

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2016 Jeep Renegade Overview



2016 Jeep Renegade Overview

Published on Oct 21, 2015

The Jeep Renegade is a sub-compact SUV with rugged styling, surprising off-road capability and the latest safety and fuel-saving features.
 

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Jeep® Renegade Named Car of the Year in Brazil

Jeep® Renegade Named Car of the Year in Brazil

Brazil's best-selling SUV in the past month wins top award presented by Autoesporte magazine
Title recognizes the new model manufactured in Pernambuco



November 5, 2015 , SAO PAULO -

The Jeep® Renegade was named the 2016 Car of the Year in Brazil by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo) as part of the most prestigious automotive industry awards in Brazil, which has been hosted annually by the magazine since 1966. The award was presented in a ceremony on Wednesday night at Villa Verico in São Paulo.

Since its commercial launch in April, the locally produced Jeep Renegade has set itself apart within the segment in this important market. In July, Jeep Renegade earned the title of the safest Brazilian-made vehicle for adults and children as evaluated by the independent Latin NCAP program in crash tests, achieving the highest five-star rating. The Renegade is the leader in sales within the SUV segment in Brazil and became one of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the market in the months of September and October.


"We are honored to receive this important recognition," said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand - FCA Global. "The Jeep Renegade is made in Brazil for Brazil. This is the right vehicle, at the right time, to help drive the expansion of the Jeep brand in Brazil and across Latin America."

A total of 20 renowned journalists from various outlets and regions across the country served as jurors for the annual Autoesporte magazine Car of Year Awards.

"The Jeep Renegade Car of the Year title comes after a successful reintroduction of the Jeep brand in the Brazilian market," said Stefan Ketter, Head of FCA - Latin America. "After developing a multifaceted strategy for our operations in Pernambuco, we opened the Jeep Automotive Complex, the most modern FCA manufacturing facility in the world, which produces a safe and high-quality vehicle suitable for various markets."

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
 

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Press Kit: 2016 Jeep Renegade

Press Kit: 2016 Jeep Renegade
Jeep® Renegade: Most Capable Small SUV Adds Features for 2016

Jeep® Renegade offers additional features for 2016, including Beats premium audio system, rain-sensing wipers and new exterior colors
2016 Jeep Renegade delivers a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability
Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4x4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system
More than 30 miles per gallon (mpg) from both engines: 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to the segment’s first nine-speed automatic transmission, or 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with six-speed manual transmission
Features technology once limited to premium SUVs: award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreen radios and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster
Loaded with up to 70 available advanced safety and security features
Designed in America, crafted in Italy, the 2016 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries


Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015 - The 2016 Jeep® Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, two fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

For 2016, the Jeep Renegade’s offerings have expanded with the addition of several features, including the availability of BeatsAudio. The Renegade’s optional Beats premium audio system includes nine speakers with a 6.5-inch subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier for studio-quality sound.

For added safety and convenience in inclement weather, the 2016 Jeep Renegade now offers rain-sensing wipers as standard on the Limited and Trailhawk models and optional on Latitude.


The 2016 Jeep Renegade is available in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in 10 exterior paint colors, including the new-for-2016 Granite Crystal Metallic and Jetset Blue Metallic Clear Coat.

2016 Jeep® Renegade Latitude

2016 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk




2016 Jeep® Renegade Limited





Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4x4 systems
Leveraging 4x4 technology from the Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4x4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 1,475 lb.-ft. (2,000 N•m) of the engine’s available torque to any one wheel, for optimal grip and traction:

Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4x4 system
Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio



Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade features the segment’s first disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems instantly engage when 4x4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 model
For customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep vehicles, the Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with:

Standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio
Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
Increased ride height 0.8 inches to 8.7 inches of ground clearance
Skid plates, and signature red front and rear tow hooks
Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
Unique 17-inch wheels with aggressive on-road and off-road tires
Up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation
Hill-descent Control
Up to 19 inches of water fording
Up to 2,000-lb. towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and available tow package


A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally, designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the Jeep brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots, with the Willys MB Jeep.

The result is the Jeep Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions, which enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available “My Sky” open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

Interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. This small SUV’s precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

The interior of the Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language, which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces, such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel, are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a fold-forward front-passenger seat and removable and height-adjustable cargo floor panel.

Class-exclusive “My Sky” roof systems: continuing Jeep brand’s open-air freedom since 1941
Expanding the brand’s open-air freedom that originated with the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the Jeep Renegade offers two class-exclusive “My Sky” open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or premium power tilt/slide with removable feature, the innovative “My Sky” roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both “My Sky” roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, the Renegade is the first vehicle from FCA US to use the all-new “small-wide 4x4 architecture.”

With its fully independent suspension, capable of up to 8.1 inches (205 mm) of wheel articulation and 8.7 inches (220 mm) of ground clearance (Trailhawk model), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and the Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.

The Renegade is the first Jeep SUV to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.

World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 (4x2 or 4x4), the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus competitive six-speed automatic transmissions.

More than 30 mpg highway
True to the Jeep brand, the Renegade offers customers a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability, including two MultiAir four-cylinder engines that provide more than 30 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway:


2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2

Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA US 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system. The high-tech engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired exclusively to the segment’s first nine-speed automatic transmission on 4x2 and 4x4 models.

The 2.4-liter engine’s MultiAir technology uses a column of oil in place of the traditional mechanical link between the camshaft and intake valves to maximize intake manifold pressure and significantly reduce pumping losses. MultiAir2 takes the innovation further by simultaneously controlling both valve opening and closing events to more effectively manage combustion quality and compression ratio, all to improve fuel economy and performance.

1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine

The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine offers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque to provide a spirited driving experience on Jeep Renegade Sport and Latitude 4x2 and 4x4 models. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine transmits its power through high-strength components throughout the drivetrain, including equal-length half shafts and a 4.438 final-drive ratio. Boost pressure is dynamically managed to provide a broad torque curve over a wide variety of ambient conditions, with a peak pressure of 22 psi at 4,000 rpm. Innovative MultiAir valve-actuation technology controls intake air cylinder-by-cylinder and stroke-by-stroke, reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and boosting fuel-economy up to 7.5 percent, compared with an engine with conventional valvetrain.

Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on premium SUVs
The 2016 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.


Uconnect Access: Utilizes embedded cellular technology to allow Jeep Renegade occupants to get directly in contact with local emergency-service dispatchers – all with the push of the 9-1-1 ASSIST button on the overhead console. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from the FCA US roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center. Further peace of mind comes from the system’s ability to receive text messages, announce receipt of texts, identify senders and then “read” the messages aloud with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. Drivers can even use a “voice texting” feature that keeps their hands on the wheel and attention on the road.

Uconnect touchscreen radio systems: Award-winning in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and available navigation. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input.

Segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster display: Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.


Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is available with up to 70 safety and security features, including the segment’s first availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

Jeep brand’s global resources

Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2016 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade is the Melfi Assembly Plant.
 

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2016 Jeep Renegade - A Blast to Drive

2016 Jeep Renegade - A Blast to Drive

11/17/2015


It may be smaller than its Jeep siblings, but there’s no doubt the all-new Renegade is a Jeep through and through.





The Renegade delivers the brand’s legendary ruggedness with Jeep’s first entry in the small SUV segment. The result is a great looking vehicle that’s fun to drive, great on gas and more functional than any of its competitors.

“I drove one for a week, and it felt like I was driving a sports car,” says Oxford Dodge sales manager Greg Gandza. “It’s planted on the road, handles great and has every feature anyone could want. It’s a great little vehicle.”

Built on a new platform, the Renegade comes in four models, Limited, Sport, North and Trailhawk in 4x4 and front-wheel drive. The new Jeep was designed and engineered in North America and is being built in Italy for markets in 100 countries.

Two engine/transmission combinations handle the power demands: A turbocharged 1.4L four cylinder turbo linked to a six-speed manual transmission is standard in Sport and North models while a 2.4L four cylinder with nine-speed automatic is standard in Trailhawk and optional in North.

The exterior design leaves no doubt it’s a Jeep but the tiny details are impressive, like tail lights inspired by military jerry cans but with a centre graphic of the front of a Willys Jeep, a unique little indent on the gas filler door that indicates where to push to open it and the Jeep-on-a-hill profile in the moulding on the right side of the windshield.

Overhead, Renegade can be equipped with one of two class-exclusive My Sky open-air roof systems. Removable panels, which weight just 10 lb., are stored under the rear load floor.

Given the length of the Renegade, there’s a surprisingly large cargo area behind the rear seat, which becomes downright huge when the seats are folded.

“I’m six-foot-two, and I had plenty of head and legroom,” Gandza says.

The Renegade starts at less than $22,000 and offers an impressive list of standard features at that price. “This is one of the few SUVs you can buy with a stick shift. It’s standard with the 1.4-litre engine,” Gandza. “The nine-speed automatic transmission linked to the larger engine provides great fuel economy and performance.”

Among the many available options are: forward collision warning with active braking, backup camera and rear park assist, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and navigation.

“Renegade is a Jeep through and through,” Gandza says. “And it’s a blast to drive.”

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Jeep Renegade

$21,690 to $34,790

Seating capacity: 5

Driveline: FWD/4WD

Engine options (power): Turbo 1.4-litre I4 (160 hp, 184 lb.-ft); 2.4-litre I4 (184 hp, 177 lb.-ft)

Transmission options: 6-speed manual, 9-speed automatic

Fuel Economy:

9.9 L/100 km city
7.5 L/100 km highway

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This Italian-American Jeep Is Molto Bene

This Italian-American Jeep Is Molto Bene

Nov. 20, 2015

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Jeep was one of the grand prizes when Fiat took over Chrysler during the financial crisis of 2007-2009. Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne, an Italian-Canadian, knew the Jeep brand well. And in his strategic planning he made Jeep a focal point of expanding the combined Fiat Chrysler’s sales globally.

That explains why you see the Jeep name on the uniforms of Italy’s champion soccer team, Juventus. The team is owned by the Agnelli family, which controls Fiat. It’s like the Yankees having a Fiat logo on the front of their jerseys.

It also explains why the latest addition to the Jeep line, the Renegade, isn’t made in Detroit, where the Jefferson North plant cranks out those $60,000 Grand Cherokees. Instead, the Jeep Renegade is made in southern Italy, in Melfi, in the general vicinity of Naples. (And where you will find lots of people named Saporito, I discovered.)


The Italians might call it a Jeeponino. A little Jeep. What I’ll call it is a worthy addition not only to the brand, but also to an emerging category being called the urban utility vehicle. That segment includes models such as Chevy’s Trax and Honda’s HR-V. These are relatively inexpensive—$18,000 at the low end of Renegade—utilitarian trucklets that are maneuverable yet relatively roomy. Millennials are pouring into this segment, and the auto manufacturers have clearly taken notice.

The Renegade has two basic flavors—city and country—and four models. For the city there’s Sport and Latitude. The off-road model is called Trailhawk. Our test model was the priciest Limited 4×4 version, about $27,000, which added some cushy features, a 2.4-liter, 180-horsepower multiair engine, and a nine-speed transmission. The base model is equipped with a 1.4-liter, 160-hp, six-speed power plant.

All four variations bear the hallmarks of the Jeep brand, from the familiar grill to the date stamped into the dashboard: 1941, the year the U.S. government ordered a general-purpose vehicle for use in World War II. Produced by the Willys-Overland Co. (based on a design by the American Bantam Car Co.), general-purpose was acronymed to GP, which morphed into Jeep. And history.

But look a little deeper into this American legend and you can see some unmistakable Fiat touches in the use of plastics, for instance; the Italians are really good at using it for design elements. As I noted when I first saw this thing last year at the New York Auto Show, the interior look, and the panoramic approach from the front seats, all take cues from Renegade’s Italian in-laws, the Fiat Panda and 500. Indeed, the platform itself is used in the Fiat 500X.

But don’t mistake Renegade for some underpowered Eurobox. There’s plenty of oomph in the 2.4-liter engine, and a quick run on the sands of Sandy Hook, N.J. showed that the four-wheel drive capability meets the demands of being a Jeep.

On the highway, the Renegade is a well-behaved sort with a reasonably cushioned ride. Back in the city, its ability to negotiate tight spaces is welcome, and if you need help there’s even a park assist option.

Then again, if you are a true Jeepee, you don’t need help. After all, owning a Jeep is all about maneuvering in less-than-optimal conditions—sand, snow, rocks, mud, uphill and down. The Renegade is putting its marker down in the urban jungle.
 

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Jeep’s Renegade makes a big impression.

Jeep’s Renegade is a small Jeep that makes a big impression.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Every Renegade gets a contrasting front grille – black on most models, but silver on the Limited trim. It’s designed to highlight one of the most signature Jeep features of the car.

Full Car Details


MSRP
$31,390 (as tested)

Engine
2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Power
180-hp; 175 lb.-ft.

There are two types of Jeep owners. The first group is hardcore off-roaders who spend their weekends driving through forests and across deserts, and their weekdays fantasizing about how to soup up their Jeeps to make them even better. These are the kind of folks who buy bumper stickers reading “It’s A Jeep Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand.”

The second group is made up of people who, in all likelihood, will never set a wheel on anything rougher than a cider mill parking lot. They buy Jeeps because they want to feel like they could hop the curb and drive into the forest if, say, the bad guys from ‘Mad Max’ pop up in their rear view mirror.




The Jeep Renegade is tailor-made for that second group.




Jeep’s style never comes at the expense of substance. The Renegade’s boxy body offers plenty of interior room.

That’s not to say the Renegade isn’t a capable off-roader. The Trailhawk trim level is certified “Trail Rated” by Jeep, which means it can tackle some of the world’s toughest off-roading situations. Even non-Trail Rated 4WD Renegades pack far more four-wheeling capability than the average American will ever need.

But where the timeless Wrangler is built on its own truck-like chassis, the Renegade is based off the same platform as the Fiat 500L compact. In fact, it’s built alongside the Fiat 500X crossover in Melfi, Italy, a town bombed to smithereens by Allied air strikes during the Second World War…by pilots who likely drove to their planes in some of the first Jeeps.

Clearly, the designers spent plenty of time studying original Jeeps while working on the Renegade, because this truck’let is a rolling homage to its ancestors. The styling would almost come across as overcompensating, if the end result wasn’t so good-looking.

Shrinking down classic Jeep design cues – round headlights, seven-bar grille, squared-off edges – gives the Renegade a cute, cartoon-tough look.

Shrinking down classic Jeep design cues – round headlights, seven-bar grille, squared-off edges – gives the Renegade a cute, cartoon-tough look. If the Wrangler is a rugged park ranger, the Renegade is his baby brother who went into advertising. Smaller, a bit chunkier, but every bit related. It’s one of the most visually appealing of the recent batch of small sport-utes that have exploded onto the streets in the last few years (i.e. the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Kia Soul, etc.).

If there’s one visual drawback to the Renegade, it’s specific to the few configured like my tester. Every Renegade gets a contrasting front grille – black on most models, but silver on the Limited trim. It’s designed to highlight one of the most signature Jeep features of the car but, on silver-colored Limited models, the grille somewhat weirdly matches the rest of the vehicle. This problem is easily solved by choosing another color if you’re buying the Limited.

Pop inside, and the fun-n’-fresh style treatment continues. The designers clearly had a blast putting together this baby Jeep, as the interior doesn’t take itself too seriously. Warm and cool air flows from afterburner-like vents, the passenger gets a beefy grab handle for off-roading (or clutching if the driver’s going too fast), and the red line on the tachometer comes in the form of a paintball impact-like orange splotch.


The designers clearly had a blast putting together this baby Jeep, as the interior doesn’t take itself too seriously. Warm and cool air flows from afterburner-like vents, the passenger gets a beefy grab handle for off-roading.

But the Jeep’s style never comes at the expense of substance. The Renegade’s boxy body offers plenty of interior room; even at six-foot-four, I had so much headroom, I could have worn a ten-gallon hat without scraping the ceiling. The back seat isn’t enormous, but it’s more than large enough to seat two or three average-sized folks.

All this room comes at the expense of cargo space, unfortunately. With the privacy cover in place to shield your belongings from lookie-loos wandering past, a couple of medium-sized suitcases will totally fill up the trunk. On the other hand, if you fold down some or all of the rear seats (the Limited trim comes with a 40/20/40 tri-fold bench, while other Renegades come with a simpler 60/40 split seat) and this Jeep can swallow an apartment’s worth of flat-packed IKEA furniture.

Those IKEA-loving millennials are sure to dig the Renegade’s large selection of tech features, too. My Limited offered up two USB inputs, 12V and 110V three-prong outlets, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen controlling the excellent Uconnect infotainment system. This is Fiat-Chrysler’s go-to means of manipulating everything from the stereo to the navigation to the phone, and it shows up in everything from this Renegade to the $100,000+ Maserati Quattroporte.



The available 180-horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque may not sound like much, but combined with the low ratios in the first few gears, it adds up to a zippy driving experience in off-road or around-town speeds.

Sitting beneath the Uconnect screen – at least on four-wheel-drive Renegades – is this petite SUV’s secret off-road, all-weather weapon: The Selec-Terrain dial. Gone are the days when activating 4WD involved climbing out and locking the wheels by hand. Now, the Renegade switches into four-wheel-drive at the press of a button marked “4WD LOCK.”

In fact, you don’t even need to press it. That’s because the Renegade’s Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system sends power to the rear wheels within an instant of detecting front-wheel slip. Twist the Select-Terrain dial, though, and you can snap the Jeep’s 4WD system into modes custom-designed to deal with mud, sand, or snow. I only had the chance to try the mud mode, which dragged the Renegade through Cape Cod’s sticky tidal marsh muck with ease.

Some of the credit for the Renegade’s mud-crawling skill must go to the combination of its 2.4 liter turbocharged inline-four and nine-speed automatic transmission. The available 180-horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque may not sound like much, but combined with the low ratios in the first few gears, it adds up to a zippy driving experience in off-road or around-town speeds.


On the plus side, the Renegade rides smoothly, soaking up potholes and road imperfections just as well as it does back road bumps and ruts.

Get onto the highway, however, and you need to plan passing maneuvers far in advance, due to the combination of a boxy shape, stunningly tall overdrive gears (in top gear, the engine is turning at 1,800 rpm at 79 miles an hour) and close to two tons of weight with passengers aboard.

Floor the throttle and the transmission needs a second, or two, to shuffle down three, four, even five gears to find all its horses. Even then, it moves as quickly as a teenager ordered to clean his room. If you’re planning on doing some hustling on the highway, the best way to drive is to slide the shift lever to manual mode and put the car into sixth or seventh gear.

Some of the credit for the Renegade’s mud-crawling skill must go to the combination of its 2.4 liter turbocharged inline-four and nine-speed automatic transmission.

On the plus side, the Renegade rides smoothly, soaking up potholes and road imperfections just as well as it does back road bumps and ruts. In fact, its smooth ride is one of the reasons the Renegade is an exceedingly good choice for New Yorkers in need of a fun, affordable car.

Admittedly, my $31K Limited test car pushes the boundaries of “affordability” for a small car, but it was also optioned to the gills. You can pick up a well-equipped Renegade for far less money and still have all the Jeep-ness you could ever want in a smaller, city-friendly shape.
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Shooting Star | Jeep Renegade

Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Shooting Star | Jeep Renegade

Published on Dec 2, 2015

Even though you don't have to deal with X-Wing Fighters, Star Destroyers, or Tie Fighters on your daily commute, Jeep Renegade still gives you the freedom to journey far, far away. Celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18, 2015 and head into your local Jeep dealer for The Year End Blockbuster Sales Event.
 

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Jeep’s Designers Went Wild



Jeep’s designers went wild when designing their new SUV

12/12/2015

Climb into the Jeep Renegade for the first time, and if you’re observant, you’ll start to notice silly little design features tucked away throughout the car.

Maybe it’s the Jeep-face on your seat as you walk in; maybe it’s small silhouette of a Wrangler climbing up the windshield; or maybe it’s the spider by the gas cap, offering up a hearty “Ciao Baby!” in honor of the Renegade’s Italian origins.
The tachometer’s red line is inspired by an exploding paintball.



The tachometer’s red line is inspired by an exploding paintball.

They’re called “Easter eggs,” and if they make you smile or chuckle—well, that was the point.

“I don’t even know the number,” says Jeep head of design Mark Allen, when asked about the number of Easter eggs his designers hid somewhere on the Renegade.
See that tiny Jeep-face in the center of the headlight? He’ll be showing up a lot.

Adding these little visual treats isn’t new for Jeep—for example, the rock-climbing Jeep silhouette on the windshield has shown up on Wranglers and Grand Cherokees—but Allen says the Renegade’s funky, fun attitude and character gave the designers license to go wild with them.


Amongst MANY other places, the Jeep face is on the seats.

Allen says there’s no coordination between interior and exterior design teams, no set plan or list of hidden details to add—the designers just add them in as they feel compelled to do so.
The Jeep 'face' is also on the rear-view mirror.

None of the Easter eggs are particularly obvious, in part because that’s the only way the designers can sneak them through the car’s creation. “We try to be zero-impact to the cost,” Allen says—a touch of ink here, a slight change in the shape of a plastic moulding there, nothing obvious or expensive.


Look below the 4WD system’s control dial, and you’ll see a topographic map—as well as another Jeep-face.

But keeping them subtle is largely the point. “They’re for the owner to find when they’re washing the car, or detailing it,” Allen says. And so far, he says, customers are responding very positively to the hidden design treats—something backed up by the posts celebrating the Easter eggs on Jeep forums.

That X-like shape in each cupholder is inspired by the external gasoline cans WW2 Jeeps carried, and it also shows up frequently on the Renegade.

Asked about his favorite Easter egg on the car, Allen mentions the aforementioned gas-cap spider, and the tiny silhouette of a strolling yeti on the rear window.



And “ciao!” to you, tiny spider that’ll most likely scare the pants off more than a couple owners.

The latter, he says, is an example of one of the Easter eggs the team felt they could get away with because of the Renegade’s lighthearted nature; the team wouldn’t put a mythical ape on the back window of, say, a Grand Cherokee.
And of course, who could forget Mr. Sasquatch?

“The more of these we do, the level of scrutiny goes up,” Allen says. “It does feel a little bit like we’re getting away with something.”

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Jeep Renegade Conquers Black Bear Pass!



Jeep Renegade Conquers Black Bear Pass!

Published on Dec 8, 2015

On this episode of Dirt Every Day presented by 4-Wheel Parts, Fred teaches his buddy Joe to be a better Jeeper from behind the wheel of the new Jeep Renegade TrailHawk. They attempt every type of terrain from urban off roading and black sand up through rocky mountain passes and high altitude snow. Along the way Fred explains the Jeep Wave, Jeep Easter-eggs and how to find and identify other Jeep models. Eventually their trip through Colorado takes them over the famous 12,840 foot Black Bear Pass, an iconic Jeep trail that will test the abilities of this new Jeep.
 

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Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition

About the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition

02/22/2016




Available in Granite Crystal or new, exclusive Carbon Black exterior paint colors, the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition features new 18-inch Gloss Black wheels with Gloss Black accents around the exterior. The Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition models with Granite Crystal paint also feature a two-tone Gloss Black roof. A unique exterior badge hints at the inspiration for this special-edition Jeep SUV.

Inside, the Jeep Renegade’s blacked-out theme continues with a black interior, black premium cloth seats and High Gloss Black finishes. Metal Diamond accents are found throughout on key touch points such as the shifter knob and door handles.

The Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition is based on the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 and comes standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2, nine-speed automatic transmission, Jeep Active Drive 4x4, Selec-Terrain with four drive modes and a variety of features, including the ParkSense rear backup camera. Also standard on the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition is the Popular Equipment Group, which includes remote start, power driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Arriving at dealer showrooms later this month, the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition will be available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,250 (not including destination).
 

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Lifted Jeep Renegade Trailhawk


Published on Feb 10, 2016

There’s a first time for everything and when it came time for us to test out our newly lifted Jeep Renegade Trailhawk out on the rocks, we decided to do it on one of our favorite trails in Southern California and that would be, Last Chance Canyon. Fortunately for us, our good friends Tony and Stephanie were able to join us in their brand new Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and Tom and Susan were able to tag along as well in their highly modified JK and with Susan taking the wheel as a first time driver. In this short video, you'll get to see how well everyone did as well as all the fun we had along the way. We hope you enjoy the presentation and we'd love to hear what you think of the Renegade

For those of you who are wanting to know, our red 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is running a 1.5" Daystar lift and a set of 225/75R16 Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires mounted on 16" Chevy HHR Wheels and 1.25" wheel spacers to make it all work. Tom and Susan's black 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited is running an EVO DTD coil over system with long arms and 37" tires. Last but not least, Tony and Stephanie were driving a bone stock anvil 2015 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited.
 

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Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice

Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice also making the trip to the United Kingdom

March 14, 2016






After the all-wheel drive specialist has presented its latest Renegade Dawn of Justice special edition at home in the United States, the limited series appears to have been granted a UK visa.





Jeep UK is also introducing the special series Renegade Dawn of Justice in a bid to attract fans of the brand and of the approaching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. The new addition to the Jeep UK line-up is only temporary and the Renegade has been developed based off the midrange Longitude trim and will be packing the 110-hp 1.6-liter E-torQ gasoline engine or the 120-hp 1.6-liter MultiJet II diesel. Both versions have been mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and oddly enough will only be available on the 2WD versions. Customers will be asked to choose between the Granite Crystal, Colorado Red, and Carbon Black hues which can be combined with polished black accents and a custom set of 18-inch wheels. Some bespoke Dawn of Justice badging and a black look for the roof bars and the seven-slot front grille is also to be found while as an optional extra owners will be able to also add tinted windows, an electric panoramic sunroof, and a towing pack.

Inside the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice packs as standard amenities among others a leather-wrapped steering wheel, special black cloth seat upholstery, a six-speaker sound system, support for sat-nav, Bluetooth, and DAB digital radio. Extra optional include heated front seats and steering wheel, or a regular size spare wheel. Only 500 units will be offered and the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice can already be ordered from £19,495 OTR for the petrol and from £21,195 OTR if the diesel version is selected.

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Jeep® Renegade Rolls off manufacturing Line

GAC FCA Celebrates Production Launch at New Jeep® Plant in Guangzhou, China

First locally produced Jeep® Renegade rolls off manufacturing line at GAC FCA Guangzhou plant

Guangzhou plant adopts World Class Manufacturing system to bring Chinese consumers world-class quality vehicles

Introduction of Jeep Renegade expands Jeep product portfolio in China



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Jeep® Renegade began rolling off the assembly line today at the new Guangzhou plant of GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Co., Ltd. (GAC FCA).

The launch marks another milestone for the company following the announcement and implementation of local production for the Jeep Cherokee, which began at the GAC FCA Changsha plant on October 19, 2015. Local production of the Jeep Renegade further represents the accelerated growth of GAC FCA and the Jeep brand’s increased ability to compete across the SUV market in China. Many government officials and company executives attended the ceremony.


Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. said, “Today is an important step in our strategy to expand the Jeep brand’s global presence and, equally important, it represents a further strengthening of the joint enterprise with our respected and valuable partner here in China, the GAC Group.”
World Class Manufacturing (WCM) continues to set the industrial benchmark

The GAC FCA Guangzhou plant is located within the manufacturing base of the GAC Group’s passenger vehicles in the Panyu District, Guangzhou. As a joint effort between GAC and FCA, the facility was built with production capacity to build 160,000 vehicles a year.

The Guangzhou plant was built based on the WCM concept. The plant features an advanced process layout, production equipment and an environmental management model. The factory includes four cutting-edge workshops for stamping, welding, painting and general assembly, respectively, as well as an independent Quality Assurance (QA) center.

The launch of the Guangzhou plant not only indicates a solid foundation for the long-term development of GAC FCA in China, but also sets a WCM example for China’s manufacturing industry.

Mr. Zhang Fangyou, Chairman of the Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group Co., Ltd. (GAC) said, “GAC FCA stands for an excellent joint effort amongst China, the U.S. and Italy. The GAC FCA Guangzhou Plant enjoys extensive advantages in product, technology, and management. Without a doubt it will further accelerate the development of not only GAC Group, but also the whole automotive industry here in Guangdong Province, China.”

The presales of the locally produced Jeep Renegade will begin at the Beijing Motor Show in late April 2016.
 
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