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Jeep® Introduces Two New Renegade Models

New 2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk limited-edition model to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Deserthawk model, inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions, builds on Jeep Renegade’s rugged appearance and best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability

2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude, featuring unique ‘blacked-out’ exterior, also makes first appearance

Renegade Altitude available in Jeep showrooms later this month; Renegade Deserthawk available in January


November 10, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Two new Jeep® Renegade models will make their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, providing customers with two new and unique special editions for the most capable small SUV on the market.

“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions. For customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance, the Jeep Renegade Altitude offers just that, building on the popularity of the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.”

The new 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude model arrives in showrooms later this month, while the Renegade Deserthawk model arrives in January.

Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert – an extreme location where the legendary capability of Jeep vehicles is best expressed.



Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk features fully painted 17-inch black wheels, exclusive hood and rear body panel decals, rock rails and Trailer Tow Group. Inside, the Renegade Deserthawk features an exclusive interior with black leather seats, Light Frost stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats and cargo tray mat.

The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, like the Renegade Trailhawk, 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; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity. The Renegade Deserthawk comes standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, ParkView rear backup camera and 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display.

Arriving at dealer showrooms in January 2017, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk limited edition will be available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,140.

Jeep Renegade Altitude




Joining the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude features a unique “blacked-out” look with a distinct, aggressive flair. Available in all exterior colors, the Jeep Renegade Altitude features 18-inch Gloss Black wheels with Gloss Black accents around the exterior, including the front and rear badges, grille rings and tail lamp rings.

Inside, the Renegade special edition’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 Altitude, based on the Renegade Latitude model, is available with either a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, or a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The Renegade Altitude comes with a variety of standard features, including ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go.

Arriving at dealer showrooms later this month, the Jeep Renegade Altitude model will be available starting at $22,390 U.S. MSRP.

Jeep Renegade
The 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. The 2017 Jeep Renegade starts at $17,995 MSRP (not including destination).

2017 Jeep® Renegade Limited



About Jeep Brand
Built on 75 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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2017 Jeep® Renegade Fact Sheet

2017 Jeep® Renegade Fact Sheet

New for 2017

Jeep® Renegade, the most capable small SUV, offers additional features for 2017:
Keyless Go standard on all trims (late availability)

Renegade Limited adds standard passive entry

HID headlamps (late availability) and automatic high-beam headlamps available as options

Renegade Latitude includes 7-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) as part of Uconnect 6.5N package

2017 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 2017 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries


September 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The 2017 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.

Highlights

2017 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4x4 capability for which Jeep is known

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

Renegade Trailhawk delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and available tow package

Segment-exclusive disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) optimize fuel efficiency of Jeep Renegade 4x4 models

Jeep Renegade features fresh 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

For segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available “My Sky” open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow in the rear cargo area to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease

2017 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

Jeep Renegade offers advanced technology features once limited to premium SUVs, including Uconnect systems to provide a range of available handsfree communication, entertainment and navigation features, and the segment’s largest full-color configurable 7-inch gauge cluster with personalization options


Model Lineup
For 2017, the Jeep Renegade lineup consists of four models:

Sport
Latitude
Limited
Trailhawk


Exterior Colors

Anvil Clear Coat
Colorado Red Clear Coat
Omaha Orange Clear Coat
Solar Yellow Clear Coat
Mojave Sand Clear Coat
Granite Crystal Clear Coat
Jetset Blue Metallic Clear Coat
Glacier Metallic Clear Coat
Black Clear Coat
Alpine White Clear Coat


Interior Colors

Black with Moroccan Sun accents
Trailhawk Black with Ruby Red accents
Black/Sandstorm with Silver accents
Bark Brown/Ski Grey with Copper accents
 

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The Jeep Renegade is made in Italy

The Jeep Renegade is made in Italy, but it's still an all-American SUV

Feb 10, 2017

The Jeep Renegade has one of the most distinctive provenances of any vehicle currently on sale in the US. For starters, it’s almost entirely made in Italy. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken a platform it also uses for the Fiat 500X and made it into a Jeep. In terms of the maths, 62% of the vehicle is
bella figura Italian, while 22% is red, white, and blue — or just red and white as some parts hail from Canada.

Yes, it’s a Jeep that would make President Donald Trump spit his Diet Coke across the Oval Office at Steve Bannon.

But in a white-hot compact SUV market, consumers don’t seem to care where the Renegade was bolted together: FCA sold almost 61,000 units after it was introduced in 2015 and was within a single sales month of doubling that in 2016, when over 106,000 examples of the vehicle rolled off dealer lots.

It isn’t hard to see why the Renegade has been a success for Fiat. What we have here is a very Jeepy “cute ute” crossover SUV that definitely feels like it wants to get dirtier than, say, a Mazda CX-3 or Honda HR-V.

Jeep was kind enough to let me borrow a 2016 Renegade Limited 4×4, stickering at $31,500 after the addition of quite a few appealing options. I drove it around the suburbs of New Jersey for a week. I didn’t ford any streams, nor did I rock-hop. But I went shopping and I took my kids to school, which is test enough of a small SUV’s capabilities in real American life.


The Renegade, of course, has that unmistakable Jeep look: the boxy shape, the slotted grille, the round headlights, the squared-off wheel arches — you know, that purposeful Jeep aesthetic that’s intended to make Jeeps stand out as vehicles with a rugged heritage dating back to the 1940s and the Second World War, distinguishing them from latter-day copycats that wouldn’t know how to dodge shell craters even if they got a few weeks of basic training.

Frankly, I hated it at first, as I do the look of all Jeeps that aren’t the classic, no-frills Wrangler or the ancient Grand Wagoneer. But as is always the case with Jeeps, the design grew on me and after a few days, I was smiling when I gazed upon the Renegade in my driveway. It helped that my first-grader was immediately and encompassingly smitten by the car. I can’t deny that there’s something adorably childlike about Jeeps, and in the case of the smaller vehicles, a more rough-and-tumble type of cute than you get from a MINI Cooper.

My tester was a sober “Granite Crystal Metallic,” which is Fiat for “charcoal grey.” The interior featured black upholstery that was a synthetic-leather composite and looked as if it would be pretty durable. The layout combines a nice, high driving position with a pretty no-nonsense arrangement of features, plus a fairly roomy back seat and good amount of cargo space. For comparison, you might want to check out a Subaru Forester. Vehicles such as the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V are more car-like, plasticky, and compact. The bottom line is that the Renegade is successful downsized Jeep, rather than a Jeeped-up Fiat.

I found the ride to be, initially, horrendous: crude and bumpy. But then I reminded myself that this is a dang Jeep. The whole point is that ride is meant to prepare you to deviate from the beaten path and forge a new trail and explore the virgin wilderness … Well, you get the idea. We are not striking out for Lexus country.

After I adapted to the looks and accommodated myself to the ride, the Renegade and I were automotive besties. The straightforward 2.4-litre four-banger motor serves up 180 horsepower and is plenty peppy, and I imagine that the brisk-shifting 9-speed automatic makes the EPA-rated 21 mpg city/29 highway/24 combined a reasonable estimate of fuel economy. That isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either, and given that the Renegade’s all-wheel-drive system adds weight but makes up for it with genuine off-roading credibility, the compromise could be worth it.

Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are wonderful — and standard on the base-priced $26,995 Renegade. The main extra costs are for the 6.5-inch center infotainment touchscreen and an unusual moonroof that has removable panels. There’s also a windshield-wiper de-icing system that I imagine would be useful in the Northeast.

Otherwise, infotainment and navigation are up to par for the segment (FCA’s Uconnect system is easy to use), with SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth pairing, USB and AUX ports, and plenty of airbags all around. A few cheesy elements are present, such as the plastic plaque above the infotainment screen that reads “SINCE 1941” in the sort of old-school stenciled military lettering that evokes Sherman tanks and ammunition boxes. But they quickly fade into the overall package.

Driving the Renegade was never joyful, but it was ultimately a more stout, if less comfortable, experience than what I’ve encountered with other cute utes. This isn’t a large vehicle, either, so you can zip and dart around in ways that are unlike what you might have used to go with bigger SUVs. The steering is responsive, and the acceleration is adequate.

The bottom line is that the Renegade feels absolutely nothing like an Italian car. That dashing spirit of The Boot has been ruthlessly engineered out and replaced with steadfast Jeepy values. And if you think about, that means the Renegade is something of a work of genius.
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