Lately, most of the global brands are focusing on international markets, and that too on the compact SUV segment in specific. For the last couple of months we were hearing about a new small SUV from Jeep and yes, it is finally here. Jeep has launched the all new 2015 Jeep Renegade which is on track to become one of strongest offerings in the compact utility vehicle segment.
In brief, the all new Renegade offers a segment-first 9 speed automatic gearbox, class leading off road capability, frugal engines, and a host of convenience and safety features.
Starting with the design of the Renegade, the biggest challenge for designers was to so design the car that it not only is great for off-roading but also small enough for city roads. Designers also had to make sure that it looks like a global car as it is the first Jeep to be launched in around 100 markets. The outcome of the hard work was a retro looking SUV which looks extremely refreshing yet very Jeep.
Since it is a global car, Jeep will arrive with up to 16 powertrain combinations including 4 MultiAir petrol and 2 MultiJet II diesel engines featuring flex-fuel E torQ and Start&Stop technologies. Standard transmission options will include two manual and a dual-dry clutch unit, and a segment-first 9 speed auto gearbox available with the 2.0 liter MultiJet II engine and the 2.4 liter MultiAir2 petrol engine.
Technology wise, the Renegade is well loaded and comes with up to 70 security and safety features. The list includes ParkView rear reversing camera, Rear Cross Path detection, Electronic Stability Control, Blind-spot Monitoring, Electronic Roll Mitigation and 7 standard air bags.
The all new 2015 Jeep renegade also comes with two versions of My Sky open-air roof system, a feature which has been a part of Jeep’s tradition since 1941. The standard My-Sky system has a manual removable roof, while the higher end version features a power slide/tilt option.
The 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV to get Koni’s frequency selective damping strut system, and also the first one to use Chrysler’s small-wide 4×4 architecture.