Fiat -Chrysler has unveiled its latest offspring at the Geneva Motor Show , the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade. The little Jeep represents the brand’s first foray into the small crossover market, but its global market reach will be anything but small. Fiat-Chrysler is will sell the Jeep in over 100 markets worldwide while targeting youthful, thrill-seeking customers.
That global reach hasn’t stopped the Jeep from showing its rugged roots though. Two four-wheel-drive systems, decent ground clearance, a removable top, a manual transmission option and loads of cargo room are all part of the Renegade’s tactical plan for world domination. And with its lineage tracing back to the Willys MB Jeep that helped win WWII, we’re not quick to discount the plan, despite the Renegade’s less than macho exterior appeal.
The Renegade will offer an unprecedented 16 powertrain combinations with 6 engine options in total, though the U.S. is only getting a small number of them, with both being familiar from other Fiat-Chrysler products. The 1.4-liter turbo I-4 from the Fiat 500L serves as the base engine, while the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 from the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 fills the top-tier slot. A six-speed manual transmission will come attached to the 1.4-liter while the 2.4-liter gets a nine-speed automatic unit. Front-wheel-drive will come standard with four-wheel-drive being an option.
With its attractive cuteness, clever interior packaging options, and impressive list of amenities, it’s easy to imagine the Renegade catching on worldwide. The question remains, however, is it worthy of the Jeep name and Trail Rated badge? Click past the jump to find out.
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These spy shots show the Renegade testing with Fiat clothes on. Thankfully, the finalized design is much more bold and rugged than the prototypes you seen below.
January 28, 2014 - Baby Jeep plays in the snow
October, 4 2013 - First testing session
The Renegade’s exaggerated features and upright stance give it a slightly anime-like look. The two-box shape does help the Jeep offer more usable interior space while keeping a somewhat rugged exterior look. The large D-pillar and curved rear glass, combined with the accentuated taillights really add character to the crossover. The expressive character traits continue up front with the concave, seven-slot grille with its blacked-out surround. The pinched shoulder lines along the side windows also add to the Renegade’s unique styling.
It seems the narrow-opening wheel wells will present a problem to anyone looking to upgrade to larger tires or adding a suspension lift. Perhaps the problem will be solved in the aftermarket industry with the creation of custom fender cutouts, but until such time, the wheel wells seem almost out of place.
But speaking of places, Jeep has stuck to their recent tradition of adding small ‘Easter Eggs’ throughout the interior and exterior of their vehicles. Looking closely, you’ll spot small Willys MB Jeep logos on the wheels and even a topographical map of Moab, Utah — a popular Jeeping destination — molded into the a small storage bin within the center console.
2015 Jeep Renegade - Exterior Specifications
|Track, Front||60.6 (1,540)|
|Track, Rear||60.6 (1,540)|
|Overall Length||166.6 (4,232)|
|Overall Width||71.0 (1,804)|
|Overall Height||66.5 (1,689)|
|Load-floor height||29.8 (758)|
|Sill-step height||19.4 (494) front, 19.6 (497) rear|
|Ground Clearances||6.7 (170) 4x2 |
7.9 (200) 4x4
8.7 (220) Trailhawk 4x4
The interior comes in a variety of different styles, depending on trim package. Jeep hasn’t released all the available features and what trim each are attached to, but we know the Renegade will come in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Even for such an entry-level vehicle, the Renegade’s interior looks well appointed. Both a 5.0- and 6.5-inch Uconnect navigation system are available, along with a huge seven-inch TFT screen in the gauge cluster.
A leather shift boot with red stitching and matching red anodized trim pieces help dress things up. Alleviating buttons on the center console is a steering wheel covered in them. Thankfully, power window and door lock controls are found on the doors rather than the center stack or console like previous Jeep models. Bluetooth, HD Radio, Sirius XM, and USB/Aux input jacks help occupants pass the miles in comfort.
Above the passengers is Jeep’s new My Sky roof system. It consists of two removable panels that stow in the rear cargo compartment. The system is the first of its kind in the crossover segment and almost resembles the Freedom Top hardtop option offered on the Wrangler. Constructed from a lightweight fiberglass-polyurethane material, the optional tops easily remove to open the five seats to the open sky.
2015 Jeep Renegade - Exterior Specifications
|Seating Capacity — Front/Rear||2/3|
|Head Room without Sunroof||41.1 (1,045)|
|Head Room with Sunroof||39.7 (1,009)|
|Shoulder Room||55.9 (1,419)|
|Hip Room||53.1 (1,348)|
|Seat Travel||9.0 (230) driver / 10.2 (260) front passenger|
|Head Room||40.5 (1,029)|
|Shoulder Room||55.1 (1,400)|
|Hip Room||51.9 (1,319)|
|SAE Volume (cu. ft.)||45.3|
Like we mentioned before, the Renegade offered in the U.S. only gets two engine options — and neither are overly exciting. First up is the 1.4-liter, turbocharged in-line four-cylinder also found in the Fiat 500L. In this application, it makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s offered with a six-speed manual transmission and optional with four-wheel drive. Opting for the more premium engine gets you the 2.4-liter Tiger shark four-banger also found in the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. In the Jeep, it’s still short on power at 184 horsepower and 117 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic will accompany the Tigershark, as does the optional four-wheel drive.
Two separate four-wheel-drive systems are available: the Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low. Both systems are a full-time four-wheel drive that sends power to the front wheels under normal conditions, but can send up to 100 percent of power to any one wheel when traction is limited. The Active Drive Low system goes a step further by providing a low range for tackling the tougher off-road challenges with a crawl ratio of 20:1. Both systems also come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which gives the driver five separate modes to chose based on the terrain he’s currently traversing. The five modes are auto, snow, sand, mud — and on Trailhawk models only — rock mode.
2015 Jeep Renegade - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type and Description||In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged||In-line four-cylinder, 16-valve MultiAir with multiport fuel injection|
|Displacement||83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)||144 cu. in. (2,360 cc)|
|Bore x Stroke||2.83 x 3.31 in. (72.0 x 84.0 mm)||88x97|
|Valve System||Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers||SOHC, four valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate||Aluminum block, aluminum cylinder head|
|Power (SAE)||160 hp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm||184 hp (137 kW) @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque (SAE)||170 lb.-ft. (230 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm||177 lb.-ft. (236 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm|
|Max. Engine Speed||6,500 rpm (electronically limited)||6,500 rpm|
|Fuel Requirement||87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable |
91 octane recommended
|Unleaded regular, 87 octane|
|Oil Capacity||4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter||5.5 qt. (5.2 liter) (total)|
|Coolant Capacity||5.5 qt. (5.2 liter)||6.8 qt. (6.45 liter)|
Jeep hasn’t said a word about pricing as of yet. However, based on what we know about the Renegade itself, we’d venture to guess a base starting price of around $18,000 with the top-of-the-line Trailhawk model toping out around $27,000. Once Jeep releases the prices, you can be sure we’ll announce it here.
On the European market and maybe in the U.S., the new baby Jeep will have to compete against the upcoming Fiat 500X. For the American market there is no official confirmation yet for the 500X.
The 500X will feature a design language similar to the entire 500 line. Under its hood, it will get a choice of three different engines, Fiat’s two-cylinder turbocharged TwinAir engine, a 1.4-liter and a 1.3-liter turbo-diesel.
Just like with the baby Jeep the new 500X will be unveiled in 2014.
The Countryman was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show after being previewed by the Beachcomber Concept . The model is generally a slightly larger version of the Cooper, with an increased ride height and an optional all-wheel-drive system.
Like with any other Cooper model, the Countryman is offered in two versions: standard and S. The base model gets a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower, while the S version the engine is turbocharge, increasing it output to 184 horsepower.
Gallery Mini Countryman
For you author, it’s hard to place a finger on exactly how I feel about it. If it were anything other than a Jeep , I’d instantly love it. Off-roadability in a compact, fuel-efficient package with creative styling — sure, what’s not to love? But since it carries such an iconic, heroic nameplate, it’s difficult not to see the Renegade as too wimpy for the brand. Then again, the Renegade is light-years ahead of the terrible Compass and Patriot models in pretty much every way.
Perhaps a parallel could be drawn between the rough and tumble Wrangler and John Wayne; along side the comedic Gomer Pyle and the Renegade. They’re all U.S.M.C-types, but the latter two go about it in quite a different way.
- Entry-level off-road fun in a small package
- Great interior features
- Trailhawk edition earns the "Trail Rated" badge
- Looks cartoonish
- Limited powertrain options with the U.S.
- Wonder is this dilutes the Jeep brand for those hard-core Jeep fans
The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for. 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, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”
Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4x4 systems
Leveraging 4x4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 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 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.
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 is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages 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.
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 brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep 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 all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that 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.
All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.
The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new 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 removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.
My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive 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 all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4x4 architecture.”
With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), 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 all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.
The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep 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.
Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
True to the Jeep brand, the all-new Renegade will offer customers in global markets maximum off-road capability and fuel efficiency. The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:
Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings
World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.
Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 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 rearview mirror. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from Chrysler Group’s 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. AOL Autos named Uconnect Access its “Technology of the Year for 2013.” (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
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, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
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
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, setting the stage for up to 70 available safety and security features – including the 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 2015 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 will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.