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2018 Jeep B-Ute

2018 Jeep B-Ute

When a Renegade Trailhawk is not enough!

Introduced in 2014, the Jeep Renegade was received with some skepticism, mostly for being based on a Fiat platform and for being built outside the United States. But the company’s smallest SUV yet became a popular choice in its first three years on the market, with nearly 250,000 units sold in the U.S. and more than 470,000 examples delivered worldwide. The Renegade is close to receiving its mid-cycle update in 2018, but until that happens, Jeep gave the mini SUV a makeover for the Moab Easter Safari. It’s called the B-Ute and is equipped for the ultimate off-road adventure.

Fitted with a series of Jeep Performance Parts, the B-Ute would slot above the Trailhawk model in the lineup if it were to become a production model. It has more rugged features, bespoke interior parts, and enhanced off-roading capability thanks to a lift kit and larger wheels and tires. The name itself is a bit weird, as it combines the letter "B" with the term used for utility vehicles in Australian. Read together, and it would seem like Jeep wanted to call this SUV "beauty." And it’s certainly not! But hey, it was built to tackle rough terrain and not win beauty contests, so it doesn’t really matter.

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Think the Jeep Renegade is Small? There Could be an Even Smaller Jeep in the Works

Think the Jeep Renegade is Small? There Could be an Even Smaller Jeep in the Works

More Jeep models mean more profits for FCA

Jeep is an immensely lucrative brand these days, and Fiat Chrysler is wisely cashing in on the moneymaker. FCA is reportedly developing a “baby Jeep” that’s smaller than the current Renegade for use in global markets like China and Europe.

A report from Automotive News quotes Jeep boss Mike Manley as saying the brand is looking “very closely” at a small crossover. What’s more, the Jeep would already have a chassis to borrow – the Mini architecture currently underpinning the Fiat Panda and several other city cars sold across Europe. FCA’s Pomigliano assembly plant outside Naples, Italy has already been selected as the factory. That’s not too surprising given the Panda is currently built there.

However, according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne who spoke on the topic at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the Panda is scheduled to vacate the Pomigliano factory between 2019 and 2020. Marchionne said Pomigliano “can work on more complex cars than the Panda.” Perhaps that means the Jeep will be more adept at off-road than even the beefed-up Fiat Panda Cross.

Unfortunately, it seems development of this baby Jeep has hit roadblocks, according to reports from Automotive News Europe. Speculation suggests delays could be tied to developing a more capable off-roader from the Mini platform in order to retain Jeep’s Trail Rated status. That ties in with Marchionne’s statement.

Naturally, such a small crossover would flop here in the U.S., so Jeep will reserve the compact model for its international markets. That means the Reengaged will likely continue being America’s smallest Jeep product, which is totally fine.

Of course, Jeep is also building SUVs in the other direction. Jeep has all but debuted the Ram 1500 pickup-based Wagoneer and luxury-minded Grand Wagoneer. Both models were promised by Marchionne a few years back as Jeep’s way of competing with Ranger Rover and the other high-end SUVs flooding the market. Moreover, Jeep has its upcoming Grand Commander three-row SUV that will be completely dedicated to the Chinese automotive market.

What do you think? Should Jeep build a compact model below the Renegade and sell it everywhere but inside the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

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2019 Jeep Renegade

2019 Jeep Renegade

The baby Jeep is getting a facelift

The cute-ute Jeep Renegade is getting its first mid-cycle refresh. Spy photographers spotted a camouflaged Renegade winter testing in Europe along side the euro-spec Wrangler JL and some Alfa Romeo products. The changes are confined to the Renegade’s front and rear fascias, along with tweaks to the dashboard.

Changes to the drivetrain will likely be limited to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and updated Active Drive 4WD system, both courtesy of the updated 2019 Cherokee. Jeep could even include its new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, though at 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, is a big jump over the for the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and its 180 horses and 175 pound-feet. The power would certainly be welcomed, though.

Jeep is expected to debut the updated Renegade sometime in 2018 ahead of the 2019 model year.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

A prettier face and new powertrain options

Jeep has brought a mild facelift and some powertrain improvements to the Cherokee for 2019. Jeep divulged all the details at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit alongside Fiat Chrysler’s other big reveal, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500.

This marks the first change to the current Cherokee since its introduction in 2014. Despite strong sales averaging around 200,000 per year in the U.S. alone, many complained about the Cherokee’s ugly mug. Jeep obviously listened as the front and rear mark the only external changes, along with five new wheel options. The interior also sees minor changes with Satin Chrome and Piano Black accents, a slightly larger cargo area, and the new fourth-generation Uconnect software that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on both the 7.0- and 8.4-inch touchscreens.

Jeep didn’t forget about the powertrain, either. An all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available, while an updated nine-speed automatic transmission is said to have better refinement thanks to new software. The 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 and 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 return.

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First Drive: 2017 Jeep Compass

First Drive: 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep’s one-for-two is twice as good

The Jeep Compass enters its second generation for 2017 and is new from the tire treads up. That’s a huge deal considering just how terrible the first generation Compass was. It’s clear Jeep is confident the new Compass will succeed; it not only replaces the outgoing version, but also the equally terrible Patriot. The new Compass joins the boxy Renegade and funky Cherokee to comprise a relatively new crossover lineup. To see how the 2017 Compass stacks up, I took it for a quick spin along the grounds at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas.

The Compass might be all-new compared to the previous version, but its underpinning and greasy bits are familiar. It rides on a lengthened version of the Renegade’s Small-Wide 4x4 chassis and uses the same 2.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder and transmission options. The longer wheelbase positions the Compass directly between the smaller Renegade and larger Cherokee. Four trim levels rage from bare bones to tricked-out. They are the Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Expect the Latitude, pictured here, to be the volume seller. So how’s the Compass drive? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 Jeep Compass By Mopar

2017 Jeep Compass By Mopar

Jeep launches lineup of Mopar accessories for the Compass

Jeep has a long history with vehicle customization and personalization going back to the first CJ Jeeps produced after WWII. These days, instead of plows, seeders, and hay rakes, Jeep customers are looking for aftermarket equipment designed for improved off-road capabilities, everyday usability, and curb-size appearance. Mopar has been there for much of Jeep’s history but is now enjoying a renaissance in popularity thanks to a wide selection of dealer add-on parts. These accessories are able to be wrapped inside vehicle financing and are covered under warranty.

Mopar’s latest batch of parts fits Jeep’s newest product – the 2017 Jeep Compass. This two-row crossover slots between the Renegade and Cherokee, both in size and price. Its sleek, modern looks are arguably more attractive than the Cherokee, while still harking back to Jeep’s glory days.

To showcase Mopar’s new line of more than 90 Compass accessories, Jeep created this one-off demo model with a bevy of upgrades. Pietro Gorlier, the head of Mopar, said this regarding the new lineup of parts:

“Owners can put their unique stamp on the all-new Jeep Compass right at launch with a full line of authentic Jeep accessories. Mopar celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, and we continue to deliver products that remain true to the DNA of each brand and the personality of each vehicle. With a full line of accessories available at launch, we’re ready to do that for 2017 Jeep Compass owners.”

The wide selection of Mopar parts and accessories give Jeep owners many direction possibilities. From simple window shades and floor mats to larger wheels and rock rails, the Mopar catalog gives plenty of choices.

Mopar’s list of highlighted products is below.

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Big Fuel Economy Improvements for the 2017 Jeep Compass, EPA Estimates

Big Fuel Economy Improvements for the 2017 Jeep Compass, EPA Estimates

Better mileage increases appeal for Jeep’s newest two-row crossover

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is doubling down on SUVs, crossovers, and pickups these days, which means its CAFÉ rating stands to take a hit. Thankfully technology and better design is coming to the rescue. Jeep’s newest vehicle, the 2017 Compass, has a respectable jump in fuel economy over its outgoing (and very outdated) predecessor.

The EPA estimated the 2017 Jeep Compass equipped with 4WD will achieve 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. That represents a two-, five-, and three-mpg jump over the outgoing Compass. The EPA has not tested a FWD Compass as of this writing, but we expect to see even better fuel economy in that model.

Much of the Compass’ economy improvements can be attributed to its new version of the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine is upgraded with the new MultiAir2 valvetrain system, which uses electro-hydraulic mechanisms to operate the 16 overhead valves. The resulting power increase is also a welcomed addition, though it is a modest one. The 2017 Compass makes 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. That’s an eight-horsepower and 10-pound-feet improvement over the previous-generation Compass.

The in-house nine-speed automatic transmission comes only with 4WD models and is designed to “optimize engine output” and for “aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds.” Those Compass models with the standard-fair FWD system will actually get a six-speed manual transmission. Optionally, a six-speed automatic transmission is offered and will likely be the volume-leading choice for average consumers.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will official hit showrooms in February of 2017 and be sold alongside the remaining previous-generation Compass models. Be sure to specify the new Compass to your salesman when asking about inventory. Once the EPA released its findings on the FWD Compass, we’ll bring you that information.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude

2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude

More style and attitude for Jeep’s Cute ‘Ute

Jeep announced two new special edition Renegades ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, each with their own unique personality and style. The Renegade Deserthawk is all about off-roading, while this, the 2017 Renegade Altitude is all about street cred with its murdered-out appearance. The Renegade Altitude continues Jeep’s use of the Altitude name and blacked-out styling cues, though this si the first time we’ve seen such a package on the Renegade.

“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. Manley says the Renegade Altitude is “for customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance,” and mentions that this special-edition model builds off the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.

The 2017 Renegade Altitude is based off the Renegade’s Latitude trim level and brings many of the same features found on that model. These things include the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with its MultiAir2 valvetrain system, a six-speed manual transmission, and standard features that include ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go. The Renegade Altitude can also be had with the 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Optional with either powertrain is Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude will go on sale beginning in November 2016 for a starting price of $22,390. That represents a $995 increase over the 2016 Renegade Latitude model. There’s a ton more information about the 2017 Renegade Altitude, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

The Renegade goes full desert mode for 2017

Jeep announced two new special-edition Renegade models ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show – the 2017 Renegade Altitude and this, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk. Playing off Jeeps current “-hawk” naming scheme, the Deserthawk brings a slew of minor upgrades that form a rather complete and intriguing special-edition trim. Best of all, this production Jeep is birthed directly from the 2015 Renegade Desert Hawk concept Jeep built for the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari.

This goes to show that Jeep takes its concept vehicles very seriously. While some might be on the wild side, others have the ability to transition into production. That’s exactly the case with the Renegade Deserthawk. Even down to the paint color and graphics package, this production Jeep mirrors the once one-off custom upgrades found on the 2015 concept.

“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,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.

Jeep is going so far an announcing pricing and release dates. Yep, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk carries a base price of $28,140 and will be available come January of 2017. There’s a ton more information Jeep announced about this special-edition model, so keep reading for the full scoop.

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More Details Surface on 2018 Jeep Compass

More Details Surface on 2018 Jeep Compass

Measurements and such included in Brazilian press release

The debut of the 2018 Jeep Compass has finally stirred the contents at the bottom of Jeep’s barrel, bringing new action to a stale segment. We’ve already told you everything Jeep official released for the U.S. media, but now sources in Brazil are posting more detailed info on the little cute ‘ute.

To be clear, the Compass just started production in Brazil for global markets. That’s why the news is coming from South America. The U.S.-spec Compass will be built in Mexico and make its official debut at the 2016 LA International Auto Show in November. Stay tuned for that.

Anyways, thanks to MotorChase (and Jalopnik for finding the news) we now know even more details regarding Jeep’s newest crossover. Skip on down for the full blast of stats and measurements.

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Steering Wheel Shortage Disrupts Jeep Cherokee & Grand Cherokee Production

Steering Wheel Shortage Disrupts Jeep Cherokee & Grand Cherokee Production

The short-lived halt shouldn’t affect dealers or customers

Production of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee were halted this week due to a shortage of steering wheels. The short-lived ordeal is over, FCA reports, and dealerships should not feel any negative consequences thanks to a 90-day supply average.

Specifically, Cherokee production was halted when afternoon shifts were shortened Tuesday. Thursday morning shifts were canceled altogether at Jeep’s Toledo North Assembly Plant. Similarly, the Grand Cherokee’s production stopped at Jeep’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit on Wednesday morning, with production resuming 24 hours later. Production of the Wrangler was unaffected.

The steering wheels are produced in Mexico by Key Safety Systems, which is headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Despite the delays, Key Safety System is ranked 91 in Automotive News’ top 100 suppliers to North America, giving it some credit for past work.

Thankfully Jeep has 59,951 unsold Cherokees and 58,277 unsold Grand Cherokees in its national inventory, giving the automaker a 92-day and 87-day supply, respectively of the popular SUVs. It’s worth noting a 60-day supply is considered optimal, allowing for a good-sized dealer inventory without an overcrowding issue.

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Jeep Renegade Drives Olympic-Standard White Water Rafting Course

Jeep Renegade Drives Olympic-Standard White Water Rafting Course

Jeep demonstrates the Renegade’s water fording talents

The folks over at Jeep U.K. decided to demonstrate the water fording capabilities of the Jeep Renegade. But rather than wading in some lackadaisical stream, the team chose the rushing waters of the Cardiff International White Water Center. This Olympic-standard course flows 3.8 million gallons of water per hour in only 820 feet of course, with a 30-foot drop in elevation from start to finish.

Needless to say, the challenge is real.

Jeep chose to use a nearly stock Renegade Trailhawk for the challenge. Jeep and Red Bull ambassador, and snowboarding champ Aimee Fuller would do the driving. The only changes made to the Jeep including adding drain holes in the footwells, raising the airbag ECU by a half-inch, and mounting up a set of winter tires.

The video dramatizes what looks like an uneventful drive down the man-made rapids. The Jeep never seems to be pushed by the water or to have lost traction, alluding to its impressive off-roading abilities. Granted, driving in swift-moving water in an uncontrolled environment is about the dumbest thing anyone can do. It takes a surprisingly little amount of rushing water to sweep a vehicle – even a high-riding crossover – off the road.

Nevertheless, the stunt is impressive to watch. It’s also impressive no other automaker has tired this before, making the Jeep Renegade the first vehicle to ever attempt the feat.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Commander Concept

2016 Jeep Renegade Commander Concept

A Renegade concept that’s perfect for hitting the trails at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari

The 50th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari is coming up with a quickness, and Jeep has put together a number of functional concepts to bring to the party. Some are more interesting and more in-depth than others, but each and every one is special in its own way. Today I’m taking a look at the Jeep Renegade Commander Concept, and while it isn’t as crazy as the Jeep Trailcat Concept or as iconic as the Jeep Crew Chief 715, it does offer its own unique features that are well worth talking about.

Jeep and Mopar have been teaming up to build functional concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari since 2002, using a range of Mopar Performance Parts, and some custom parts to get the job done. Unlike some of the concepts, this Renegade Commander Concept could be replicated pretty easily if it was really something you wanted to take the time to do – a lot easier than the Trailcat Concept anyway.

As you would expect, this concept features a number of different add-ons to make it more worthy of off-roading, but Jeep and Mopar didn’t go overboard on this one. Of course, the Renegade wasn’t that bad for off-roading to begin with, but the features we’re about to discuss makes it that much better. Surely this model will be a blast on the trails in Moab, Utah this year.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition

2016 Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition

Jeep adds to the Batman v Superman hype

Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures ahead of its latest superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Included in the partnership is a special edition Jeep Renegade appropriately called the Dawn of Justice Special Edition. More over, Warner Bros. will be promoting its film, which debuts nationwide on March 25, 2016, using the Renegade. Be sure to watch the 30-second trailer above.

Ben Affleck fans will enjoy the movie trailer, as he pilots the Jeep through crumbling debris and massive explosions. Promotions will extend onto social media and other digital outlets to help create awareness. Jeep isn’t the only FCA brand present, however. The movie includes products from Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and FCA’s sister company CNH Industrial, whose products include Iveco heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

“Our partnership with Warner Bros. and the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film allows us to expose the Jeep Renegade and its best-in-class capability to an incredibly vast audience,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand for FCA Global. “The new Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition boasts a unique, dark appearance package for the most capable small SUV that we’re confident consumers – including millions of moviegoers – will love.”

So what’s the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition all about? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition

2016 Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition

It has now been 75 years since the first Jeep was introduced in 1941, just ahead of the U.S. involvement in WWII. It was good timing, as it meant that U.S. forces were properly equipped for the war, and it also meant that the Jeep brand was able to grow very quickly. To commemorate the anniversary, Jeep is rolling out a whole series of special editions for all of the brand’s models. This includes a whole, frankly impressive, range of exclusive paint colors and other aesthetic touches and options bundles.

The Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition isn’t quite as optioned up as some of the other special editions, as Jeep clearly wanted to offer a whole range of pricing options, and with the Renegade being one of the more inexpensive models already, it wouldn’t have made a lot of sense to option it up too much. The package doesn’t make for a big increase in price, because if any brand knows how to make a special edition that’s worth buying, it is still definitely Jeep. The special edition is based on the Renegade Latitude, which is the middle trim level of the small SUV, so a lot of options would be included whether it was a special edition or not.

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