The Renegade marks Jeep’s first foray into subcompact territory, and while its city-sized proportions make it perfect for zipping around town, it also boasts genuinely capable off-road ability for when adventure beckons: The Renegade will be available with either front-wheel drive or a choice of two intelligent four-wheel drive systems developed using technology borrowed from the new Jeep Cherokee. Jeep Active Drive uses a disconnecting rear axle and power-take-off unit to provide class-leading fuel efficiency together with what Jeep claims is best-in class off-road
For the ultimate in off-road ability, the Renegade will even be available in trail-rated Trailhawk trim featuring Selec-Terrain system with exclusive rock mode, 18 mm greater ride height (221 mm instead of 203 mm), skid plates, hill-descent control and unique fascias for a 30.5-degree approach angle, 27.5-degree breakover and 34.3-degree departure angle.
Under the hood, the Renegade will offer either a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual transmission or a 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir2 engine delivering 184 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
To aid with on-road safety the Renegade will be available with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection and a backup camera, in addition to expected safety equipment such as electronic stability control and seven standard airbags.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade was designed in America and will be built in Italy for sale in worldwide markets. It is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in January 2015.
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