The 2015 Jeep Renegade is not what you would expect from a Jeep vehicle as it is the first sub-compact offering from the Fiat-owned automaker. It shares its platform with the Fiat 500L and has a very European sensibility with its size and styling.
During the Jeep event at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Mike Manley, president and chief executive of Jeep Brand, presented all of the great things that are going on within the company. Details regarding the 2015 Jeep Renegade were thrown on top of this list of accomplishments.
Jeep presented two versions of its all-new Renegade model: the Trailhawk and the Latitude. The Trailhawk is the more off-road friendly vehicle featuring Jeep’s Active Drive 4×4 system with 20.1 crawl ratio, a 0.8-inch factory lift, distinctive front and rear fascias, skid plates, 17-inch off-road aluminum wheels, aggressive tires and red tow hooks. The Latitude is the more city friendly version without all the off-roading additions.
Both versions include luxury vehicle interiors with features such as the Uconnect System with hands-free calling, Selec-Terrain traction control, personalized information display and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. Many drivers will enjoy the all-new My Sky open-air, dual-panel roof feature. My Sky is essentially a cross between a traditional sunroof and Jeep soft-top convertible. It gives people a lot of flexibility when loading cargo or driving around in general.
The U.S model comes standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160-horsepower and 184 pound-foot of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. Consumers have an option to upgrade to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184-horsepower and 177 pound-foot of torque, paired to Chrysler’s nine-speed automatic.
The Renegade will be built exclusively at Fiat’s plant in central Italy. The company expects the model to be popular in China, Europe, and South America due to its flexibility, fuel efficiency, and ease to drive.
This vehicle might look unassuming, but it packs a lot of power and goes right in line with the trail-ready cars released by Jeep in previous years.
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