JEEP releases its baby Renegade
Posted: 12 March 2014 Time: 09:22
Jeep enters a whole new playing ground with the recent introduction of its smallest SUV yet.
Renegade is the first Jeep to contest the small SUV segment shuffle. Presented for the first time at the 2014 Geneva motor show, the new SUV has ostensibly been introduced to expand the Jeep brand globally, where it will compete with a number of youngsters ranging from Nissan’s Juke to Ford’s Ecosport and Peugeot’s 2008.
The Renegade will, however, be available with two all-new 4×4 systems based on that introduced in the all-new Cherokee. Jeep Active Drive is a full-time 4×4 system, while Active Drive Low adds a crawl ratio, yet both employ the manufacturer’s Selec-Terrain system with five modes for the best performance in all road conditions.
There’s also a trail-rated Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 model with features such as rock mode, and increased ride height, 17-inch all-terrain tyres and hill descent control. Riding on an all-new ‘small-wide 4×4’ platform, the Renegade will be constructed from a range of advanced steels and composites and will be the first Jeep to use Koni’s frequency selective damping front and rear strut system for top handling characteristics.
Inside the cabin, the design scheme is described as ‘soft and tactile with rugged and functional details’. These include a passenger grab handle, anodised design features, a removable and adjustable cargo floor panel and a forward-folding front passenger seat. Convenience features include Uconnnect touchscreen technologies for the SUV’s varied infotainment functions.
The Renegade will be offered in 100 markets with up to 16 powertrain combinations including four petrol and two diesel engines, a nine-speed automatic transmission (said to be first in its segment), two manual and one dual-clutch transmission.
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