The little Jeep with a big punch.
American SUV makers Jeep are set to pull the wraps off the refreshed Renegade, updated for the 2019 model year. With the Renegade contributing significantly to the brands’ European sales, the update of the baby Jeep isn’t one that Fiat-Chrysler can afford to stuff up. As such, they’re throwing the full gamut of latest innovations from their warchest at the new car, which should make it a rather tasty proposition.
One of the more important changes will come in the powertrain department. The Renegade is set to receive a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill, like some of the larger models in the range, replete with a 48V mild-hybrid system when it goes on sale in the next year.
There should also be a 1.0-litre turbo petrol with 89kW, as well as a 1.3-litre turbo-petrols with either 111kW or 134kW depending on the state of tune. This will be more efficient than the engines presently on offer in the Renegade range, and offer buyers a greater choice insofar as motivation is concerned.
Further revisions will see the inclusion of a larger infotainment screen, namely a 6.5-inch Uconnect system that will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as absorb all the physical buttons that presently frame the infotainment screen. That should come as a plus to the younger buyers that the Renegade tends to naturally attract.
Styling is expected to be the most mildly revised aspect of the ’19 Renegade, limited to things like LED daytime running lights and new taillights (as seen in the top-most image), with the bulk of the cars’ styling to remain unchanged (for good reason: We love its tough-and-tumble looks quite a bit).