All of us on the site are jazzed up about the new Jeep Renegade. To us, as the Wrangler has grown is size and stature (especially the four-door), we can appreciate what small and nimble can mean in the world of off-roading. And your pocketbook when it comes to filling up the tank.
But it is boxy. In a good way. The rake of the windshield is not as fast as the windshield angle on the Grand Cherokee, but not as upright as the Wrangler. It’s a perfect compromise. Coupled with the square grill with round headlights you will not mistake for anything but a Jeep.
According to the engineers, the Active Drive four wheel drive system on the larger-engine automatic version will automatically decouple the rear wheels from the equation and only add power when needed. The final fuel economy numbers have not been released yet, but expect the automatic to be 30 MPG highway, and the manual 1.4 to come in even higher.
The Renegade will offer the MultiAir 1.4-liter turbo with a six-speed manual transmission only. Fiat and shifting lovers rejoice! The automatic is a nine-speed slushbox- a similar unit to the one in the Cherokee designed by Jeep and ZF.
As a must-have, the Renegade will specifically have voice capability and voice texting capability. Considering the young active demographic Jeep is trying to lure, this is a really cool feature.
Also available are two fully removable roof panels that will fit in the trunk. T-top lovers rejoice. In my old age, I must admit I like pushing a button to activate the sunroof. That will be an option as well, just the portal will not be a large.
We can’t wait to try one on and off the road!