New Jeep Renegade facelift spied undisguised ahead of worldwide debut
Jeep’s entry level SUV, the Renegade, which has been on sale in the international markets since 2014 is due for a facelift and two new spy-shots of the upcoming version have recently surfaced on the internet. In Jeep’s portfolio, the Renegade sits under the Compass and Jeep has allegedly been considering it for an Indian debut in late 2018, post the global unveil of the facelift. The spy shots reveal that the new Renegade will feature LED headlamps which look inspired from the ones on the new Wrangler. The new bumper looks beefier and houses the fog lamps which have been repositioned more towards the center, compared to the present model. The exterior updates also include a change in the plastic cladding’s color, from black on the current version to matte-grey in the facelift.
There is also a new touch-screen infotainment system, which is expected to be as large as 8.4 inches. Going by the trend, it is safe to assume that the new unit shall offer Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity. To add to the flavour of the update, new upholstery options and subtle changes are expected in the cabin.
The Jeep Compass, which is locally manufactured here at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Ranjangaon facility near Pune, underpins the same Small Wide 4×4 platform as the Jeep Renegade. This platform is a developed version of the one found under the Fiat Punto EVO. While unveiling the India-spec Jeep Compass, FCA had told us that the Ranjangaon plant was virtually ready to roll out the Renegade as well.
In fact, it had been tested alongside the Compass when FCA was gearing up for the launch of the India-spec Compass. Excluding for their magnitudes, these vehicles are pretty similar. The India-bound Renegade shall be sharing its engine options with its elder sibling, the Jeep Compass. The baby SUV is probable to be offered with 2 engine options, a 140hp, 2.0-litre diesel mill and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine. Two-wheel drive is believed to come as standard, along with a full-time four-wheel drive option.