Parent company Fiat has announced the latest Jeep Renegade will soon be on sale in the UK, priced from £16,995. Orders for the pint-sized sports utility vehicle will begin on June 6th, 2015.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade shares a platform with the Fiat 500X crossover. It has the option of various petrol and diesel engines, including a 1.6-litre eTorq Evo Sport with 110hp and a 2.0-litre MultiJey with 120hp. Fuel economy figures and CO2 emissions have yet to be released, but we know there’s an option for either two- or four-wheel drive.
Four trim levels are coming to the UK: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. Standard equipment on the entry-level sport includes a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth, air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring and remote central locking.
Longitude adds 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, six-speaker audio system, roof rails, body coloured door mirrors and handles, cruise control and front fog lamps.
Limited ups the ante with 18-inch alloy wheels, chromed exhaust tip, Forward Collision Mitigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and tinted windows aka privacy glass.
Going Trailhawk improves the off-roading capabilities even further with dual zone climate control, a transfer case, smaller alloy wheels and front suspension and fuel tank skid plates. Two types of open-air roof systems can be specified, an electric sliding glass roof and a My Sky roof that lets you store the two roof panels in the boot.
Helping with efficiency is a rear axle disconnect that allows the 2015 Jeep Renegade to go between two- and four-wheel drive when the situation dictates, which coupled with a nine-speed automatic should mean less time spent filling up with petrol.
Better still, it scored a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, which means you have more of a chance of surviving in the event of an accident.
Inside is a very Fiat-inspired interior, which means decent plastics and a touch of colour, depending on your preference. Measuring the same size as a Skoda Yeti, head and legroom should be ample for all passengers.
Jeep UK head of brand Damien Dally said: “It’s exactly what the Jeep brand needs now and certainly, we have seen a huge interest in this exciting new car. Jeep is the original ‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’ brand, and we are confident that we can offer great cars at exceptional value to keep Renegade at the front of all prospective buyers’ minds.”
Prices range between £16,995 for the 1.6 eTorq Evo 110hp Sport rising to £25,695 for the 2.0 MJet 140hp 4WD Opening Edition, the latter of which includes a choice of two unique paintjobs, unique interior, 18-inch alloys, black painted roof and a run of just 200 cars.