The Jeep Renegade is a capable little utility that fills in for someone who wants the Wrangler experience, but maybe doesn’t want to spend the extra cash or prefers a bit different driving dynamics.
For 2019, the Renegade receives some significant updates, including a shiny new set of headlights and new powertrain offerings.
We had a chance to very briefly drive the new Renegade and FCA’s Chelsea Proving Grounds back in June and our first impressions on the 1.3L engine are pretty solid. There’s plenty of oomph for a car in this class, and the 9-speed automatic seems pretty solid in this application.
Here’s a rundown of what is new in the Renegade, and we will bring you more when we get a chance to spend a little bit more time in the mini-Wrangler.
- All-new 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that increases fuel efficiency and reduces emissions now standard on Limited and Trailhawk models (optional on Sport and Latitude), providing 177 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque
- New active grille shutters now included (not on Trailhawk models) and engine stop-start (ESS) technology for increased fuel efficiency
- Refreshed exterior design includes new front fascias and grille surround
- New aluminum wheel designs
- New 19-inch aluminum Granite Crystal-painted wheel option on Latitude and Limited models
- New Bikini, Slate Blue and Sting Grey exterior paint colors (late availability)
- New LED Lighting Group includes LED headlamps, daytime running lamps (DRL), cornering fog lamps and tail lamps
- New features added to Advanced Tech Group include adaptive cruise control, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist Plus and front park sensors
- New instrument cluster graphics