This is the 2018 Jeep Renegade, a facelifted and refreshed version of the current model that gets new engines, upgraded technology, up-to-date safety and driver assistance features and a few nip-and-tuck design changes. The new small SUV will continue to challenge rivals like the Suzuki Vitara, Mazda CX-3 and Dacia Duster when it arrives in September.
Available in four trim levels (Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk), the new Jeep Renegade is powered by a range of engines which now includes three new petrol options and a three diesels. A 118bhp 1.0-litre is the smallests of the petrol models, joined by a 1.3-litre unit with 148bhp or 178bhp. Diesels are available in 118bhp 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre form, with the latter available in 138 or 168bhp outputs. Official economy and emissions figures haven’t been released yet, but all engines are now compliant with the latest Euro 6/D regulations. Both two- and four-wheel drive models are available, along with a six-speed manual and two automatics, depending on configuration.
The Jeep Renegade gets a technological makeover for 2018; there’s a 5.0-inch or 8.4-inch screen for the uprated Uconnect infotainment system depending which trim level you choose. The larger of the two features sat nav and the option of Jeep Skills, an app that can be used to monitor the driver’s off-road driving. It’ll give guidance when tackling tough terrain, as well as displaying information like oil pressure, steering angle and g-forces.
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Safety is improved with the addition of lane-departure warning, intelligent speed assist and traffic sign recognition systems as standard on all models. An optional and improved automatic park assist system features, along with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross detection.
On the styling front, Jeep has left what wasn’t broken well alone – evolutionary touches include new LED headlights like those on the latest Jeep Wrangler, new 19-inch wheels and re-worked front and rear bumpers. The car’s interior is likely to stay much as it was before – filled with surprise-and-delight touches.What does the new Jeep Renegade mean for car buyers?
The Jeep Renegade has always been a leftfield small SUV choice, but also a practical one – if you need to tackle farm tracks, muddy fields or snow, the Jeep’s great four-wheel drive system is amongst the best in the class – and now it looks set to get better.
Rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and Mini Countryman are better to drive on-road and the bargainous Dacia Duster is hard to ignore at this price-point, but the Jeep Renegade stand-out styling, practical boxy shape and go-anywhere credentials mean there are plenty of potential customers. Watch out for our full review when we get our hands on it later this year.
Jeep has recently announced that it has nine new models in the pipeline, one of which looks set to be an electrified version of the Jeep Renegade before 2022.