JEEP RENEGADE LIMITED
The Renegade isn’t due here until October so details like price and specification have yet to be set. Australia is unlikely to take the base head unit, which has just a radio display and so does without a reversing camera. In Limited guise, expect a 6.5-inch touchscreen, rain-sensing wipers, leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats.
Sold with a 1.4-litre turbo engine or naturally aspirated 2.4-litre. The turbo is the pick for enthusiasts, while the 2.4 does the job with less fuss. Both have yet to be officially rated for fuel use but did about 8.0L/100km during the international launch last month. The nine-speed auto shifts early and often and you won’t see much of eighth and ninth gear in normal driving. Australia is not (yet) taking a diesel engine.
Outdoor adventure was used to inspire the interior, from the coloured metal bezels around the vents and speakers to “Easter egg” Jeep motifs in the cabin. Vision and interior room are good and the latest Uconnect infotainment system is a step up on the norm in this class. Externally the Renegade is being pitched as a Wrangler homage, with round headlamps, square, seven-slot grille and removable MySky roof panels.
The Renegade cedes an airbag to the Skoda but is still has five stars and Jeep says it has the highest percentage of high-tensile steel of any vehicle in its line-up. It can also be optioned with the likes of autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blindspot and lane departure alerts and more.
Firm suspension keeps it from rolling through corners. The frequency selective dampers quell secondary jostling and make the Jeep a comfortable place to play. AWD and 200mm of wheel articulation make it an impressive off-roader. Driving position is relaxed and electric steering feels solid under the palms.