Fresh look, new engines for US brand’s Juke rival
Fresh look and new engines for Juke-rivalling SUV
JEEP has fully revealed its refreshed Renegade, and the facelifted model goes on sale in Britain later this year with a sharper look and a trio of allnew petrol engines under the bonnet.
The Renegade’s chunky, Wranglerinspired design has been refined with a series of minor styling revisions. On the sporty Limited model, the changes inject a more upmarket image into the company’s Nissan Juke rival.
At the front end, the Renegade gets new headlamps with LED daytime running lights, while the bumper has been redesigned with a more aggressive front apron and repositioned foglights. New X-patterned tail-lamps are the highlight around the back, with LED clusters available on high-spec models.
You’ll have to look hard to find changes inside. The only design tweak here is a new central console with a built-in smartphone holder, new storage compartments and new cup-holders. Elsewhere, the Renegade’s relatively spacious interior doesn’t change.
Infotainment remains largely the same as well, with five-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreen display options available. The latter now features Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, however.
Lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition now come as standard.
The biggest news is the arrival of three brand new petrol engine options, injecting more power and claiming improvements to fuel economy. A 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo develops 118bhp and 190Nm of torque, sending drive to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Above it sits a new 1.3litre four-cylinder engine, with 148bhp or 178bhp and developing 270Nm.
Both four-cylinders feature automatic boxes – a DCT on the 148bhp engine, and a nine-speed torque converter with all-wheel drive on the 178bhp.
The Renegade’s 1.6 and 2.0-litre, four-wheel-drive diesels remain, but have been updated to meet Euro 6d emissions regulations. The new car is due in dealers in Europe in September.
As well as fresh lights front and rear, Renegade has range of new engines