Jeep Rene­gade

Fresh look, new en­gines for US brand’s Juke ri­val

Auto Express - - CONTENTS - James_brodie@den­ @jim­my­brods James Brodie

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

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