Officially unveiled at the Geneva auto show last month, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is not your typical Jeep. It’s the automaker’s first subcompact crossover with a smaller and less expensive stature than other models. Set to compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore among others, the Renegade’s hipster looks and everyday efficiency, paired with the rugged capabilities for which Jeep is well known, will power this vehicle past its competition.
Getting down to it, the 2015 model will come standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. It also features an option for drivers to step up to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines can be ordered with front- or all-wheel drive, with Trailhawk models adding a low 20:1 crawl ratio, low-speed pedal mapping, and low-gear shift strategy for more serious rock-hopping. Full fuel economy figures have yet to be released, but Jeep promises more than 30 mpg with the more powerful 2.4-liter engine.
Boasting copious amounts of character, there are two removable roof panels to let the sunshine in over front and rear passengers, or alternatively, a power sunroof can be installed in its place. Jeep also hid so-called “easter eggs,” that owners get to discover when they own the car. We won’t give away all of them but if, say, you were to look for a Jeep silhouette on the wheels or Jeep’s trademark face on the inside of the tailgate, you’ll see the kind of stuff we’re talking about.
On the outside, the Renegade has the necessary ground clearance—6.7 inches standard, up to 8.7 inches for Trailhawk models—as well as Koni shocks and an independent front and rear suspension that affords comfortable wheel articulation. It’s also available with Jeep’s fantastic Selec-Terrain electronic off-road powertrain system that has turned other Jeeps, like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, into credible off-roaders.
But let’s get to the fun part—the pictures: