Small but Mighty, the 2019 Jeep Renegade is Here

October 16th, 2018 by

Originally introduced in 2015 as a replacement for the then outgoing Jeep® Patriot, the Renegade served as a testament to the Jeep brand and how committed the automaker is to developing functional small crossovers. After only four years on the market, the 2019 Renegade receives its first refreshing upgrades that equip it with a brand new standard engine and a few aesthetic changes.

The 2019 Renegade brings us more torque, more power, and more fuel efficiency with its newest upmarket engine offering. A new 1.3-liter turbo engine, affectionately dubbed the “Firefly”, has a smaller displacement as it shrinks by 68 cubic centimeters in its all-new aluminum construction and offers up a mighty 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Limited and Trailhawk trims will both enjoy the Firefly as the standard powertrain, while it will remain as an option for the other trims that will instead be paired with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, capable of producing 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque – not bad! Additionally, Jeep has done away with the six-speed manual transmission – going forward, all Jeep Renegade vehicles will be paired with a newly refined nine-speed automatic transmission.

Industry experts expect an improved fuel economy (now an estimated 32 mpg on the highway), but there are no definitive figures available as of yet. The Jeep brand apparently wants to offset the much more profitable big-engine Grand Cherokee model’s fuel economy with their smallest crossover, and thus, it’s very likely that they will continue to refine and fine-tune their engines for years to come. Other changes to the 2019 Renegade include a new hood that wraps over the grille and headlamps for a more horizontal look, a new fascia for an improved front view, new 19-inch wheel designs for the Latitude and Limited trims, and optional LED head- and tail lamps.

Inside, the 5-inch infotainment display remains as the base, while 7-inch and 8.4-inch optional touchscreens with navigation are offered on the higher-tier trims. New instrument-cluster graphics also make an appearance, and the Advanced Technology package – complete with adaptive cruise control, ParkSense, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist Plus, and front parking sensors features – is a significant improvement as well.

Journalists were recently invited out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Chelsea Proving Ground to test drive the 2019 Renegade. They reported that the Renegade is indeed small but mighty, with an ability to accelerate up to 60 mph in nine seconds or less. The refined and recalibrated nine-speed transmission is said to be smooth without any audible throttle to be heard when quickly switching between gears. The gear speeds inside the transmission are quietly synchronized so that shifts happen quickly and are significantly less noticeable – an improvement indeed!

The Trailhawk trim of the Renegade gets a special mention as the little Jeep that could thanks to its Active Drive Low gearing with an improved 21:1 crawl ratio, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, hill-descent control, up to 19 inches of water fording capacity, 8.1-inches of wheel articulation, and protective skid plates. Performing as intended, the Renegade Trailhawk’s recalibrated engine helps control the throttle when off-roading and rock climbing with precision without the slightest surge of turbo boost. The 2019 Jeep Renegade has a starting MSRP of $23,275 (plus destination fee) and is making its way to dealer lots across the nation.

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