Facelifted Jeep Renegade compact SUV revealed

Facelifted Jeep Renegade compact SUV revealed

American SUV specialist Jeep has just revealed the facelifted version of the Renegade. The compact SUV will get a mildly revamped front and rear-end design. The profile of the compact SUV remains unchanged though. The front gets new LED headlamps and daytime running LEDs, a revised bumper and skid plates.

The rear gets new tail lamps, a new bumper and skid plates. The facelifted Renegade also gets a new touchscreen infotainment panel that’s larger while the climate control unit has been borrowed from the Cherokee. The Renegade also gets a new, 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, whose power and torque outputs are yet to be revealed.

The Renegade is expected to get turbocharged diesel engines in specific markets of the world. The facelifted Renegade could be introduced in India sometime next year. A mild hybrid version of the Renegade is said to be in the works. While the Renegade compact SUV has been spotted testing on Indian roads for a couple of years now, Jeep is yet to make an official announcement about whether this SUV will actually be launched here.

The Renegade is based on Fiat’s Small Wide platform. It’s a monocoque SUV that’s front wheel driven across most variants. However, in true Jeep tradition, the automaker offers an all-wheel drive variant of the Renegade in the Trailhawk trim. The compact SUV is sold with both right-hand drive and left-hand drive variants, making it India-ready. If launched in India, the Renegade is expected to sit well below the Jeep Compass in terms of price and positioning.

It’s likely to get a starting price tag of under Rs. 10 lakhs. At this price point, the Compass will take vehicles, such as the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. If greenlit for the Indian market, the Renegade is expected to see a high amount of localization, just like the Compass. This is the only way Jeep can take on the Creta and Duster when it comes to pricing.

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