Jeep is working on the facelift of their entry-level SUV, the Renegade. The upcoming car has been spied in the international market before the launch later this year. In India, it will be launched next year and it will become the most-affordable Jeep badged SUV in the country. A new set of pictures reveals what the car, which will also launch in India, will look like and the updated front-end of the vehicle.
The new Jeep Renegade gets a new front-end. It gets the iconic seven-slat grille with squared headlamps on either side. The projector headlamps inside the housing gets round reflectors giving the headlamp a unique identity. The bumper has been restructured too but it is hidden under the heavy camouflage. The bumper also gets repositioned fog lamp housing, which is much closer to each other now. The upcoming Renegade also gets an updated rear-end with new LED tail lamps but the heavy camouflage hides the updates.
Other updates that will feature in the upcoming Jeep Renegade include the new LED daytime running lamps on the outside. On the inside, the mini SUV will get a new 6.5-inch touchscreen unit with Jeep’s U-Connect. The new unit gets Apple CarPlay and Android auto connectivity.
In the international markets, the new Renegade will be powered by a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid system is available with many international Jeep models but it is not expected in the Indian model. The Indian-spec Jeep Renegade is expected to get the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Compass. However, the engine will be re-tuned to produce less power and more fuel efficiency. We may also see a diesel engine in the Indian model but it cannot be confirmed as of now.
The Jeep Renegade is not a sub 4-meter SUV, which means it will not receive any tax benefits in the Indian market if launched without any alterations. However, the Compass has received a massive response in the market and if Jeep prices the Renegade smartly, it can pose a tough challenge to the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Hyundai Creta in the Indian market.