A mildly facelifted version of the Jeep Renegade small SUV will go on sale in September, priced from £19,200.
The model launched originally in 2015 and immediately became the most popular model in the Jeep range, at one point accounting for three quarters of the brand’s UK sales.
Major changes to the new line-up are the addition of new petrol engines – a three-cylinder of 1.0-litre and 120hp, and a four-cylinder 1.3-litre with 150hp. They sit alongside updated versions of the 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel units, modifications made to ensure they meet the latest Euro 6d-TEMP/D emissions regulations.
Reports have previously suggested that Jeep plans to add both a 2.0-litre mild hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model to the Renegade range by 2020.
All of the current Renegade engine line-up can now be combined either with a six-speed manual gearbox, dual-clutch unit or a nine-speed auto transmission.
Styling changes include revisions to the signature seven-slot grille, with new head and fog lights. The alloy wheel design has been changed and several customisation options added, seven different versions available in 16, 17, 18 and for the first time 19-inch sizings. The biggest diameter can only be specified with the range-topping Limited trim.
The interior has been updated and its storage capacity increased. Fiat Chrysler Auto’s Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system is included, either in five-inch or eight-inch sizes and with a more powerful processor. It controls the climate and sound systems, while the larger version includes navigation.
Safety specification improvements include the addition of lane departure and speed assistance aids, the latter with traffic sign recognition.
As previously the Renegade will be offered in both 2WD and 4WD versions. The £19,200 entry price, up by more than £900 on the previous model, buys the Sport model with the 1.0-litre gearbox, manual transmission and front-wheel-drive.
The cheapest all-wheel-drive Renegade comes in at £28,200, in Limited spec with the 2.0-litre diesel engine, while there is also a Trailhawk model that includes a low-range gearbox.
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