2015 Jeep Renegade

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What's New for 2015:
  • All-new model for 2015
  • Small SUV features available full-time 4WD
  • Choice of 4-cylinder engines
  • Trailhawk trim level is \"Trail Rated\"
  • Selec-Terrain technology is available

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new, compact SUV model. The base model features front-wheel drive (FWD), but full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available. It's the smallest vehicle in Jeep's lineup, being 16 in. shorter than the Jeep Cherokee, and 2 in. narrower.

Models and Features
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is offered in four trim levels: base Sport; Latitude; Limited; and Trailhawk. All offer the choice of FWD or 4WD, and all feature Jeep's signature round headlights, 7-slot grille, and trapezoidal wheel arches.

The Renegade Sport's standard equipment includes a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 6-speed manual transmission or class-exclusive 9-speed automatic; 16-in. steel wheels; 3.5-in. personalized instrument cluster; remote keyless entry with panic alarm; height-adjustable rear cargo floor; front and rear power windows with driver and passenger one-touch up and down; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; fold-forward front passenger seat; and hill-start assist.

The 2015 Renegade Latitude features 16-in. aluminum wheels; deep-tint sunscreen glass; leather-wrapped steering wheel; rearview camera; 5-in. Uconnect touch screen with hands-free calling; and front fog lamps.

The Renegade Limited features a 2.4-liter engine with 9-speed automatic transmission; 18-in. aluminum wheels; heated leather-trimmed seats with 8-way power driver's seat and power lumbar adjust; heated steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob; 7-in. full color personalized instrument cluster display; remote vehicle start; and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

The Trailhawk version of the new Renegade is \"Trail Rated\" and, according to Jeep, offers best-in-class 4x4 capability. It offers an Active Drive Low 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio; class-exclusive Selec-Terrain dial featuring five settings, including Rock mode; 0.8-in. lift with off-road suspension and hill-descent control; 17-in. off-road aluminum wheels with aggressive tires; and red tow hooks, skid plates, off-road fascias, black accent roof and roof rails.

Options and Packages
The 2015 Jeep Renegade offers many options and upgrades. Some features offered as standard on upper trim levels are optional on lower versions of the SUV. Possibilities include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, passive entry/keyless go, navigation system, color-coordinated interior accent trim, and a 7-in. information display in the vehicle's gauge cluster. Two different MySky sunroof options are offered: a manual canvas cover or a dual-panel power glass opening. Jeep also offers its Uconnect Access system featuring 911 Connect, text-messaging capability, an Assist button to summon roadside assistance, and more. A premium sound system is available; so are upgraded wheels and a spare tire. Packages include the Trailer Tow Group, Safety and Security Group, and Advanced Technology Group.

Under the Hood
Standard on the Renegade Sport and Latitude is a 1.-4 liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or class-exclusive 9-speed automatic. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the 2015 Jeep Renegade Limited and Trailhawk--the same engine found in the Jeep Cherokee. In the Renegade, it makes 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. Manual transmission is standard and a 9-speed automatic with manual gear selection is available. Jeep intends to add an optional 2.0-liter diesel engine to the 2015 Renegade, available with the 9-speed automatic, that the automaker claims will be able to tow up to 3,300 lbs.

A 4-wheel independent suspension is standard for the Renegade, and offers up to 8.1 in. of wheel articulation. Jeep uses Koni frequency damping front and rear struts for the suspension, and the Renegade Trailhawk delivers 8.7 in. of ground clearance in combination with greater approach, breakover, and departure angles, according to Jeep. Jeep adds that the Renegade Trailhawk can ford 19 in. of standing water.

Fuel Economy
As of this writing, EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2015 Jeep Renegade have not yet been published.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2015 Jeep Renegade includes the standard full complement of air bags. The Safety and Security option package includes a security alarm as well as blind-spot monitoring and cross-path detection. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2015 Jeep Renegade.


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