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2015 Jeep Renegade Expands Brand’s Global Portfolio

By SEMA Editors

The all-new ’15 Jeep Renegade.
The all-new ’15 Jeep Renegade enters the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for, according to the automaker. The Renegade delivers a combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines and a host of safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.

“The all-new ’15 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, president and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Leveraging 4x4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new ’15 Jeep Renegade offers two advanced 4x4 systems—Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low—to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100% of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.

The Renegade also features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4x4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for optimal four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

The Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio), a Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode, increased ride height (0.8 in.), skid plates and red front and rear tow hooks, 17-in. all-terrain tires, Hill-descent Control and up to 3,300-lb. towing capability, among other features.

The Renegade builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

The interior's “Tek-Tonic” design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces, such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel, are intersected with bold functional elements, such as the passenger grab handle. “Protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes, inspired by its roof and taillamps, add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to ensure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.

Keeping the tradition of the ’41 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new ’15 Renegade offers two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:
  • Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
  • Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
  • Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
  • Emissions and fuel-saving Stop & Start technology
  • Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the ’15 Jeep Renegade offers a nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0L MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4L MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Renegade's technology features include Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-in. or 6.5-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. A 7-in., full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster is also available.

The Renegade is equipped with up to 70 available safety and security features, including the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus. In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard airbags.