Small SUV has its retro rugged styling tweaked and gains a larger infotainment screen inside

The Jeep Renegade has been given a light facelift, with subtle changes to its exterior styling and new technology inside, and with a fleet of new engines confirmed.

Jeep has previously confirmed to Autocar that there will eventually be a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, 48V mild hybrid version of every car in its line-up. This will include the upgraded Renegade when it goes on sale in the UK in 2019. The American brand also has plans to give each of its models a plug-in hybrid variant by the end of the decade, as well as a smaller, sub-Renegade SUV after this. 

A 1.0-litre, 120bhp petrol, as well as a 150bhp and 180bhp 1.3-litre petrol will also feature, bringing greater performance and efficiency than the current iteration's 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols. 

Exterior revisions include revised LED daytime running lights - the X motif from the rear lights is continued into the headlights now - and other such light tweaks, while the car’s rugged, retro-Jeep styling remains. 

Inside, a larger infotainment screen takes the place of the current 6.5in unit, absorbing the buttons and controls previously surrounding it. The new unit is still housed in the shaped surround so takes up no more space than the complete previous unit. 

The Renegade is Jeep's most successful model in Europe, being closely related to the Fiat 500X and occupying the same market segment as the huge-selling Nissan Juke. The new Jeep Compass, a Nissan Qashqai rival, is also pivotal to the brand's success. 

A Jeep spokesman confirmed that the updated Renegade would arrive in September 2018 after its reveal. Prices are expected to rise only slightly. 

Jeep had a poor 2017 in the UK; its market share shrunk to 0.25%, a 55% decrease over 2016, with sales dropping from 14,090 to 6380 cars. The Renegade made up 4540 of these - more than 70% of Jeep's total UK sales for the year.

That's twice the drop recorded by parent brand Fiat and far out of proportion with the overall market contraction across the year. 

Jeep CEO Mike Manley previously said to Autocar: “With the Renegade growing in Europe, we are where we want to be. We have yet to complete the European rollout of the Compass, which is in Europe’s biggest segment. In 2018, I’m looking for significant growth on 2017.”

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29 January 2018

"That's twice the drop recorded by parent brand Fiat and far out of proportion with the overall market contraction across the year. 

Jeep CEO Mike Manley previously said to Autocar: “With the Renegade growing in Europe, we are where we want to be."

Its good not to be too ambitious.

30 January 2018

What happened to the team who designed the Multipla...

‘Well, they’re alive and well. Designing the Renegade.

 

Robbo

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

30 January 2018

It d takes real talent to suffer a 55% drop in sales when there's a boom in SUV sales,think is in the UK jeep products are overpriced for what they are,so firstly cut prices ,drop the front wheel drive versions and launch an agressive marketing campaign to remind UK punters of what the Jeep marque stands for

 

4 June 2018
ianp55 wrote:

It d takes real talent to suffer a 55% drop in sales when there's a boom in SUV sales,think is in the UK jeep products are overpriced for what they are,so firstly cut prices ,drop the front wheel drive versions and launch an agressive marketing campaign to remind UK punters of what the Jeep marque stands for

 

 

I think Jeeps problem in 2017 was:

-Launch of the compass was postponed to 2018

-Renegade approaching the end of its cycle pre facelift

-Cherokee at the very end of its cycle pre facelift

-Wranger at the very end of its cycle pre new model

-Grand Cherokee coming towards the end of its cycle pre new model next year (And no imports of the facelifted models until the very end of 2017) which were very overdue.

So they had literally no core volume models in 2017. I would imagine 2018 in the UK will start to pick up with the Compass' arrival and then 2019 in the UK will see real growth by which time the New Grand Cherokee will be on the scene as well as new or refreshed versions of the Wrangler, Renegade and Cherokee all available.

25 May 2018

Why hasn't Land Rover got a car in this sector?  They could call it 'The Freelander'.

4 June 2018

Good seller or not, the Renegade is a rather odd looking vehicle that has never appealed. It just doesn’t give off the tough look of the Wrangler or the smoother lines of the Grand Cherokee, so to many people it must seem to lack a clear family line or character. To add insult to injury, it’s been given the same name as the respected CJ-5 Renegade, a true off-roader, that was marketed back in 1970.

To give it credit, Jeep do seem to have given it reasonable off-road ability, but I wonder how much appeal that has for it’s intended market.

6 June 2018

...but I would rather have a Dacia Duster and save some cash.

I’m also disliking the scattergun approach to the multitude of mis matched assorted front lights...

Steam cars are due a revival.

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