Can the New Jeep Renegade Make it Off-Road? September 11, 2014
Did you hear the joke about the Jeep built on a Fiat 500 frame? Yea, me neither, and there’s a good reason for it. The new 2015 Jeep Renegade is indeed built on the same platform as the Fiat 500X, but this should stand to show how cool the new Jeep will be. From a wide assortment of colors to the seven engine choices, the Renegade seems to signal a new era for Jeep, marking a smaller, cooler 4WD that for once isn’t the Wrangler. While this is all nice and great, the big question is, will it off-road?
EngineIf little things like availability in your country don’t bother you, then you can have your choice of seven different engine variants including four conventional gasoline, two diesel, and even a flex-fuel model. Since you’re probably only looking at picking one of these up in the good old US of A, the engine lineup isn’t quite as stellar, but still not bad. In the US the Renegade will come with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine food for 160 hp and 184 ft-lb of torque from the Fiat 500L and the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine from the Dodge Dart with 184 hp and 177 ft-lb of torque.
TransmissionYou need to get that power to the road somehow, and once again the Renegade has a lot to offer. Around the world the Renegade will feature four different transmissions options ranging from a first in its segment nine-speed automatic transmission to two different manual and even a dual dry-clutch setup. In the US however we’ll only see the 6-speed manual and the 9-speed automatic. The Renegade Trailhawk will use the 9-speed automatic with an additional low-range 4x4 that features a 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep’s special terrain adjustment, known as Selec-Terrain.
SpecsThere’s more to a ‘ute than engines and transmissions obviously, so check out the rest of the specs for the 2015 Jeep Renegade:
- 4-wheel independent suspension
- 8.1” of wheel articulation
- 8.7” ground clearance
- 30.5º approach angle
- 25.7º breakover angle
- 34.3º departure angle
- 19” water fording depth
- Koni FSD front and rear shock absorbers
- Hill-Descent Control
- 17” all-terrain tires