2018 Jeep Renegade Gets New Features For Interior and Equipment

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Renegade is the smallest SUV in Jeep family. Some even don’t treat it like a proper sport-utility car. Nevertheless, it has a brand charisma and way more practical in terms of urban driving. It is more convenient than legendary Wrangler as well.

Modern Renegade (don’t confuse it with old-school CJ-5 Renegade) is actually a newcomer to the lineup, debuted in 2015 worldwide, based on US Wide platform, the same as Fiat 500L/500X and actually built in the same place as Fiat, in Italy. Obviously, we couldn’t expect any major change for 2018, just a cosmetic facelift. So what object to change in 2018 Jeep Renegade?

Changes for 2018 model year

Red – is the most suitable color for Renegade

Major Changes in 2018 Jeep Renegade

FCA representatives claimed that Renegade should undergo a full-scale redesign of the interior, however, doesn’t prove it anyway. However, some sources say the architecture of the front panel and dashboard won’t change at all. All you would see is just some new materials, color schemes of bezels and cloth on seats. There are also minor changes of location of certain elements expected, as well as redesigned Selec-Terrain shifter, and new compartments for storage.

Other changes connected mainly with equipment on trim levels. So, standard trim level of Renegade, called Sport, now comes with a better multimedia system with a 5-inch screen with Bluetooth and 7-speakers, able to connect smartphones with Android or iOS. All trims now equipped with a rear-view camera as a standard. Sport trim could be equipped with an optional sunroof.

2018 Renegade Design Features

The Renegade is the most compact SUV of Jeep family, but it doesn’t look like a white crow – the front end resemble a classic Jeep, with round headlights and wide grille, even more than bigger Cherokee models. It also has very short overhangs for better performance off-road. Nevertheless, looking at the side of the SUV, it looks a bit clumsy, like an enlarged compact hatchback. The overall feeling of baby-Jeep doesn’t make it as popular as more brutal (though expensive) Wrangler. The interior neither features hi-end upholstery level, nor outstanding design, but it is quite modern and designed to be practical in any condition.

Jeep Renegade 2018 Trim Levels and Pricing

Renegade model trim line consists of 6 levels of equipment, prices are actual for 2017 model year cars and may subject to change.

  • Sport is a standard trim comes with 16-inch steel rims, keyless entry, 5-inch multimedia (from 2018 model year), remote key entry, power windows, rear-view camera. It starts from $17,995 without options;
  • Latitude adds tinted glass, 16-inch alloy rims, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel. It goes for $21,495 for starting price;
  • Altitude has 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels, some decorative features for interior and exterior design, removable roof panels and ability to install a 6.5-inch multimedia system. Price starts from $22,190;
  • Limited equipped with a more powerful 2.4L engine and automatic gearbox, heated leather seats with power adjustments, heated steering wheel, leather trimmed gear lever, 7-inch digital display on a dashboard, keyless entry and dual-zone climate control. Such a highly equipped vehicle costs $25,195 for standard configuration with FWD;
  • Trailhawk could be only AWD, with a lifted suspension, low drive, tow hooks, and off-road styling. It also has 17-inch alloy wheels of unique design with all-terrain tires. MSRP is $26,895;
  • The last trim level, Deserthawk, is the same as Trailhawk, and the only change is color scheme and exterior detailing. It costs $28,390.
fancy interior with color inserts

Colorful inserts in Renegade interior looks nice

2018 Jeep Renegade Specs

Renegade of 2018 will have the same powertrain options as the initial model. In the US market, it comes only with two engines possible. The first one is a tiny 1.4L turbocharged unit, produce 160 HP and 6-speed manual transmission. It is standard on first 3 trim levels. It could be mated with FWD or optional AWD layout. The milage is good though – 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on a highway.

The second option is well-known 2.4L Tigershark I4, mounted on other models of Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands. In Renegade, it produces 180 HP, mated to 9-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD layout. It could be used instead of a 1.4L unit in all trim levels except Sport. For Limited and higher, it comes as a standard. Thanks to the advanced gearbox, it has the same 31 MPG of mileage in highway conditions, while in the city it consumes more – official figures claim 21-22 MPG, depending on layout type.

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