Over the past few years Jeep has widened its trail-rated focus to include its new fuel-efficient goals, embracing smaller engines and smaller vehicles.
The Jeep Renegade will be released this year, marking yet another notch on Jeep’s “30 MPG or above” belt. Using one of two small gas engines here in the U.S., the Renegade will also be available with a turbodiesel engine when it arrives in Europe. But why not here?
Engine offerings aside, the Renegade offers an improved transmission crawl ratio of 44.4:1, and the Selec-Terrain system will help you get out of any off-road jam. By selecting a snow, sand, mud, rock or auto setting, the Renegade’s Quadra-Trac and Quadra-Drive transfer case will provide the optimal settings for the season or environment.
A nine-speed transmission up the Renegade’s sleeve. Enclosed in another glass case is Jeep’s newest transmission, a nine-speed auto that offers up even more fuel economy in the Jeep Cherokee. The cut-away look provides a glimpse into the complexity of this transmission. Gears galore conjure up thoughts of sky-high repair bills should a failure occur.
Still, the little Jeep Renegade looks like it has a lot going for the “urban off-roader” who is more likely to be climbing curbs than cliffs. With ample storage space and plenty of comfort for four passengers, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is proof that “lifestyle” vehicles aren’t quite dead.
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