2015 Jeep Renegade: A Chicago-sized Jeep?

At the Geneva Auto Show, Jeep just launched its tiniest SUV ever. The 2015 Renegade is built on a global platform that is designed  to have  not only Chicago-sized proportions but also off-road capability. And, though numbers haven't been released, Jeep is promising a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability.

The Renegade Trailhawk model will come equipped with Jeep Active Drive Low, increased ride height, skid plates, rear tow hooks, 17-inch all-terrain tires, hill-descent control and up to 19 inches of water fording.

Some quick specs before you move on to the gallery:

  • Engines: 1.4-liter multi-air turbo, 4-cylinder; 2.4-liter multi-air TigerShark, 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 160; 184
  • Torque: 170 lb-ft; 177 lb-ft
  • Length: 166.6 inches
  • Width: 71.0 inches
  • Height: 66.5 inches
  • Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
  • Load-floor height: 29.8 inches
  • Sill-step height (in inches): 19.4  front, 19.6 rear
  • Ground Clearances (in inches): 6.7 4x2, 7.9 4x4, 8.7 Trailhawk 4x4
  • Approach Angle w/ air dam (in degrees): 17.9 4x2, 21.0 4x4, 30.5 Trailhawk 4x4
  • Breakover Angle (in degrees): 21.2 4x2, 24.0 4x4, 25.7 Trailhawk 4x4
  • Departure Angle (in degrees): 29.7 4x2, 32.1 4x4, 34.3 Trailhawk 4x4

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  • So, are they getting rid of the poseur Compass and Patriot? Apparently too small for that. Most of the car mags say that you don't need Trailhawk capability in the city, at least until the potholes get bigger than the car.

    Also, some stories say it will be built abroad, so it isn't going to do any good for the underutilized Belvidere plant.

  • In reply to jack:

    jack -- don't quote me, but i think that's the plan. and, unless you live in the mountains, does anyone really ever *need* trailhawk capability.and yes, it'll be built in italy -- making it the only jeep built outside the US.

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