Jeep Announces Pricing for 2015 Renegade
Compact SUV Starts at Less than $18k, $20k for AWD
The controversial, yet hotly anticipated, Jeep Renegade finally has a price tag to go along with its peppy motors and heritage “Easter egg” Jeep styling elements. The smallest Jeep will start at $17,995, with an additional $2,000 netting the buyer all-wheel drive.
That price is for the entry-level Sport model. Stepping up the ladder is the Latitude, which starts at $21,295, then the Limited, at $24,795. As on the Sport, all-wheel drive can be added to the other two models for two grand. Four driven wheels come standard on the Trailhawk, which starts at $25,995. Those prices do not include the $995 destination charge, but as you may have noticed, they compare very favorably with other compact crossovers, none of which offer all-wheel drive for less than $20,000.
The Renegade comes standard with Fiat Chrysler’s corporate 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged I-4, producing 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque in this application. The base engine comes paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission, while the optional 2.4L “Tigershark” I-4 comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That motor produces more power (180 hp) but slightly less torque (175 lb-ft) than the turbocharged MultiAir.
Jeep claims that the Renegade will have best-in-class off-road capability, as it’s available with two different all-wheel-drive systems and the company’s Selec-Terrain traction management system. With settings for snow, sand, mud, and rocks, the smallest Jeep should be reasonably fun when the going gets dirty. We’ve seen videos of the Renegade driving around on sand and it looks thoroughly respectable.
Overall, we’re excited for the Renegade, and the sub-20k price means it thoroughly beats its all-wheel-drive competition (at least as far as the Monroney is concerned). Both available engines also promise a healthy dose of economy and fun, and whether the buyer chooses front- or all-wheel drive, it should be a pretty versatile, capable little thing.