Jeep Renegade Hits Showrooms
Company Releases MPG Ratings for 2.4L Motor, Too
The compact Jeep Renegade, which starts at $17,995, has begun shipping to dealers, according to The Blade, a Toledo, Ohio, newspaper. The Renegade, which is built in Italy, is the first Jeep built outside North America to be sold in the U.S., The Blade reports.
Jeep promised the Renegade to U.S. buyers by March, and it looks like it’s making good on that promise. The compact SUV has been on sale in overseas markets for a few months, and it’s selling very well, helping Jeep's global 2014 sales eclipse 1 million units for the first time in history.
In our market, the Renegade is offered with a base 1.4L turbocharged I-4 (paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission) and a 2.4L “Tigershark” I-4, which is mated to a nine-speed automatic. Jeep offers both powertrains with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, although the Trailhawk’s off-road-oriented transfer case is only available with the larger I-4.
The company released fuel economy ratings for that engine today. As tested by the EPA, the Tigershark achieved 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with all-wheel drive, while the front-wheel-drive version will get 22/31/25 mpg in the same metrics. Buyers can order the front-wheel-drive Renegade as a flex-fuel vehicle, able to run on E85 or regular gasoline.
The 1.4L “MultiAir” engine’s efficiency numbers have yet to be revealed, but it’s safe to expect them to be at or near the top of the Renegade’s competitive set, which includes the 34-highway-mpg Chevrolet Trax and 32-mpg Nissan Juke.
We’ve driven the Renegade and found it to be a spry, fun vehicle to drive in lots of conditions. Additionally, Jeep claims that the Trailhawk will be the most off-road-friendly compact crossover, which we have no reason to doubt, equipped as it is with a lifted suspension, terrain management system, excellent tires, and that aforementioned all-wheel-drive system, called Jeep Active Drive Low.
Sources: The Blade; Jeep; Environmental Protection Agency