Jeep Renegade: small SUV based on Fiat Panda and built in Italy

Jeep has unveiled its first SUV in the same size class as the Nissan Juke, the new Renegade, which is based on the Fiat Panda.

The most off-road ready version of the new Jeep Renegade is the Trailhawk model. It comes equipped with 20mm greater ride height (220mm all up), 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, hill descent control, skid plates, prominent red tow hooks, and crawl mode. All up these modifications give the Renegade Trailhawk a 30.5-degree approach angle, 34.3-degree departure angle and 25.7-degree breakover angle; it can also ford water up to 480mm deep. Towing ability is rated at 1,500kg with the diesel motor and 907kg with the 2.4-litre petrol.

Technology available throughout the range includes full-time all-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive with rear axle disconnect, terrain selection, automatic engine start/stop, panoramic sunroof, electronic parking brake, 5- or 7-inch touchscreen entertainment systems, 7-inch instrument cluster display, blind spot monitoring, and reversing camera.

There will be a wide range of engine choices for Renegade buyers, with four petrol and two turbo-diesel motors to choose from. The largest petrol mills are Fiat Chrysler’s 2-litre and 2.4-litre engines. Transmissions available include manual, dual-clutch automatic and a 9-speed automatic.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]