If you are looking for the vehicle in the subcompact crossover SUV family, Jeep’s smallest high-rider, the Renegade should probably be your starting point especially if you need a more than average off-road prowess. The class-most-capable Trailhawk model will ride wherever you want but you will also get the versatile vehicle with agile handling, modern tech and convenience features and timeless styling. However, if you want the version of this model which will be up-to-date, the 2018 Jeep Renegade should appear soon.
New for 2018:
As per some sources, on which we must rely as Jeep hasn’t revealed the new Renegade, this model will deliver up-to-date technology and safety equipment combined with the freshened appearance and some interior tweaks. Jeep could easily offer the new special version while mechanically and structurally it should continue pretty much unchanged.
2018 Jeep Renegade: Design
The new 2018 Jeep Renegade, like the current version, won’t look particularly attractive but with Jeep’s distinctive design touches and some updates, it will certainly be the vehicle with more character and attitude than most of the rivals. Planted on the same platform as the Fiat 500X, this the up-right, slab-sided vehicle will mostly stay loyal to its heritage in terms of design cues. Despite we expect some changes in model’s appearance it will follow established lines when it comes to the grille design and shape of its headlights. The seven-port grille will experience some modifications which are also expected for the headlights and front bumper. However, these elements won’t undergo radical changes which will also be the case with models rear side.
Inside, the Renegade won’t be rugged as from the outer perspective yet it will be well-trimmed and comfortable. Fresh, soft-touch materials will cover dashboard and all touch points and each trim level will bring distinctive styling elements and convenience features.
The model will also have comfortable front seats available with power and heating features and leather upholstery will also be on the option list. The front passengers will also have plenty of space while the rear seats will be cramped for adjusts. However, thanks to the tall cabin they won’t surely lack with the headroom.
As for the tech-features, the impressive Uconnect infotainment system will be available in its newest iteration. It will likely be come with the larger touchscreen option like in the new Jeep Compass. We could also see modernized instrument panel also available in different options.
The safety of the model should see some enhancements with also more accessible safety items. Expect the standard backup camera, but also the availability of advanced safety systems in higher number. The model will include lane departure warning, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring, etc.
2018 Jeep Renegade: Powertrains
Mechanically, the new 2018 Jeep Renegade won’t differ much from the current version. The base engine should again be a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Expect from it similar as not the same power and torque numbers. It will likely direct the 180 hp and torque of 184 pound-feet through the six-speed manual transmission to front wheels by default. The all-wheel drive will be optional and Jeep might also offer and automatic transmission with this engine.
If you would want more power, Jeep will serve it by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It will work in combination with the 9-speed automatic transmission and produce around 180 horsepower. Jeep’s Active Drive Low all-wheel drive will be mandatory on the Trailhawk model. The other 2.4-liter engine models will have the front-wheel drive alternative.
The Trailhawk will further get upgraded off-road equipment and enchanted approach and departure angles combined with the underbody protection.
2018 Jeep Renegade: Arrival, Price
The arrival of the 2018 Jeep Renegade will be in following months. The modest price increase will move the base price to $18k range. Top version will reach $28, 000.