Initially unveiled overseas several months ago, the refreshed Jeep® Renegade was finally revealed this week for the U.S. market, complete with a mild visual update, several added features, and a downsized 1.3-liter turbo engine – available to those drivers who seek a little more power on the road. Additionally, the manual transmission will no longer be an option and the turbocharged engine will not be the standard powertrain.
Doing away with its notorious boxy look, the refreshed 2019 Renegade gets visual updates that modernize its front and rear with reshaped fascias and newly optional LED headlights and taillights. New wheel designs, exterior colors, and even a revised instrument cluster complete the list of visual improvements in the 2019 model year.
Powertrain options experience an even bigger change, with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine now the default engine on the Sport and Latitude trims, a big change from the previously standard turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter is capable of generating 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Limited and Trailhawk trims come standard with an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that makes more power than the old turbocharged engine – 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Limited trim also features engine-stop-start (ESS) technology and active grille shutters for improved fuel economy. A stick-shift option is no longer available since all engines are paired with the standard nine-speed transmission.
No official word yet from Jeep on pricing, but the refreshed Renegade is likely to see an increase thanks to the fact that its automatic transmission is now standard. Industry experts expect a minimum increase of $1000. The Jeep Renegade currently has an MSRP of $18,445 (plus destination fee).
In other Jeep news – we recently wrote about the ongoing web series competition by Jeep, and now we’ve finally got a winner! The six-part web series followed three celebrities – Alex Rodriguez, Maria Menounos, and The Infatuation – and their respective builders as they competed against one another for the Wrangler Golden Grille Award. Each celebrity was given a stock JL Wrangler and was asked to customize it to their liking, trying to earn the praise and vote of the judging panel.
In the end, it was Maria Menounos and DCD Customs who took the award home. They set themselves apart from the competition by building upon a classic two-door Wrangler, complete with custom half-doors and a hand-painted dashboard. Polished aluminum GenRight bumpers, a Warn winch, and 39-inch Super Swampers finished off the custom look.
Check out the winning ride below:
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