2018 Jeep Renegade
One of the newest Jeep models in the lineup is the Jeep Renegade, and it has become quite popular since its introduction in 2015. Entering the 2018 model-year, there are some changes that add some new features to the Renegade lineup. With Uconnect 4, technology has an upgrade, and even the base Renegade gets some goods this round. Of course, the Jeep Renegade will always be purely an off-road vehicle.
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The 2018 Renegade lineup consists of four trims, two drivetrain options, and two engines. The standard drivetrain for three trims, the Renegade Sport, Renegade Latitude, and Renegade Limited is front-wheel drive (FWD). However, only the Renegade Sport and Renegade Latitude come standard with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology under the hood, optimized to deliver 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles have a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.
If going for the Jeep Renegade Limited or Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the standard engine is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 (available upgrade for Sport and Latitude) that generates 175 lb-ft of torque. Due to the optimization of MultiAir2, a hydraulic version of VVT that takes some of the stress off the engine, the fuel economy doesn’t take too much of a hit, standing at 22/30 mpg city/highway. The added torque of this engine gives the Renegades a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade has only two 4x4 systems available. Found on the four-wheel-drive Renegade Sport, Renegade Latitude, and Renegade Limited is the Active Drive 4x4 system. The Active Drive 4x4 system is a part-time that comes with a standard brake lock differential that will transfer torque to the wheel with the most traction when tire slippage is detected in the front-wheels. The Jeep Selec-Terrain Traction Management System comes with this system and it helps provide all-weather capability across various driving conditions.
Exclusive to the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is another part-time 4x4 system, Active Drive Low 4×4. This system shows off the off-road capability of the Jeep Renegade, sporting a crawl ratio of 20:1 for low-speed traction. This 4x4 system also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System.
For the 2018 model-year, the Jeep Renegade has a surprise for consumers looking for a sunroof on a budget. This year, the addition of the MySky sunroof can be found on the base trim, the 2018 Jeep Renegade Sport, as a standard feature. The rest of the lineup comes with a dual-pane sunroof available instead. Other available features found on select 2018 Jeep Renegade trims include automatic headlamps, halogen headlamps with turn-off time delay, deep tint sunscreen glass, and heated exterior mirrors. Wheel options vary between 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels and various styles; all wheels comes with all-season tires. For some personalization, the exterior has ten body paint colors available to choose from.
Other changes to the 2018 Renegade lineup can be found in the interior. Changes start with a redesign of the cabin with new seat fabrics and color options, a revamped Selec-Terrain shifter dial layout, and a relocated USB port. There are two new storage areas in the front row and they allow for more storage capacity. When in need of more trunk space, the vehicle has an available 40/20/40 rear seat with trunk pass-through and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat. Available features on select trims consist of a heated steering wheel, automatic temperature control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and cargo tie-down loops. There are six interior color combinations available.
All 2018 Jeep Renegade trims come with a ParkView rear backup camera, a six-speaker sound system, and integrated voice command with Bluetooth and handsfree calling. The Jeep Renegade Sport has Uconnect 5.0 and a 5-inch touchscreen, and the rest of the Renegade lineup has Uconnect 4 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen. Select Renegade trims are available with Uconnect 8.4 NAV on an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The basic safety features for the Jeep Renegade remain for the 2018 model-year. These include - an advanced multistage front airbag system and supplemental side airbags in the front and rear, stability control systems, LATCH-ready anchors for child seats, and an anti-lock braking system. For the first-time ever, Forward Collision Warning-Plus (FCW-P) and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus (LDW-P) will be available on select 2018 Jeep Renegade trims. FCW-P alerts the driver when approaching a stopped vehicle and will attempt to bring the vehicle to a stop to avoid incident if driver input is not detected. LDW-P alerts the driver if the vehicle is leaving the lane without turn signals, and if turn signals are not on, the system will attempt to re-align the vehicle within its proper lane.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.