2017 Jeep Renegade
The Jeep brand has been going strong for over 75 years, and it has no sign of stopping anytime soon. Recently claimed to be able to stand on its own based on sales and popularity alone, although Jeep may not split off from FCA anytime soon, it may as well be known as a separate entity. With models like the 2017 Jeep Renegade, an off-road warrior, Jeep is going to continue to crush it in the auto industry for many years to come.
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There are two drivetrains consumers can find on the 2017 Jeep Renegade, the default two-wheel front-wheel drivetrain (FWD), or a 4x4 drivetrain. There are also two engine options; the standard engine with a Renegade with FWD is a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with VVT. MutliAir engines use a hydraulic-powered version of variable valve timing (VVT) engine technology, allowing it to bypass a well-known engine inefficiency and to take control of intake air directly. That simple change results in optimal power and fuel economy. As it stands, the engine generates 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and the Renegade has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
When choosing a 4x4 drivetrain, consumers will notice two things. One, the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine (optional with FWD), capable of generating 180-horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, can be used to its full potential on a 4x4 drivetrain. Second, the Trail Rated Renegade Trailhawk trim becomes available, along with its own exclusive 4x4 system.
Found on three trims, the Sport, Latitude, and Limited, one of the two 4x4 systems on the Renegade lineup is Active Drive. It’s a part-time 4x4 system built with a standard brake lock differential that engages four-wheel drive when off-road and unsavory road conditions are detected. Active Drive also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, allowing for all-weather capability in the following four modes: Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud.
If driving around in the Renegade Trailhawk however, things change a bit. The exclusive 4x4 system on the Renegade Trailhawk is Active Drive Low, also a part-time system. Active Drive Low is a bit more advanced due to its improved low-range capability for low-speed traction and front-flat load towing. It also has a crawl ratio of 20:1 for better throttle response at low speeds. Basically, it’s made for rock crawling. Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System is also found on the Renegade Trailhawk, also with the same driving modes.
The Jeep Renegade is unmistakable, especially with its X-accented taillights, a shout out to Jeep’s heritage style and origin in the military. The exterior is bold, rugged, and has some luxury features. For those of you who love the open air, look for the available MySky sunroof (with removable panels) when shopping for a 2017 Jeep Renegade. Now let’s look at some features.
Standard almost throughout the lineup are automatic headlamps (not on the Sport trim), halogen headlamps with turn-off time delay, and deep tint sunscreen glass (not on the Sport trim). Power-controlled heated mirrors are an available option for added visibility. When it comes to the wheels, trims may ride on 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels in various styles, and outfitted with all-season tires. Buyers have a choice of nine body paint colors to choose from for their Renegade.
If looking for luxury and comfort, consumers may want to look at the high-end trims of the 2017 Jeep Renegade. We’re talking features such as a heated steering wheel, found only as an available option on the Limited trim, as is automatic temperature control. Of course, there are many standard convenient features across the lineup, such as the electronic vehicle information center, the cluster display (varying in size and black/white or color), steering wheel mounted audio controls, and cargo tie-down loops.
For a little more cargo space, roof racks that fit well with the sunroof are available on select trims. Also depending on which trim consumers choose, a 40/20/40 with trunk pass-through may be available; a 60/40 split-fold rear seat is standard across all trims. If looking to customize the look of the interior a bit, consumers have three looks to choose from.
Standard in the 2017 Jeep Renegade is a 5-speaker system with a basic Radio 3.0 stereo, known as Uconnect 3.0. This can be upgraded to Uconnect 5.0 if desired. The option to upgrade is also available on the rest of the lineup and comes with a 6-speaker system and 5.0-inch touchscreen; on the base trim (the Sport) however, the upgrade does not include 6-speakers or a touchscreen. The rest of the trims also have the option to upgrade to a Beats premium audio system, HD Radio, Uconnect 6.5 NAV, and Uconnect Access. All trims except for the base also come with Bluetooth with integrated voice command.
Safety Features and Warranty
Many standard safety features can be found on the 2017 Jeep Renegade, including: an advanced multistage front airbag system and supplemental side airbags in the front and rear, stability control systems, LATCH ready anchors for child seats, ABS, and a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera. The back-up camera is not standard for the Sport, but comes with the option to upgrade to Uconnect 5.0 with SiriusXM satellite radio.
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.