The 2018 Jeep Renegade is capable and affordably priced. It’s also cute in the eyes of many, maybe excessively so in the eyes of some. For the latter group, there is the Renegade Trailhawk, with rugged looks and greater capability in rugged terrain. When the Renegade debuted last year, some Jeep enthusiasts and critics were concerned about whether a subcompact crossover could wear the badge of a manufacturer built on a reputation of unquestionable off-road capability. But 2018 Jeep Renegade is a fine subcompact crossover SUV that has an abundance of character, is easy to drive and can surpass the competition when the road gets rocky.
2018 Jeep Renegade Exterior and Interior Design
The Renegade ushers in a new look that fits more plausibly in the Jeep lineup than that of the bigger Cherokee. It’s a tall, slab sided, and upright little utility, but its stylists deliberately oversized some of the details to emphasize its heritage. Present are the traditional 7 slotted vertical grille, round headlights , the rubber lipped wheel arches are large and trapezoidal, to emphasize strength, but it’s the Renegade’s angles that tie its design with that of the iconic Wrangler. The taillights are stamped with X shapes in an homage to wartime fuel cans.
The Renegade is competitively equipped interior wider than many small SUVs, and passenger shoulders are comfortably separated. Seats are comfortable and nicely bolstered. Back seat room may suffice for two adults, but it’s snug. Controls are slightly oversize. Large ventilation knobs are easy to decipher at a glance. Sizable surfaces may be hard plastic, but panels that invite contact are soft touch vinyl. Options on this vehicle that made on-road miles a little easier to take included a navigation upgrade that puts a 6.5 inch touch screen on the dash with Chrysler’s familiar and user friendly Uconnect Access features.
2018 Jeep Renegade Release Date and Price
We can expect 2018 Jeep Renegade to arrive in showrooms by the end of the year 2017, or in early 2018 in the worst case scenario. It all depends on whether you live in Europe or in the U.S. The price of the new Jeep Renegade give us a rough estimate of $21,915 to $29,595.
2018 Jeep Renegade Powertrain and Performance
The 2018 Jeep Renegade is offered with one of two available engines. The base engine, power comes from a 160 hp and 184 pound feet of torque, 1.4 liter turbo four with a six speed manual or Limited and Trailhawk models is a 180 hp and 175 lb ft of torque, 2.4 liter four with a nine speed automatic. Each is available with front or four wheel drive, and the Trailhawk model promises real off-road capability. EPA estimated fuel economy has not been released, but we don’t expect the numbers to change much from the last year for new 2018 Jeep Renegade.