2017 was definitely a good year for the brand JEEP in India as it made its debut in the country with three robust SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT and the Jeep Compass are the ones you may recall. Next expected is Jeep Renegade that could be launched any time soon in the country.
The Jeep Renegade is much smaller in size compared to its sibling and has a compact SUV design. This model will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and we expect the prices to start from Rs.10 lakh onwards.
Jeep Renegade, in terms of design brings back the old Willy’s into current generation with some major cosmetic updates which surely look appealing. The recessed headlamps and slated grille quickly grabs your attention. Considering the true off-roading design and the purpose it’s meant for, the Renegade gets a tough skid plate and separate fog lamps in the front while the rear features the same old school design with square tail lamps inspired from the World War 2 Jeeps. The wheels are 17 inch and large tyres give the vehicle a firm stance.
The Renegade will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine. The other engine options expected to be launched here are either a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre Multijet motor. The vehicle will be available in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual gearbox will feature a 6 speed unit whereas the automatic will be a 9 speed unit. FWD and AWD will be common in both these gearboxes.
The interior of this vehicle is rather dark and black toned with a touch screen infotainment system. However, Jeep does give its customers the option of customizing in a series of interesting combinations. The Apple CarPlay and navigation system come as standard with an optional satellite radio service.
Jeep Renegade is a 5 seater compact SUV that gets a very large and spacious boot in the rear. What really makes this vehicle more interesting is the plastic roof panel which is removable and provides an open roof feeling just right.
The Jeep Renegade has a number of competitors to battle up when launched in India, some of them being the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Tucson, SsangYong Tivoli and the Volkswagen Tiguan. If the pricing goes higher than what we expect, the vehicle will also compete against the Mercedes Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. But if the company launches the model locally manufactured, then prices could be in the affordable range too.