Jeep® Renegade: the new,small ‘globe trotter’ of the Jeep

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– First vehicle of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles produced in cooperation between Italy and the United States and sold in more than 100 countries around the world;

– New Renegade expands the Jeep® range globally and marks the brand’s first entry in the Small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment delivering fuel efficiency and on-road manners combined with true Jeep off-road capability;

– Fresh, contemporary exterior design with true Jeep heritage styling cues;

– All the freedom of the Jeep open-air driving experience thanks to two special sunroof configurations, including the unique-to -the segment ‘My Sky’;

– Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colours;

– First Small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission;

– First rear-axle disconnect in the segment: improves fuel efficiency and uses 4WD only when necessary;

– ‘Jeep Active Drive’ and ‘Jeep Active Drive Low’: two advanced full-time 4×4 systems deliver the legendary Jeep off-road capability’;

– 12 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations available for the EMEA region – comprising two MultiAir2 petrol engines, two MultiJet II diesel engines, one E.torQ engine and a choice of two manual, one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) and one automatic gearbox;

– All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics;

– Cutting edge technological features including UConnect touchscreens and a 7-inch full colour premium multiview display, the largest in the segment;

– ‘Best in class’ safety: advanced available or standard safety and security features, including 6 standard airbags, ESC with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), Parkview rear camera, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise control and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus;

– Available in the Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels and in the exclusive ‘Opening Edition’ offered only in the launch phase and dedicated to the first customers;

– Sales of the new model will start in the EMEA region during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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TURIN, 9 September 2014 —— After the world reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March and the US première at the New York International Auto Show in April, the new Jeep Renegade, the Small SUV now make its debut to the international press before its market launch across the EMEA region starting end of September.

The all-new Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing Small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4×4 capability Jeep is known for.

Determination, skill and desire to be part of one, solid team: these are the most important ingredients in the making of the new Jeep Renegade, the first vehicle of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be jointly developed by Italian and American designers and engineers and the first model in the brand’s history to be built in Italy, at the renewed SATA plant in Melfi (Basilicata). An all-new Jeep, resulting from the combination between the design, functionality and off-road expertise belonging to the U.S. brand – that since 73 years is synonymous with freedom and 4×4 driving – and the style and the dynamic features that are signature cues of the Italian cars all over the world.

Jeep Renegade is a model packed with a strong stylistic personality. Agile and spacious, it is perfect for errands across town and with its off-road capabilities it is ready to explore new off-road trails. It boasts best-in-class interior roominess, excellent on-road driving dynamics and unsurpassed off-road capabilities.

Two new, advanced 4×4 systems – Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low – incorporate a category-exclusive rear axle disconnect system that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel-drive for reduced energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed and improving fuel efficiency in the process.

The first in the segment nine-speed automatic transmission ensures benchmark performance both on-road and off-road. A range of fuel-efficient engines available in twelve powertrain combinations make sure the new Renegade can satisfy every customer’s needs.

In EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), the new Jeep Renegade will be available with a full-range comprising four different trim levels – Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk – a total of 12 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations and a choice of turbo diesel and petrol engines that will be available in four-wheel drive or front wheel- drive configurations. Sales of the new model will start on the main European markets in the first quarter of 2014.

The engine range offering in the EMEA region comprises two MultiAir2 and one E.torQ  petrol  engines and two MultiJet II diesel engines. The gearbox offer includes a choice of two manual, one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) and the first in the segment 9-speed automatic gearbox.

With the new Renegade, Jeep will be entering one of the automotive industry’s fastest growing vehicle categories – the  Small SUV market.

Exterior

From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions while at the same time enhancing versatility, manoeuvrability and style. Additionally, designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolise the Jeep brand’s renowned American design, as it would mark the brand’s first entry into the Small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots, with the Jeep Willys MB, and still present today with the current Jeep Wrangler.

The result is a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features a fresh, all-new exterior styling that will certainly appeal to youthful and adventurous customers  who recognise themselves in the well-known Jeep design inspired by the values of freedom and adventure. The vehicle’s exterior has a purposeful look with rugged body forms and aggressive wheel-to-body proportion. From any angles it reveals the distinctive design cues of the brand’s stylistic heritage, such as round headlamps, signature seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches. Two open-air roof systems will also be available to provide customers with open-air freedom: a large dual pane electric sliding glass roof and the unique to segment ‘My Sky’. With its two lightweight panels that can be easily and conveniently removed and stowed in the boot, ‘My Sky’ introduces segment-exclusive panoramic open air experience.

A total of seven wheel designs are available on the new Jeep Renegade. All are five-lug designs with specific finishes ranging from 16-inch to 18-inch.

Interior

The interior features a modern, refined look, in line with the brand’s DNA. The cabin is characterised by maximum attention to detail, innovative colour combinations, high-quality materials, advanced technological contents and clever and functional storage areas.

The interior boasts a distinctive, fresh form language, which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces, such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel, are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodised design accents and inspired colours are derived from extreme sports equipment. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a fold-forward front-passenger seat and class-exclusive removable, reversible and height-adjustable Cargo load floor .

Engines

The Jeep Renegade engine range available in EMEA offers a choice of twelve fuel-efficient powertrain combinations designed to suit the needs of the markets in the region. It includes the 140 horsepower 1.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo petrol engine with Stop&Start and 4×2 configuration featuring both six-speed manual gearbox and DDCT (dual dry clutch transmission); the 170 horsepower 1.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo petrol engine with Stop&Start, nine-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 configuration; the 120 horsepower 1.6-litre diesel MultiJet II with Stop&Start, six-speed manual gearbox and 4×2 configuration; the 120 horsepower or 140 horsepower 2.0-litre diesel MultiJet II with Stop&Start, six-speed manual transmission and 4×4 configuration; the 140 and 170 horsepower 2.0-litre diesel MultiJet II with Stop&Start, nine-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 configuration, the 110 horsepower 1.6-litre E.torQ petrol engine with Stop&Start, five-speed manual gearbox and 4×2 configuration and the 185 horsepower 2.4-litre “Tigershark” MultiAir, with nine-speed automatic transmission, 4×2 and 4×4 configurations (available in Russia, the Middle East and South Africa)

Nine-speed automatic transmission

The new Renegade introduces the first nine-speed automatic transmission in its category. When paired with the 170 horsepower 1.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo petrol engine, the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel or the 2.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo petrol engine, the nine-speed automatic transmission delivers numerous benefits, including great pick-up, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency. The all-new, fully electronic nine-speed automatic transmission features shift-on-the-fly map changing, with AutoStick manual shifting capability for improved fuel economy, performance and driving pleasure.

4×4 systems: ‘Jeep Active Drive’ and ‘Jeep Active Drive Low’

The all new Renegade features two all new four-wheel drive configurations. Best-in-class approach and departure angles and two 4×4 systems – ‘Jeep Active Drive’ and ‘Jeep Active Drive Low’ – the latter, thanks to a specific mapping of the gear ratios and the combination with Hill Descent Control function and “Low”, provides an off-road behaviour that place the Renegade at the top of its category and offers the legendary off-road capability of the Jeep brand. Both systems supply the proper amount of torque for any driving situation providing enhanced safety in  slippery conditions such as rain and snow, as well as optimal traction on aggressive starts..

The Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low systems are combined with the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with four settings (five for the Trailhawk model, which adds the Rock mode to Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud) that ensures the desired on- or off-road setting for optimum performance on any surface. With independent-wheel suspensions able to guarantee a maximum wheel articulation up to 205 mm and a ground clearance of up to 210 mm for the Trailhawk model, Jeep Renegade sets new standards in the Small SUV segment and offers best-in-class 4×4 capability.

The new Jeep Renegade is also the first Small SUV to be equipped with rear axle disconnect. This system reduces energy loss when 4×4 capability is not needed and delivers 4×2 levels of fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver.

Infotainment and safety

Jeep Renegade is beyond comparison in the segment also when it comes to its equipment providing onboard comfort and infotainment and it offers advanced technology features. They include the UConnect system with 5 (a standard feature on all trim levels) or 6.5-inch touchscreen with navigator, Bluetooth with hands free phone. The Limited and Trailhawk versions of Jeep Renegade feature a 7-inch colour instrument cluster multiview display, the largest in the segment.

Safety and security were also at the forefront in the development of the all-new Jeep Renegade offering an array of advanced safety features, including 6 standard airbags, ESC with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), Parkview rear camera, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus-and Adaptive Cruise Control.

[Source : Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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