2019 Jeep Renegade 

The 2019 Jeep Renegade is only getting better

Released for the first time in 2014 as a 2015 model-year, the Jeep Renegade introduced a whole new direction for the Jeep brand. A smaller, punchier, more youthful direction. The Renegade screamed "Millennial", with an affordable price tag, a smart design, a comfortable interior, and a long list of options to dress it up. Like any Jeep worth its salt, the Renegade offered four-wheel-drive options right out of the gate.

The Renegade is a subcompact crossover, which competes with models like the Subaru Crosstrek, the Mazda CX-3, the Honda HR-V, the FIAT 500X, the Chevy Trax, the Kia Soul, and the Toyota C-HR. As you can see, it has a lot of rivals--the subcompact SUV segment is huge, and continuing to grow. America's love story with the sport utility vehicle isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but it needs to keep up with the changing needs of buyers. Especially young buyers.

The Jeep Renegade checks a lot of boxes for young (and older) drivers who like the capability and versatility of the hefty SUVs they grew up with, but need something a little more practical for commutes that are getting longer, schedules that are getting busier, and families who are moving faster than ever.

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New for 2019

Trim levels for the new 2019 Jeep Renegade include the Sport, Latitude, Limited, and the iconic Trailhawk.

The 2019 Renegade arrives with a refreshed exterior: new front fascias and a new surround for the grille. While the Renegade isn't as young as it once was, it still wore a bit of a baby-face look that needed a mature new upgrade--and that's exactly what Jeep did with the new exterior styling. New wheel designs (now available up to a whopping 19 inches) and new body paint colors (including a "Bikini" color that is yet to be explained) are part of the Renegade's bold new declaration of vehicular adulthood.

There's also a new expanded LED Lighting Group available on the 2019 Renegade: headlights, daytime running lights (DRL), cornering fog lights, and tail lights--all in LED for better visibility and heightened safety.

Exterior colors include Sting Grey, Colorado Red, Omaha Orange, Slate Blue Pearl, Bikini, Granite Crystal, Jetset Blue Metallic, Glacier Metallic, Black, and Alpine White.

Legendary Jeep capability

In a segment that's not exactly known for Moab off-roading power, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the 2019 Jeep Renegade boasts best-in-class off-road capability--thanks in part (a lot in part) to the Trailhawk trim. Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system options are offered on all Sport, Latitude, and Limited models, and advanced Trail Rated Active Drive 4x4 capability comes standard on the Trailhawk.

A 4WD system isn't the only thing that separates out the Trailhawk--of course. This trim level boosts the ride height of the Trailhawk up, giving it a nice 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The beastly top-tier trim also adds skid plates and signature red front and rear tow hooks. When properly equipped, the Renegade Trailhawk can tow up to 2,000 pounds, and can ford water up to 19 inches deep. Yes, really. Water-fording. In a subcompact. It's a thing.

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Interior features and city-ready comfort

Offering "open-air freedom and convenience", the 2019 Jeep Renegade quietly offers a pretty premium cabin for the price. Classic cloth and leather options give you plenty of comfort levels to choose from; an available Jeep-exclusive MySky sunroof with removable panels pays homage to the classic Jeep Wrangler removable roof; and an optional BeatsAudio premium sound system gives you studio-level sound whether your jam is classic 90s or the latest podcast.

New for 2019, Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus and Intelligent Speed Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition now come standard on all models--safety and driver-assistance systems like Forward Collision Warning-Plus with Active Emergency Braking come standard on higher trim levels.

Interior upholstery color options include Black Sandstorm, Trespass Black, Black leather, Polar Plunge, Polar Plunge leather, and Trailhawk Black. Metal Diamond accents, Grillz accents, and Ruby Red accents are available with select upholstery choices.

Engine options and performance

The new 2019 Jeep Renegade comes in hot with a brand-new engine option: an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with available stop-start (ESS) technology, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The new turbo is good for 177 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque--a major upgrade over the model's previous smaller engine--and can even add active grille shutters for an aerodynamic boost.

The 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine, which used to be an option on previous Renegade models, is now standard on entry-level models. It's good for 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and paired to the same nine-speed automatic. For the first time, the Renegade will offer an automatic as standard equipment--there's no more manual for this perky little crossover.

There are two turbodiesel options available for Jeep Renegade SUVs, but they're not on US soil yet, and they're not likely to be any time soon--which is a tragedy. There are also rumors of a hybrid-electric or full-electric Renegade in the future, but you won't find me holding my breath.

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The Renegade: a new beginning for Jeep?

The Jeep brand will always be known for rip-roaring, rock-crawling, off-roading machines. But, with the surprising popularity and charm of the fresh-faced Jeep Renegade, they may be exploring a new beginning.


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