Last week, we showed you a few photos of a fully camouflaged 2022 Jeep® Renegade prototype on the back of a car carrier in Brazil. The Renegade is currently the best-selling SUV in the Brazilian market. With Brazil being the second-largest market for the American adventure brand, there is a lot riding on Renegade’s shoulders.
Our good friends at Autos Segredos (Auto Secrets), are now learning more changes to the Brazilian-spec Renegade. These details include powertrain, four-wheel-drive (4×4) system, and styling changes to the B-segment SUV.
Starting with the powertrain, Autos Segredos has learned that Jeep will ditch the option diesel powertrain from Renegade’s lineup for the 2022 model year. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel only had a 10% take since the vehicle launched in 2015.
Instead, the 2022 Jeep Renegade will come with a new gasoline engine in the form of a turbocharged 1.0-liter from the Global Small Engine (GSE) family. It will be the same engine found under the hood of the all-new 2022 Fiat Pulse.
The turbo 1.0-liter will offer flex-fuel capability and should offer Brazilian somewhere around 120 horsepower. The engine should be mated to an Aisin CVT transmission that simulates seven virtual gears.
When it comes to 4×4 systems for the Brazilian market, it appears that the Jeep brand will offer a simplified system with no low gearing. More than likely it will be the Jeep Active Drive system. Currently in the Renegade only has a 4×4 option on Longitude and Trailhawk diesel models in Brazil.
As for the 2022 models styling, we aren’t sure yet if the North American models will follow suit. But we do know that the Brazilian models will get a revised front fascia, which will change the place of the license plate holder to allow better cooling for the new turbo engine. A second air inlet with a honeycomb pattern will be located above the front license plate bracket. The front fascia will also feature horizontal LED fog lamps as well.
Inside, it looks like much of the interior remains the same. We see that the new style steering wheel found in other Jeep products such as the Grand Cherokee L and Compass has made its way into the Renegade. With a corner of the instrument panel (I/P) peeking out from the cloth-covered dash, we see that the air vents are the same ones in the current Renegade models.
Like we said before, we aren’t sure if all the Renegade’s styling improvements will make the cut to the North American market. But as for the North American powertrain, we expect everything will roll over unchanged from 2021.
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