In April 2015, the Jeep ® Renegade officially arrived to the Brazilian public reinventing the segment. Now, after three and a half years, the compact Jeep enters the 2019 model year willing to show why it is more Jeep than ever. Equipped with even more connectivity, technology, capacity and equipment, and design innovations, Renegade continues to be a benchmark for compact SUVs and inspires a legion of fans.
The first product of the world’s most modern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) factory in Pernambuco, Brazil the model ushered in a new era of Jeep in Brazil, ranking it ninth in sales. Alone, the Renegade already accumulates 160,000 units in the Brazilian market. One out of every five SUVs sold in the country today, one is Jeep – the exact number is 22% participation, absolute leadership in the category.
So much success has only increased the Jeep’s challenge to further open this brilliant chapter in the history of the vehicle and the brand in Brazil. Starting with the iconic design of the Renegade, cut to enhance the authenticity typical of every Jeep.
The new front displays the grid with a redesign in the traditional seven slits, slightly lower. In the Limited and Trailhawk versions, the headlights are now LEDs, both main and fog lights, as well as daytime running lights (DRL). No wonder, Renegade’s “face” is even more in line with that of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, the brand’s top icon. This lighting set, with a range of more than 50% higher than the current standard (halogen lamps), is also available as an option in the Longitude options.
In the Flex (front-wheel drive) versions, another new feature is the front bumper (a completely different front bumper than what is shown on the Euro-Spec and North American-Spec Renegade), which gives the model one of the widest angles of attack in the category, up to 28-degrees (the numbers are even better in the diesel options, reaching 30-degrees). What increases the capacity to face any adversities that come ahead.
For 2019 Renegade gets all-new wheel designs for each model. Highlighting the Limited, which features 19-inch rims, are unique in the segment in the Brazilian market. By the way, in this configuration, the wheels have two unprecedented color options, according to body paint.
When the Renegade Limited is Antique Gray, the contours of the front grille openings and the wheels are graphite. If the vehicle is in Deep Brown color (only available in this version), such details boast bronze finish with graphite grille. In other shades of Renegade Limited, the grille, wheels and other points are in satin silver. There are two new paint colors: Jazz Blue and Billet Silver (which is exclusive for the Longitude).
From the Longitude versions, the updated 2019 Renegade now has the largest multimedia screen in the category, with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. It is the same Uconnect system applied to the “big brother” Jeep Compass, another unparalleled success in the segment. In this way, it is possible to pair the smartphone through the interfaces Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, to access through the vehicle monitor navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze and music such as Spotify and Deezer, just to name a few.
The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen also lets you access the air-conditioning functions remotely, by touching the monitor or by voice commands. By the way, the cabin cooling time, in any version, works 20% faster thanks to improvements in the system
But in the Sport 1.8 Flex configuration, with manual or automatic transmission, the Renegade has the standard 5.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen and built-in rear-view camera. The second USB port, which was inside the central storage compartment, now faces the rear passengers, “democratizing” the use.
Comfort & Practicality:
The 2019 Jeep Renegade hatch has gained an external handle, which makes the opening easier and more ergonomic. In doing so, you can see that now the hatch space of all versions now holds 320 liters (11.3 cubic-feet). There are 47 extra liters (1.65 cubic-feet), obtained by adopting the temporary steppe – which Flex options had already received earlier this year. The exception is the Trailhawk, which kept the full-size spare tire because of its tend for use off-road.
Even though the Jeep Renegade had the most refined interior in its class, the central area received special care and was redesigned. The air-conditioning controls are new, and there are more numerous and spacious space for items throughout the interior. Both the front of the shift lever and the position between the seats, have a new niche that have been opened to accommodate items such as a cell phone. In the Diesel versions, the Selec-Terrain knob went up slightly to generate more amplitude in the surrounding area.
The Brazilian-Spec 2019 Jeep Renegade is powered by two engine choices.
- Gasoline – 1.8-liter e-TorQ four-cylinder – 133 horsepower and 136 lb-ft. of torque.
- Diesel – 2.0-liter MultiJet2 four-cylinder – 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque.
The Brazilian-Spec 2019 Jeep Renegade is available in the configurations…
- 1.8 Flex – Standard entry level, powered by the gasoline 1.8-liter e-torQ four-cylinder with 6-speed automatic front-wheel drive.
- Sport 1.8 Flex – This model is offered with the 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, rear backup camera and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Front-wheel drive only with 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
- Longitude – This model comes with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, as well as 18-inch wheels. It comes available in front-wheel drive 1.8-liter and 6-speed automatic or 2.0-liter diesel with 9-speed automatic with 4×4.
- Limited 1.8 Flex -The model comes equipped with LED main and fog lights, LED daytime running lights, side air bags (curtain and driver’s knees), and 19-inch aluminum wheels. This model comes standard with the 1.8-liter and 6-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive.
- Trailhawk – The Trailhawk comes standard with LED main and fog lights as well as LED running lights. 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard. The only powertrain available on the Trailhawk is the 2.0-liter diesel and 9-speed automatic transmission. Of course 4×4 is standard.
The entry-level 1.8 Flex model has a starting price of R $ 69,999 (or about $18,900 U.S.). While the Trailhawk cost R $ 136,390 (or about $36,850 U.S.).
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