The new 2015 Jeep Renegade was created for one simple mission: to bring in a new entry-level model that is different from the Patriot and Compass. It has been stated officially that the Renegade is not a replacement for the other current jeep models so fans of the current models have nothing to fear. The Jeep Renegade is expected to hit dealer showrooms by early next year at a base price below $20,000.
The design for the Renegade slightly resembles a more outgoing version of the Wrangler Unlimited; however Jeep designers made sure to not make it appear cartoonish. The black trim and grille gives the Renegade a bit more attitude, and the taillights are rectangular, with a large X in the center—resembling army jerry cans. With a palette selection of about ten colors, the Renegade will have as many color options as the Jeep Wrangler. The signature feature on the Renegade are the removable composite roof panels called “My SKY”, which can be described as a T-top rotated 90 degrees.
As for the Renegade’s powertrain, it comes with a few different options. The base unit borrows from the Dodge Dart’s four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 1.4-liter with 160 horsepower. The base model comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Four-wheel drive is available on all Renegades. The Jeep Renegade is extremely fuel efficient at around 30 mpg on the highway.