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2015 Jeep Renegade First Drive & Review

Jeep had paraded the ’15 Renegade and Renegade Trailhawk in front of journalists and the general public for over a year. We snickered at it, leered at it, touched it, and even sat in it during that time. The new Jeep really began to pique our interest, though. Was it a real Jeep, or was it simply a rebodied all-wheel-drive Fiat 500L? To find out, we jumped at the chance to get behind the wheel and test drive the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4, Limited 4×4, and the top-tier Trailhawk 4×4. Sport and 4×2 models are also available. Our review took us over the streets and freeways, as well as in the hills and mountains, near San Jose, California. First and foremost, if you’re a Jeep enthusiast who’s into lift kits, oversized tires, and boulders larger than bowling balls, stop reading. Traditional off-road Jeep fanboys and fangirls scoff at any 4×4 that doesn’t have a ladder frame or at least solid axles front and rear and for good reason. These heavy-duty components are some of the last bits leftover from when the first Jeep rolled off of the assembly line over 70 years ago. But, a company like Jeep can’t survive in today’s competitive automotive marketplace by building only Wranglers. New segments are needed to broaden the brand’s appeal and bring in new customers looking for on- and off-road capability and efficiency to the tune of more than 30 mpg. And that is exactly what the ’15 Jeep Renegade is designed to deliver.

With an open mind, it’s hard to not like the sporty and fun-looking Renegade when inspecting the exterior. The round headlights, seven-slot grill, trapezoidal wheel openings, and overall utilitarian feel of the Renegade set it apart from the other seemingly more sophisticated, and frankly boring, vehicle lineup in the compact-SUV segment. By comparison, the Jeep Renegade is that unconventionally amusing uncle, the one that let you light fireworks in the house and shoot beer bottles in the backyard. We appreciate that the Renegade puts a smile on our face, even when it’s simply parked.

The interior of the Limited and Trailhawk models we drove were quite plush and felt similar to what you would see in a top-tier Cherokee or Grand Cherokee. We appreciated the use of soft-touch materials in places where other manufacturers might use less-impressive hard plastic. The Renegade is available absolutely stuffed with technology. Some of our favorite features include the built-in on-demand Wi-Fi hotspot capability and an available mobile phone app, which enables owners to start their Jeep and lock or unlock doors from their cell phones. The instrumentation is easy to read and most controls are intuitive in their operation. We absolutely love the split HVAC system and the real numbers on the adjustment knob, instead of an ambiguous blue and red line designed specifically to mock us while we incessantly fumble for a comfortable temperature.

We tested both the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo and the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir2 engines on-road. The six-speed manual used behind the 1.4L is a sporty, quick-shifting transmission. It takes no time at all to learn where the forward gears are and manipulate the clutch effectively. Shifting into Reverse requires that you lift up on the shift ring, similar to the shifter you might find in a sandrail or VW Baja Bug but much easier to engage. The 160hp 1.4L punches out 184 lb-ft of torque. You can keep busy shifting in the mountain twists or you can simply rev the engine to the moon by selecting the proper gear. Both options are fun. The naturally aspirated 2.4L produces 180hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled to the nine-speed automatic, which can be just as fun to drive as the six-speed when toggled through the gears manually. Overall, the Jeep Renegade handles crisply and is extremely confidence-inspiring on-road.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Jeep if it didn’t go off-road. Nothing else currently in the vehicle segment even compares to the off-road capability of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. It has some off-road features, such as the large accessible bright red tow hooks, 20:1 crawl ratio, and Selec-Terrain traction system that we wish were on other vehicles considered to be more trail worthy by many 4×4 enthusiasts. Interestingly enough, the Renegade Trailhawk even has better approach, departure, and breakover angles than a Cherokee Trailhawk. An extracurricular off-road adventure took us to the sand dunes and rocky mountain trails in southern California. We were pleasantly surprised at how far up the trail we could take the Renegade Trailhawk, almost to the point of feeling guilty, while wondering “Should we be here in this?” It drives like a maneuverable side-by-side UTV. Rather than being forced to climb over rocks, ledges, and other trail obstacles, you can simply steer around them with ease if you choose.

The ’15 Jeep Renegade is not a Wrangler, and it shouldn’t be. Most new Jeeps never even go off-road. Think of it like this: without the success of the Renegade, the current Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee, the Wrangler would not exist, and neither would the Jeep brand. As a Jeep enthusiast you don’t have to buy these new Jeeps or even like them, but you should thank someone that does. Ultimately, all Jeeps, including the ’15 Renegade, are offered in a model that is still best in class for off-road capability, and that’s really what the Jeep brand is all about, right?

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Compass: “Honey, I shrunk the Grand Cherokee!”

Today, artist SuzyQ044 provided a rendering of the coming Jeep Compass, following Allpar sources’ claims that it will look like a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee shrunk down to Jeep Renegade size.

We have been told by insiders that the coming “MP” Compass will share its underpinnings and drivetrain with the just-released Renegade. The cars are so close that Compass mules are reportedly out and about, except that you cannot tell that is what they are as they are all cleverly disguised as Renegades.

One insider said the rendering was close, but to make it even more Grand Cherokee-like.

The Compass name itself has not been confirmed, but does not appear to carry enough baggage (or connotations that could be an issue in a worldwide car) to justify a name change.

Theoretically, it could be built at any of the three Renegade/500x plants in the world (Italy, Brazil and China), but it could make more sense for to be domestically produced. If that happens, could the Renegade also find a domestic production line? There is room at the old 200 plant at Sterling Heights, at Toluca in Mexico, and, once the current Compass and Patriot stop, at Belvedere. The question is, which cars can be built on the same lines as each other — and which plants are ready for it?

Read more at: http://allparnews.com/index.php/2015/03/compass-honey-i-shrunk-the-grand-cherokee-28086

The configurator tool on Jeep.com now includes the 2015 Renegade, providing every detail on pricing for the sporty little SUV. We brought you the basic pricing when it was announced at the media first drive two weeks back, but with the arrival of the “build your own” option on the Jeep website, we know exactly how much it will cost you to buy your ideal 2015 Renegade.

The destination charge, not included in the prices below, is $995 in the 48 states, across the board. All but Trailhawk are front wheel drive, with AWD being a $2,000 option.
First up is the Renegade Sport; it includes your choice of two black or black-and-sandstorm interiors and nine paints (white, black, Colorado Red, Commando, Glacier Metallic, Mojave Sand, Omaha Orange, Sierra Blue, and Solar Yellow).
The 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to the 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but opting up to the 2.4L 4-cylinder and the 9-speed automatic transmission on either the FWD or AWD Renegade Sport raises the price by $1,200.

Standalone options for the Jeep Renegade Sport include a backup camera ($195), 16 inch aluminum wheels instead of the 16 inch steel wheels ($595), black side roof rails ($195), a full size spare tire ($195), and the MySky fixed removable roof system ($1,095).
Option packages include the $695 Sound Group, which adds a five inch touchscreen, 6 speakers, a GPS antenna, integrated voice controls with Bluetooth, a remote USB port, Sirius satellite radio and the UConnect 5.0 system while the $1,495 Power and Air Group adds Air Conditioning, Power Heated Mirrors and cruise control.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude starts at $21,295; upgrading from the base manual/1.4 engine to the automatic/2.4 costs $1,400, but includes 17 inch aluminum wheels. Colors are the same except for one more interior skin, “Bark Brown and Ski Gray.”

Standalone options for the Renegade Latitude include the interior tonneau cover ($75), remote start ($200), keyless entry ($295), navigation ($1,245), 18 inch aluminum wheels ($595), a full size spare ($195), a black painted roof ($495), the MySky fixed removable roof ($1,095) and the MySky retracting roof ($1,395).

There are four option packages for the 2015 Renegade Latitude. The $545 Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer and floor mats. The $595 Safety and Security Group includes Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and a Security Alarm. The $795 Popular Equipment Group adds a 115 volt power outlet, a 40/20/40 split rear seat, 9 amplified speakers with a suibwoofer, dual zone climate control and 8-way power driver’s seat control with a 4-way manual passenger’s seat. The $995 Advanced Technology Group adds Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure, and rear parking assistance. Finally the Trailer Tow package, available only on AWD cars, adds $495 to the final price.

Buyers who want more luxury can opt for the Renegade Limited, which starts at $24,795, with a standard 2.4L engine and 9-speed automatic. There are two interior options, both leather: black, and Bark Brown and Ski Gray. Colors are white, black, Colorado Red, Commando, Glacier Metallic, Mojave Sand, and Sierra Blue.

Standalone interior options for the 2015 Renegade Limited include the tonneau ($75), keyless entry ($295), a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer ($495) and navigation ($1,245), while exterior options include 18 inch polished aluminum wheels, ($395), a full size spare ($195) and the MySky retracting roof ($1,395).

The Renegade Limited is so heavily appointed in standard form that there are only three option packages, the Safety and Security Group, the Advanced Technology Group, and the Trailer Tow Package (4WD only). Safety and Security costs $595 and adds Keyless Entry and Remote Start, while the Advanced Technology packages costs $995 and includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure. and the ParkSense rear parking assist system. Finally, the Trailer Tow package, for AWD only, adds $495 to the final price.

The package for those who want off-road prowess is Renegade Trailhawk, starting at $25,995 including AWD, 2.4L engine, and 9-speed automatic transmission. It only comes with black interiors, but has all nine exterior colors offered, including a unique Anvil.

Standalone options are the tonneau ($75), remote start ($200), keyless entry ($295), 9 amplified speakers with a subwoofer ($495), and navigation ($1,245). Standalone exterior options include the black hood decal ($150) the fixed MySky roof ($1,095) and the retractable MySky roof ($1,395).

Renegade Trailhawk has five option packages. The first is the $395 Trailer Tow Group which adds a hitch receiver along with a 4-pin and 7-pin harness plug assembly. Next is the Cold Weather Group which costs $495 and adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer system. The $595 Safety and Security Group adds Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and a security alarm. The $745 Popular Equipment Group for the Renegade Trailhawk adds a 40/20/40 split rear seat, the 9-speaker system, dual zone climate control, and an 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar adjustment.

Finally, for 2015 Renegade Trailhawk buyers who want their off-road read beast to be as luxurious as possible, we have the $1,495 Trailhawk Premium Group. This adds black leather seats, the 40/20/40 split rear seat, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the power driver’s seat and the windshield wiper de-icer. The Trailhawk Premium package also comes with the Remote Start and Keyless Entry systems, adding on another $495 and effectively bringing the price of this top of the line option package to $1,990.

Read the full article on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/02/full-pricing-for-the-jeep-renegade