Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Look for Jeep Renegade

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Look for Jeep Renegade

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JEEP launched its stylish compact SUV - the Renegade - back in 2014 and it has recently undergone a mid-life facelift with more economical engines, a fresh new look, plus an updated interior.

The safety features have also been upgraded on the car that is available in four trim levels called Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk, priced from £19,705 to £31,440.

The 2019 Renegade is powered by new three and four-cylinder turbo 1.0-litre 120hp and 1.3-litre 150hp turbo petrol engines.

For those preferring diesel-driven cars there is an updated 1.6-litre 120hp unit and a 2.0-litre Multijet II powertrain with 140hp or 170hp.

These can be mated to a six-speed manual, DDCT (Dual Dry Clutch Transmission) or nine-speed automatic gearboxes depending on the engine, along with the choice of two or four-wheel-drive.

We tried the Jeep Renegade Limited powered by the 1.6-litre 120hp diesel engine delivering 320Nm of torque, costing £25,940 (£28,990 with options).

This front-wheel-drive car, with its six-speed manual gearbox, could complete the 0-62mph dash in 10.2 seconds and maxed out at 110mph.

According to official figures, it could deliver combined fuel economy of 48.7mpg (WLTP) with carbon emissions of 129g/km.

The Jeep Renegade is very easy on the eye with its bold upright stance, instantly-recognisable Jeep nineslot grille, new fog lights, black wheel arch mouldings and lower body cladding, square tail lights with a distinctive cross pattern and circular headlights.

Move inside and the interior has a more modern, authentic styling with neat eye-catching colour combinations, upgraded materials, all the infotainment technology you could wish for via the Uconnect touchscreen and upmarket leather upholstery.

Techno treats are plentiful and, on the Limited model, include a larger Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen Nav system (five or six-inch on lower trims) with full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. …

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