2019 Jeep Renegade: New Engines, Hawkish New Trims

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
2019 jeep renegade new engines hawkish new trims

Jeep’s been on a tear lately, with the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee arguably the two models keeping all the lights on at FCA. Even the regular, not-so-grand Cherokee has been doing well in dealers. Now, the muddy brand that’s driving the company is turning its attention to its littlest machine – the Renegade.

In Europe at least, there will be a bevy of new engines, including a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three. Limited and Trailhawk trims promise to increase the trucklet’s average transaction price.

The Euro arm of the company has dropped details on what to expect from next year’s Renegade in that market. That Jeep chose to release details of an upcoming product in Europe first before its American home market could be a glimpse into their newfound push to widen the brand overseas. Or, I could be reading too much into the whole thing.

It’s unclear which of the engines – a brace of gasoline units and two diesel motors – will make their way to the United States. Jeep is saying that 1.0L turbo three-pot makes 120 horsepower, while a 1.3L turbo four will be available in two states of tune: 150 or 180 horses. That’s as powerful as the naturally-aspirated 2.4L TigerShark engine that’s currently found between the Renegade’s fenders. Both engines are all-aluminium and have four valves per cylinder.

It would be extremely surprising, given the recent diesel flaps at FCA and other manufacturers, if either of the diesels – a 1.6L and 2.0L – make their way to our shores.

Styling has been tweaked, with a slightly revised front fascia for the Limited and Trailhawk models. In particular, the available LED headlamps are said to follow the styling language set out by the new Wrangler JL when equipped with optional LEDs. Swapping out last year’s wheels for snazzier units is a sure-fire way for any company to update its line, and Jeep does that here as well.

Off-roaders will note the Trailhawk-branded trim, which will afford wheel articulation of eight inches and ground clearance of about eight-and-a-half inches. That’s about the same ground clearance as a Cherokee, except for the TrailHawk, which enjoys 8.8 inches of ability to run over stuff. Renegade Trailhawks earn a “Rock” setting that will either give drivers the People’s Elbow or finesse the throttle for surmounting a stony trail.

New interior treatments are largely limited to updated versions of FCA’s excellent UConnect, especially the 8.4-inch unit that now supports Apple CarPlay. USB ports have been moved around for better access, and colors get new names.

According to the company, the Renegade was the best-selling Jeep SUV in Europe last year, with 73,200 new registrations. With growth like that, maybe it’s not so surprising they chose to launch the thing in Europe after all. Expect American news later this summer.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Jun 21, 2018

    So the murmurs of a pickup are still nothing more ?

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Jun 22, 2018

      Oh, the pickup is real, zipper. We're just not going to see it til sometime next year. Supposedly in the spring.

  • Steve Biro Steve Biro on Jun 21, 2018

    Is the manual gong to be confined to the lower-powered engine?

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.