By on June 19, 2018

Image: FCA

The subcompact Jeep Renegade, despite not carrying the heritage and go-anywhere trail cred of the Wrangler, remains a valuable asset for Fiat Chrysler, and with good reason. The Fiat-based model sets the lineup’s price floor, luring first-time buyers into the brand — hopefully for life.

As we saw earlier this month, there’s a mildly refreshed Renegade arriving for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, the model’s European debut didn’t tell us much about engine availability for U.S. buyers. It now looks like an FCA service portal provided some of the answers to our powertrain questions.

Since the model’s debut, North American Renegades showed up in two power flavors: a turbocharged 1.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder, and FCA’s 2.4-liter Tigershark four. The 2019 model’s Turin unveiling only brought news of a three-cylinder, two variations of a turbo four-cylinder, and the obligatory diesels. We were left wondering what’s in store for America.

Thanks to the Nightcrawler-like online journeys of Bozi Tatarevic, we now have a listing of global engine offerings for the 2019 Renegade via the automaker’s service portal. There’s no 1.4- or 2.4-liter to be seen.

What we have instead is a turbo 1.0-liter three-cylinder making 120 horsepower and a compressed natural gas variant of the same engine. Were it not for Ford, the displacement would scream “Euro types only!” The three-pot is an entry-level engine bound for front-drive, manual transmission vehicles. The 1.3-liter four-cylinder seems the most U.S.-ready, as the mill comes in two flavors: 150 hp and 180 hp. Torque figures remain unknown.

According to European media, the 1.3 arrives with either a dual-clutch automatic or nine-speed automatic in tow. One receives an electronic stop/start system. Certainly, the most powerful of the two seems ripe for the U.S. and could be a replacement for both existing engines, though FCA might have other plans that aren’t reflected in its service portal at the moment. The other two mills are existing turbo-diesels of 1.6 and 2.0 liters of displacement, offered in overseas markets.

Confirmation of U.S.-bound engines might not be far off. The automaker said at the European launch that American customers can expect 2019 Renegade details later this month.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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19 Comments on “Smallest Jeep Appears Ready to Embrace Itty Bitty Engines...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I was expecting to read about a 600cc two-cylinder air-cooled engine. Oh well.

  • avatar
    Pete Zaitcev

    If there’s no longer manual with AWD, it’s an ouch. That pretty much leaves Crosstrek as the only car that is equipped so (unless we count Wrangler).

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      The Jeep Compass can be had in 4×4 with a manual transmission. Sport pkg 21A

      • 0 avatar
        Pete Zaitcev

        I thought MP and BU were made on the same line in Melfio, but I found that Compass is made in Brazil. That probably explains a lot. Also, I’ve never heard of a 2.4L MultiAir. It is different from the Tigershak, right?

  • avatar
    salmonmigration

    The US subcompact crossover market is all about chasing that fuel economy number. This should be very good for the ongoing FCA cash grab.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Anyone else think a Trackhawk version of this might be cool?

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    What. jacked up about 12 inches ? Looks like it would be too top-heavy. Would have to see one.

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    Thanks for ruining automobiles, idiots.

  • avatar
    Middcore

    “The subcompact Jeep Renegade, despite not carrying the heritage and go-anywhere trail cred of the Wrangler, remains a valuable asset for Fiat Chrysler, and with good reason. The Fiat-based model sets the lineup’s price floor, luring first-time buyers into the brand — hopefully for life.”

    This point can’t be emphasized enough in considering FCA’s woes in the US.

    To make a car company successful and engender brand loyalty, you need an entry-level vehicle. The Renegade is that for Jeep. But Jeep is the only FCA brand that has one!

    Dodge doesn’t have one, they killed the Dart and replaced it with nothing.

    Chrysler doesn’t have one. You could make the argument Chrysler is supposed to be a pseudo-prestige car you buy when you’ve “arrived” but nobody’s buying that, literally or figuratively. If you have a mainstream/budget-conscious nameplate then positioning another one of your marques as the pseudo-luxury brand that buyers “upgrade” to down the line makes some sense but Plymouth is long gone.

    The only Fiat they’ve ever sold more than 10 of is small and cheap which are kind of “entry-level” traits but it’s impractical and aimed at a niche and Fiat doesn’t have anything like a full product stack above it for loyal customers to come back to even if they were so inclined. And I don’t think there’s any real transference in people’s minds between the “American” FCA brands and the “Italian” ones – nobody says “I liked my Fiat 500 but I need more space so I’m going to go buy a Dodge.”

    Jeep is the only FCA brand set up to attract first-time buyers who become repeat buyers. Coincidentally, it’s the only FCA brand moving product off lots in high numbers.

    • 0 avatar
      smartascii

      Jeep is also the only FCA brand to offer small and mid-sized crossovers that are in any way compelling. And that’s what the people are buying these days. There was never an army of shoppers waving their checkbooks at the Dart, and there’d be even fewer now.

      • 0 avatar
        richthofen

        So, given that it is a platform twin to the Renegade, what’s so wrong with the 500X as an entry-level crossover? Is it just that no one equates the Fiat name with the crossover segment, or is it just a poorly executed vehicle? I can’t say I ever see them on the road but they seem to have some appeal as a package.

        If the 500X worked better, that could provide that stepping stone effect to, perhaps, a 4cyl Giulia. Or maybe even a Stelvio.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        FCA put out the wrong Dart.

        The original compact 1963 Dart sold 460,000+ copies, and the final full year 1975 Dart sold over 237,000. Those numbers don’t include the nearly identical Valiant most of those years.

        Funny, the compact Dart would be a family-friendly midsize today, and neither FCA nor any other maker would have a complaint about those production levels.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      “To make a car company successful and engender brand loyalty, you need an entry-level vehicle.”

      This is a fallacy of old world Durant/Sloan GM thinking when everyone bought new cars because they only lasted a few years. Today, the first time car buyer is a used car buyer. The first time new car buyer is more often captured elsewhere in the model lineup than ever before.

      With entry level cars being largely unprofitable in NAFTA, it’s not worth losing money for the sake of market share in hopes that the customer will come back in 6 years (on average) to buy something profitable. It just doesn’t make sense.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Smallest Jeep Appears Ready to New Malaise.

    “What we have instead is a turbo 1.0-liter three-cylinder making 120 horsepower and a compressed natural gas variant of the same engine.”

    I dd a 1.9 N/A DOHC I4 which produces the same bhp and probably similar torque. Its not powerful enough for avg traffic as I have to gun it quite a bit and it weighs under 2,5000lbs.

    This is just sad.


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