GLOBE TROTTER: Jeep's new Renegade Trailhawk and Limited versions are headed for SA. Image: Jeep
DETROIT, Michigan - Jeep has launched a new range of Renegade models and though it might be a categorised as ‘small’ it comes loaded with all the trimmings to make it a capable SUV.
The new Renegade range has two versions, Limited and Trailhawk, with the latter standing out as "the most capable small SUV", says the automaker. Jeep adds that the car has distinctive, assertive looks and standard special off-road equipment including the Jeep active drive low system with 20:1 crawl ratio, Selec-Terrain system with rock mode and gradient-descent control.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
Jeep SA says the SUV's should be here during the second quarter of 2015, but timing could change.
Under the bonnet is a 127kW two-liter MultiJet II engine with stop/start technology mated to a nine-speed auto transmission. There’s also the choice of the 138kW 2.4-liter ‘Tigershark’ MultiAir unit also mated to a nine-speed auto.
PACKED TO OFF-ROAD
The Trailhawk’s off-road equipment includes a 35mm higher ride height compared to the 4x2 model, off-road suspension and skid plates, and unique front / rear facias with enhanced approach/departure angles.
It also has 17” aluminium wheel rims, mud and snow tyres, black roof rails, grey grille surrounds , ‘Trail Rated’ badging, front halogen fog lights, 18cm colour multiview display, leather shift knob, removable flashlight, rear parking sensors, privacy glass, towball, red front towball and dual auto cabin temperature control.
Optional equipment includes: bonnet decal, leather seats, powered eight-way front seats including four-way lumbar adjustment, lane departure warning; navigation with 3D landmarks; city models and digital terrain; standard UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, removable My Sky open-air roof system and the infotainment and various other optional packs.
The Renegade Limited is available with a 127kW 1.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo engine with nine-speed auto transmission and 4x4 configuration and the 104kW two-litre MultiJet II also with a nine-speed auto gearbox and 4x4 configuration.
The Limited adds to the standard equipment of the Longitude model with a long list of goodies, says Jeep, such as 17” aluminum rims, silver grille surround, roof-rack rail, black stanchions with bright painte rails, front halogen fog lights with dark grey gloss painted bezels, heatable mirrors with turn signal repeaters; bright accents in tail lights, exhaust tip, carpeted front floor mats, leather shift knob, forward collision warning-plus, lane departure warning-plus, roof side rails, dual zone auto air conditioning, door trim with vinyl insert, 18cm colour instrument cluster multiview display, premium cloth seats.
Optional equipment includes: 18” aluminum rims, grey granite painted finish, power eight-way front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, heatable steering wheel and front seats; leather seats, adaptive cruise control, 15cm colour display; navigation with 3D landmarks.