Jeep took a dive into the funky, subcompact crossover segment with the Renegade in 2016. Since its debut, the Renegade has remained virtually unchanged – the 2017 model gained optional xenon headlights, auto high beams, and keyless ignition. In 2018, we expect much of the same from this tiny crossover.
As a carryover model, we do not anticipate any changes to the look or feel of the new Renegade. It will likely continue with its uniquely boxy shape that some love and others hate. The interior will also retain the upright look with splashes of color here and there for a little life.
Also expected to carry on are its standard features, which include 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a four-speaker sound system. While this base model is a little stripped down, there are three other trims to spruce things up: Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk.
For buyers looking for something new from Jeep, the 2017 Compass, which shares its platform with the Renegade, is a good bet. This small crossover boasts a new look that closely mimics the recently refreshed Grand Cherokee, and it gains a new interior that brings this once maligned model up a notch.
We anticipate the 2018 Renegade continuing with the same two engine options. Given this proves to be true, we will see a standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional engine will be a 2.4-liter with 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque that pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will continue as the standard setup, while all-wheel drive will be an option.
IIHS safety tests are incomplete on the current Renegade, as it only has ratings in three categories: moderate-overlap, side and roof strength. Fortunately, it received “Good” ratings in all three. The IIHS rated it “Advanced” in front-crash prevention, thanks to its optional forward collision warning system with collision mitigation, which is part of the $995 Advanced Technology Package on Latitude and higher trims.
Expect a full review closer to launch.