Jeep Renegade’s prices in India might fall with a vanity of Rs 10 lakh – Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom).
With Grand Cherokee and Wrangler SUV, Jeep had marked its presence in the Indian market. However, both the models failed to meet the carmaker’s expectations due to their high pricing. Now, the American SUV manufacturer has launched the Made in India Compass SUV in the country. It is the most affordable Jeep in India with prices start at just 14.95 lakh. With an aim to further increase its market share, the company is planning to introduce its smallest SUV – Jeep Renegade in India. This SUV will be produced with heavy localisation in India. If media reports are to be believed, the new SUV will carry an attractive price tag of Rs 10 lakh (for base model).
This entry-level off-roader will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Interestingly, the company has also started testing the SUV on Indian roads. The latest spyshots reveal the interior of the SUV. Going by the spyshots, it is visible that the SUV shares most of its components from the Compass sibling. However, it lacks some of the high-end features. The model was equipped with a 6.5-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation. The vehicle was equipped with fabric seats instead of leather, while the plastic quality seem top-notch. Features such as automatic air conditioning, gear knob and steering wheel seems sourced from the bigger model. Read – Jeep Compass SUV – Pictures & Details
The India-spec model will come with the basic black interior with silver accents along with features such as a 3.5-inch TFT instrument panel, UConnect touchscreen system, leather steering wheel, climate control system, cruise control and rear parking sensors. There will be generous cabin space for five adult occupants. Designed by the Ian Hedge and Jeremy Glover, the Jeep Renegade compact SUV will certainly appeal the young and urban enthusiasts. This entry-level off-roader shares its FCA Small Wide 4X4 platform with the Compass and Fiat 500X. Most of the design and styling elements will be carried over from the Wrangler.
Jeep has recently unveiled the 2018 Jeep Renegade in foreign soil, which is equipped with Uconnect 4 system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen interface. This system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The entry-level Sport variant gets a 5.0-inch touchscreen with integrated voice command, Bluetooth, and handsfree calling. The range-topping model has an 8.4-inch screen as optional. The cabin has also been tweaked, and it now features new seat fabrics, redesigned Select-Terrain shifter and relocated USB port. The top-end models also get a dual-pane power sunroof.
Already on sale in Europe and America since 2014, the Jeep Renegade is available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. In India, the SUV might source its engine setup from the Compass – i.e. 2.0-litre Multijet turbo diesel and 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol. However, these powertrains could be detuned. The company could also opt for a smaller 1.6-litre MJD engine that also powers the Maruti S-Cross. This engine is good for 118bhp and 320Nm of torque. The high-spec ‘Limited’ variant will be exclusively offered with the 4WD (four-wheel-drive) Active Drive system.
As of now, the American carmaker hasn’t revealed much about this new product. If media reports are to be believed, the company could launch this product in late 2018. The company is currently working on expanding its dealership base to reach maximum audience. The automaker might display its smallest SUV at the 2018 Auto Expo, and the launch will take place sometime later. We will update the exact launch date and details once the carmaker announces it. Pictures – This Customized Toyota Fortuner Looks Like A Jeep Renegade
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 16 lakh|
Since Renegade and Compass share platform, it will be easier for FCA to develop this small off-roader in India as well. We expect that the SUV would make more sense if the American brand will assemble it locally to achieve aggressive pricing. Similar to the Compass, the Jeep Renegade will be manufactured at FCA-Tata’s Ranjangaon plant. In Jeep’s India lineup, the Renegade will be positioned below the Compass. This small off-roader is reported to be priced as low as Rs 10 for the base variant, and up to Rs 15 lakh for the top-spec model. If launched at this price, it will face challenge from multiple products such as Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Mahindra TUV300.
|Diesel Engine||2.0-litre Multijet turbo|
|Max Power||138bhp and 168bhp|
|Petrol Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT, 7-speed AT & 9-speed AT|
|Drivetrain System||4X2 & 4X4|
The American carmaker will launch the Renegade with both petrol and diesel engine option. It is expected that the SUV will share both the powertrain with the Compass. The SUV is likely to get a 2.0-litre Multijet turbo diesel engine that could be tuned to offer lesser power and torque. The engine that powers the Compass is capable of producing 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. On the flip side, the petrol version will get a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir unit that churns out a maximum power output of 162bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. This engine might be tuned to offer 138bhp and 200Nm on the Renegade.
Jeep also has an option to use 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine, which is already used on the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Its power and torque figures stand at 120bhp and 320Nm respectively. Transmission options on offer could be a 6-speed MT, a 7-speed AT and a 9-speed AT, supported by 4X2 and 4X4 drivetrain system. The SUV will come with Jeep’s Select Terrain system that offers five driving modes – Snow, Auto, Sand and Mud. Read: Jeep 526 Compact SUV – All You Need To Know
– Signature grille with wide airdams
– Upright stances
– Army jerry cans-inspired ‘X’ stamped in taillights, headlamps and roof
– “Tek-Tonic” interior
– “Protective clamp fasteners” layered design accents
– Flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat
Dimensionally, the Renegade premium SUV measures 4,230mm in length, 1,805mm in width and 1,690mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,570mm. The SUV is likely to have a ground clearance of around 200mm.
The Jeep’s compact SUV sources most of its designing traits from the Wrangler. The SUV carries Jeep’s heritage touch while offering a futuristic appeal. The fascia of the car looks quite aggressive, thanks to its wide airdams, signature grille complemented by round shaped headlamps, fog lamps, and upright stances. The vehicle also features Army jerry cans-inspired ‘X’ stamped which is visible in the headlights, tail lamps and the roof. What add more to its sporty appeal are wide fenders, sturdy roofline, and small and rude taillights.
The interior of the Renegade is as rugged and premium as its exterior. It gets superior quality colour and material, state-of-the-art technology and clever storage features. Referred as “Tek-Tonic”, the SUV’s interior sports a new design theme defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. The newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps further enhance its Tek-Tonic interior look.
Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle. There is “protective clamp fasteners” layered design accents and inspired colours. The SUV comes with a flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.
Based on the Compass platform, the Renegade could be the right small SUV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Likely to be manufactured in India, the SUV could be priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh to Rs 18 lakh.