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 is gearing up to bring in its next SUV – Compass – in the country. Touted as the most affordable Jeep, the Compass is estimated to be priced between Rs 20 – Rs 25 lakh. Aiming to increase its market share, the American automaker will introduce its smallest SUV – Jeep Renegade that will be produced with heavy localisation in India. A latest report claims that this new SUV will carry an attractive price tag of Rs 10 lakh (for the base model). With an aim to achieve competitive pricing, the company will add steel wheels and stripped down its interior.
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. The latest spy shots reveal that the India-spec Renegade will have 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. Read – Jeep Compass SUV – Pictures & Details
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 high-spec ‘Limited’ variant will be exclusively offered with the 4WD (four-wheel-drive) Active Drive system.
As of now, the American carmaker is busy with the launch preparation of the Compass which will see a release in August 2017. 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|
Jeep will introduce the Renegade SUV with both petrol and diesel engine option. Though technical details haven’t been confirmed by the carmaker, it is likely to share both the powertrains with the Compass. The SUV will come with a 2.0-litre Multijet turbo diesel that could be detuned for generating 138bhp and 168bhp. On the Compass, the same motor delivers 170bhp with 350Nm. The petrol mill will be a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir unit that might 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
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.