Scheduled to be launched in late 2018, the Jeep Renegade compact SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster
Buoyed by positive response for Compass, Jeep is now planning to launch two new locally developed SUVs for the Indian market. The next model to go on sale in the country will be Renegade, which will be followed by a sub-4 meter SUV. If media reports are to be believed, Jeep will launch the Renegade compact SUV in the second half of 2018. It will challenge the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.
Previous reports suggest that Jeep Renegade compact SUV could be priced at Rs 10 lakh. This SUV will be developed at FCA’s Ranjangaon facility. Additionally, the company will also export this SUV to RHD (Right Hand Drive) markets. It will be developed on Fiat’s small-wide platform that also underpins the Compass. The company is also considering a sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market. It will challenge the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Additionally, the American automaker will also launch the all-new Wrangler SUV in India in late 2018.
The Renegade is likely to share engine specs with the Compass SUV. While the petrol engine is likely to be a 138bhp, 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir, the oil burner could be the detuned 2.0-litre Multijet turbo unit producing 138bhp. It is expected that the Jeep could use the 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine, which earlier powers the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. This engine churns out 120bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic unit. The SUV could also come with Jeep’s Select Terrain system that offers four driving modes – Snow, Auto, Sand and Mud.
The model on sale in international markets measure 4,230mm in length, 1,805mm in width and 1,690mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,570mm. The compact SUV is likely to have a ground clearance of 200mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle rugged road conditions.