Jeep’s 2015 Renegade Is a Small Jeep Done Right
Jeep (FIATY.PK) has had some mixed results with its products of late. The brand overall is performing exceptionally well, and is a driving force behind the Chrysler Group’s recent growth, thanks to strong sales of the new and popular — yet polarizing — Cherokee crossover. The Grand Cherokee has been doing quite well also, and the Wrangler continues to carry its own weight.
However, recent Consumer Reports studies were not so kind to Jeep’s entry-level smaller offerings, the Patriot and the Compass. Both of these cars are more built for urban settings and operate at an arm’s length from their trail-rated brethren, and regardless on one’s personal feelings for the cars, it’s hard to deny that they are perhaps not made of the same mettle as their siblings.
Fortunately, that’s where the new 2015 Jeep Renegade comes in. Jeep seems to have identified its soft spots, and with the Renegade, it’s looking to firm them up and bring Jeep’s reputation of off-roading prowess and on-road manners to all corners of its product range.
Right off the bat, the Renegade looks like the Jeep that Jeep is hoping it will be. It features the necessary seven-slot grille, the signature round headlamps, which are juxtaposed by its squarish, boxy body — one punctuated by flowing side profile lines and rounded corners. It’s built on Fiat’s new 4X4 platform, and is meant to go head-to-head with the likes of the Nissan Juke, the Kia Soul, and other compact crossover utility vehicles.
Perhaps more importantly, though, is that the Renegade is being developed as a global vehicle. It will be Jeep’s entry-level option here in the States, and will be sold in numerous countries — over 100, to be more specific — globally using Fiat’s well-established network.