The new 2017 Jeep Renegade combines a bit of playfulness with iconic Jeep styling resulting into a practical ride quality. Some of its highpoints include off-road prowess, abundance of character, easy-to-use technology features, agile handling, and lots of technologies even in its basic form. The Jeep Renegade release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017, at least going by the latest industry and media reports.
Is It Bad?
Jeep Renegade cynics and aficionados alike were concerned about whether there was a chance in the universe a subcompact crossover could evolve to become a force to reckon with in terms of unquestionable off-road capability. The skepticism was further fueled by the fact that Jeep has a reputation of building underwhelming small crossovers.
However, we can enthusiastically report the fears noted above are unfounded thanks to the several road tests we have conducted on various test-drive loops. It is a vehicle that has abundance of personality, practicality, and easy-to-drive character. Throw in the off-road prowess and you’ve got yourself an excellent option when the road turns from asphalt and dirt to rocky.
Cozy Off Road Experience
The suspension system does a great job of soaking up bumps, and there is no doubt it is a peach on the road. The 2017 Jeep Renegade interior is attractive, well-laid out, refined, and offers plenty of headroom. However, opting for the Renegade Trailhawk gets you a rough-and-tumble ride quality, but compensates the mediocrity through unparalleled off-road capability relative to its competition.
Easy To Maneuver
As a matter of fact, the 2017 Jeep Renegade surpassed our expectations when we put it on the RTI stamp – examines the optimum suspension articulation. It fared much better than both the Discovery Sport and the Cherokee Trailhawk. The result of this is a vehicle that is easily maneuverable on tight places or in crowded parking slots, and a cinch to place on the road thanks in part to the Renegade’s small footprint.
Some Of The Cons Are…
Given, the 2017 Jeep Renegade is a compelling choice if you’re looking for genuine off-road ability and a fun to drive character. However, there are some few foibles that may impact negatively on its appeal. Some of them include a middling fuel economy, a tight rear-seat legroom, an intrusive road noise, and a clunky transmission system.
Thus, it might be prudent to check other alternatives offered in the same category. They include the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-3, the Fiat 500X, and the Subaru Crosstrek.
Trim Levels For The New Renegade
As of this writing, only four trims can be confirmed for the 2017 Jeep Renegade: Limited, Sport, Latitude, and Trailhawk, albeit changes on the lineup cannot be ruled out entirely on its release date.
Interior And Exterior Updates
2017 Jeep Renegade Sport model’s list of standard accessories and features include dual USB ports, a height-adjustable driver seat, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, power windows and locks, an auxiliary audio jack, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, a rearview camera, voice commands, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, cruise control, a fold-flat front passenger seat, body-colored door handles, automatic wipers and windows, foglights, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.
Engine and Fuel Consumption
Two engines are offered beneath the hoods of the 2017 Jeep Renegade: a four-cylinder 1.4L turbocharged, and a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. The base engine is offered under the hoods of both the Latitude and Sport trim models. It cranks out a power output of 160 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. The transmission system offered is a six-speed manual.
Standard for both the Renegade Limited and Trailhawk but optional for the Sport and Latitude is a four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pounds-ft. of torque. The four-wheel drive system is offered exclusively for the Trailhawk while the rest are offered with a choice of either a FWD or an AWD system.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade 0-60 mph takes 9.4 seconds with the Jeep Renegade Latitude, while the Trailhawk takes approximately 9.7 seconds.
When it comes to the fuel economy, expect the 4WD 2.4L powerplant to check in at 21/29/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/31/27 mpg with the turbocharged 1.4L engine regardless of whether it is AWD or FWD.
When Will 2017 Jeep Renegade Come Out?
Rumors in the industry are rife the new model should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017. The 2017 Jeep Renegade price starts from an MSRP of $17,995.
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