The ultra-adorable Jeep Renegade is the latest off-roader in a long history of Jeep 4x4s. But there’s a problem — people are critical as to whether the Renegade has the merit to wear the Jeep badge with pride. But before you make judgement on the mini-SUV, here’s seven important facts you should know:
The first thing that you, or anyone really may ask is can it get over hills, rocks, and or dirt? The answer is yes.
Some of the features include a four-wheel independent suspension, electric power steering and driving steering torque, Jeep Active Drive Low, hill-decent control and 17-inch off-road tires. It’s like any other capable Jeep, just smaller.
It’s Trail Rated (in Trailhawk guise)
Following up on the capable note — it is trail-rated if you go for the Trailhawk spec. Like any Jeep, the Renegade had to take on the world’s toughest obstacle course in order to be given the Trail-Rated stamp of approval.
Like the Wrangler or the Grand Cherokee, the Renegade passed (assumedly) with flying colors.
It Has Standard All-Wheel Drive
Unlike some softer front-wheel drive SUVs, the Renegade comes will all-wheel drive — standard. Further giving merit to its off-road capabilities.
It Has a Manual Transmission
Along with the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission on an SUV, the Renegade comes with two manual transmission options and a dual-dry clutch transmission.
It Will Come With a Diesel (but not in the U.S.)
Yes, your diesel wishes have been answered. Problem is, you have to live in Europe to cop one. While Jeep boasts that the Renegade will use both gas and diesel engines, U.S. buyers are stuck with the standard Chrysler MultiAir engines, which are not always very lively when paired to an automatic. The manual will be a must to get the most from these diminutive mills.
It Was Designed in the U.S., Built in Italy
Designed at home and built abroad, the Renegade uses daddy Fiat’s 500X “small-wide” platform. The same one used on the current 500L.
It’s A Jeep, Plain and Simple
All that being said, there’s one thing you can’t discount — it’s a Jeep, through and through. Like any modern Jeep, it has the design and the capabilities you would expect. It can ford through rivers, tackle tough terrain, all the while, keeping you cool and comfortable in the cabin.
We’re excited to hit the trails in this little thing.
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