2015 Jeep Renegade


The new Jeep Renegade is ready to bring a new look and name to the Jeep brand.  Taking cues from new parent company Fiat’s European Panda, the Renegade is going to offer a new way to experience off-road in a Jeep.  A new look, one that is inspired by such European designs, may seem frightening to most American drivers.  There was already enough fear over a simple new look for the now highly regard Jeep Cherokee.  The Renegade is still Jeep at its core and no matter how boxy or odd it may appear at first sight, it is still offering the best off-road experience to Jeep fans new and old.

The design of the new Jeep Renegade, at first glance, is off-putting for long time fans of Jeep.  Take it all in and dwell on it, and you’ll notice that the familiar Jeep cues are still intact for a new generation.  The iconic seven-slot grille is still there to give the family resemblance.  But look isn’t what makes a Jeep, it is what is inside and what it can do.  In that regard, the Renegade is more that capable of living up to a long honored tradition of being trail-rated.

The engine inside of the Renegade is a 1.4 liter Multi Air turbocharged engine with six-speed manual transmission.  A larger engine, a 2.4-liter, is also available.  The Renegade also has standard the Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system.

For true outdoors types, the Renegade has an available open-air, dual panel roof feature.  The “My Sky” system can open up a roof panel to let the air in.  The dual panel system allows for half-way retraction or a full removed roof for the front and rear passengers.  When the panels are removed, they can be stored in a height-adjustable rear cargo area.

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Jeep Wrangler Faces Challenge of New Fuel Regulations


There is heavy speculation as to how the next Jeep Wrangler is going to be able to handle the stricter regulations from the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) rules.  SUVs are notorious for their fuel consumption.  The Motor Report has a theory on just how the new Jeep Wrangler will be able to deal with the regulations while still offering the quality drivers expect.

Lightweight materials will be playing a major part of how.  The Motor Report points out that Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler, has been hinting at using an aluminum architecture.  The use of this material would decrease the weight on the new Wrangler.

A new transmission could help a lot in fuel saving as well.  The Grand Cherokee was recently given a eight-speed automatic transmission which could be used in a future Wrangler model.

Another possible change could come from the engine, a smaller engine.  This may put fear in the hearts and minds of the loyal Jeep fans, but don’t lose hope.  Mike Manley, the CEO of Jeep, said “One thing that we will not do is dilute what Wrangler stands for.  I killed the two-wheel-drive Wrangler when I took over the brand, and I’m not bringing the two-wheel-drive Wrangler back.”

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