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TOTD: Will the 2015 Jeep Renegade be a Proper Off-Roader?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/4/2014 Erick Ayapana

The upcoming 2015 Jeep Renegade was just unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and many are wondering how the pint-sized SUV will perform off-road. As we reported, the 2015 Renegade slots below the very capable Wrangler and just released 2014 Cherokee. Based on the same platform as the Fiat 500L, the Renegade will be one of the most globally-available Jeeps sold with a number of powertrain configurations.

U.S.-spec models will get two engine choices. First is a 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir I-4 rated at 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, while a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir II will produce 184 hp and 177 lb-ft. Both are offered with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic that will send power to the front wheels or two available all-wheel drive systems: Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low.

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Read our First Look article on the 2015 Jeep Renegade HERE.

Active Drive Low models will get a standard nine-speed auto with revised axle ratio optimized for rock crawling. The Trail Rated Trailhawk option includes the addition of a “rock mode” in the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, 8.7-inches of ground clearance (0.8-inches more than normal Renegades), and revised fascias to improve approach and departure angles. Additionally, about 70 percent of the 2015 Renegade’s unibody is constructed of high-strength steel, the most used in any Jeep model. That said, do you think the Renegade has the off-road chops needed to be a Trail Rated Jeep? Sound off in the comments below.


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