Jeep Renegade – the new, small “global trotter” of the Jeep Brand

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Following the world reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March and the US premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April, the new Jeep Renegade, the Small SUV, now makes its debut to the South African market.

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  • First Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle produced in collaboration between Italy and the United States and sold in more than 100 countries around the world
  • New Renegade expands the Jeep® range globally and marks the brand’s first entry in the Small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment delivering fuel efficiency and on-road manners combined with true Jeep off-road capability
  • Fresh, contemporary exterior design with true Jeep heritage styling cues
  • All the freedom of the Jeep open-air driving experience thanks to two special sunroof configurations, including the unique-to-the segment 'My Sky'
  • Renegade's all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colours
  • Fuel-efficient powertrain combination
  • Cutting edge technological features including UConnect touchscreens and a 7” full colour premium multiview display, the largest in the segment
  • ‘Best in class’ safety: advanced available or standard safety and security features, including 6 standard airbags, ESC with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), Parkview rear camera, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise control and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus
  • Available initially in the Limited trim level

The all-new Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing Small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for.

Determination, skill and desire to be part of one solid team are the most important ingredients in the making of the new Jeep Renegade, the first Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle to be jointly developed by Italian and American designers and engineers and the first model in the brand's history to be built in Italy, at the refurbished SATA plant in Melfi (Basilicata). An all-new Jeep, resulting from the combination between the design, functionality and off-road expertise of the U.S. brand and the style and the dynamic features that are signature cues of the Italian cars all over the world.

Jeep Renegade is a model packed with a strong stylistic personality. Agile and spacious, it is perfect for errands across town and boasts best-in-class interior roominess and excellent on-road driving dynamics.

In South Africa, the new Jeep Renegade will be available initially with the Limited trim levels – Longitude, and Trailhawk (September arrival) – and the fuel-efficient 1.4l MultiAir powertrain with manual transmission. Sales of the new model will start in South Africa during May 2015.

Exterior

From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class capability with city-sized proportions while at the same time enhancing versatility, manoeuvrability and style. Additionally, designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the Jeep brand’s renowned American design, as it would mark the brand’s first entry into the Small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots, with the Jeep Willys MB, and still present today with the current Jeep Wrangler

The result is a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features a fresh, all-new exterior styling that will certainly appeal to youthful and adventurous customers who recognize themselves in the well-known Jeep design inspired by the values of freedom and adventure. The vehicle’s exterior has a purposeful look with rugged body forms and aggressive wheel-to-body proportion. From any angle it reveals the distinctive design cues of the brand's stylistic heritage, such as round headlights, signature seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches. A large dual pane electric sliding glass roof provides customers with open-air freedom

Interior

The interior features a modern, refined look, in line with the brand's DNA. The cabin is characterized by maximum attention to detail, innovative colour combinations, high-quality materials, advanced technological contents and clever and functional storage areas.

The interior boasts a distinctive, fresh form language, which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces, such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel, are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colours are derived from extreme sports equipment. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a fold-forward front-passenger seat and class-exclusive removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo load floor.

Engines

The Jeep Renegade will initially be powered by a fuel-efficient 103 kW 1.4l MultiAir II Turbo petrol engine with Stop&Start featuring a six-speed manual transmission and 4x2 configuration.

Infotainment and safety

Jeep Renegade is beyond comparison in the segment when it comes to equipment providing onboard comfort and infotainment and offers advanced technology features. This includes the UConnect system with 5” (a standard feature on all trim levels) or 6.5" touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth with hands-free phone. The Jeep Renegade Limited features a 7” colour instrument cluster multiview display, the largest in the segment.

Safety and security were also at the forefront in the development of the all-new Jeep Renegade offering an array of advanced safety features, including six standard airbags, ESC with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), Parkview rear camera, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus and Adaptive Cruise Control.

DESIGN

The new Jeep® Renegade offers the open-air freedom and iconic styling Jeep is known for in an all-new efficient, trail and urban-friendly size – designed to take the growing global Small SUV segment head-on with its boxy proportions and purposeful design elements. Inside, the Renegade features high-quality materials, useful features and thoughtful storage to maximize versatility and capability.

From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged, versatile and functional styling. Secondly, designers knew that this new Jeep would symbolize American design and ingenuity as it marks the brand’s first entry into the Small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Lastly, this new Jeep must provide youthful and adventurous customers with world-class levels of craftsmanship and efficiency and, more importantly, the open-air freedom of the legendary Jeep Wrangler.

Exterior design

Jeep Renegade builds on the Wrangler’s powerful stance, rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that include best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class capability.

At the front, Renegade is decidedly Jeep with its signature seven-slot grille. Large circular headlights convey the typical Jeep look to the Renegade. Below the grille, a two-piece front fascia is aerodynamically tuned and features a body-colour upper and moulded-in-colour lower.

Short overhangs, trapezoidal wheel arches and a sculptural blend of fluid shapes interrupted by strong chamfers create Renegade’s rugged bodyside form. Inheriting Jeep Wrangler’s DNA, the Renegade features beefy tyres, wide fender forms, and a raised belt line that recalls the icon’s half-doors. Adding to the Renegade’s contemporary look is an optional daylight opening which harks back to the Wrangler’s classic hardtop. At the sill, this new Jeep SUV features lower moulded-in-colour accent cladding that adds protection, all while lightening the weight of the vehicle by visually placing more painted body above the wheel centres.

Linking the side profile to the rear is the familiar Jeep shield-shape that ties in the rear windscreen and Wrangler-like square tail lights with black accent surround. For added detail, the tail lights feature a new “X” form design theme inspired by military equipment (fuel can) – exuding strength and playing on the Jeep brand’s roots.

Interior design

Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon the Jeep brand’s legendary heritage. It’s precisely crafted details, innovative and high-quality colour and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and active lifestyles.

The Jeep Renegade interior was designed using four key principles:

  • Make an emotional design impact
  • Use high-quality materials with an inspired colour and materials story
  • Integrate the latest state-of-the-art technologies
  • Develop clever storage and intelligent use of space

When the Jeep designers began the interior design process, they started with a fresh canvas and simple design brief: create a Small SUV that they themselves would aspire to own. This objective is strikingly apparent in the Renegade’s dynamic lines, hand-sculpted forms, and emotional character.

Tek-Tonic design theme

The interior of the new Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” The design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle. Indispensable for off-road adventures, the robust handle is borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. It cleverly integrates into the passenger air vent to create a unique sculpted element. The unique centre vent and the anodized bezel accents draw inspiration from performance goggles and boots used in extreme sports.  Unique protective clamps that surround the UConnect touchscreens, shifter bezel and front-door speaker bezels exude strength and precision. The clamp surrounding the touchscreens is embossed with “Since 1941,” paying homage to the Jeep brand’s legendary history.

Jeep Renegade features a unique steering wheel with a thick rim section. Integrated audio, voice and vehicle controls add a new level of convenience and sophistication.

In front of the driver, the instrument cluster design includes a large analogue speedometer and tachometer. For an added sense of adventure, Renegade’s gauge cluster features a paintball-splatter design graphic that originated from one of the Jeep design team’s weekend paintball adventures. Straddling both gauges is a state-of-the-art 7” TFT display that provides full-colour vehicle information and allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience. The screen provides vehicle information and feedback through intuitive design, all to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The lower part of the dashboard neatly integrates climate controls, a dampened glove box and the media centre with USB, auxiliary input and 12-volt power connectivity for mobile devices. Proudly touting its Jeep design DNA and capability is a rubberized mat in the storage compartment under the media centre, moulded with a topography map of Moab, Utah – a legendary off-road spot for Jeep enthusiasts. Similar to the X-shape inspired tail-lights are the two front cup holders with the same embossed design detail that provides grip to secure different-sized beverage containers.

The Jeep Renegade’s centre console armrest is wrapped, providing a softer touch, and offers an adjustable position for improved comfort. For added detail, the protective clamp bezel surrounds the transmission shifter and is finished in an anodized accent colour to match the frames surrounding the climate control vents, the cup holder and the speakers.

Passenger seats are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body during longer journeys and are trimmed with premium cloth or leather. The Renegade includes a second-row 60/40-split seats, or for added convenience, 40/20/40-split seats with cargo area pass-through available.

In addition to its 351L of storage or 1 297L with rear seats folded flat, the vehicle features as optional equipment a removable and reversible cargo floor panel. Maximizing versatility is a fold-forward front seat that enables the new Renegade to accommodate long objects.

Following the Jeep interior design team’s philosophy for the Renegade, introduced and seen in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee, a new approach for colour and materials inspiration was obtained through different lifestyle adventures and locations around the world, creating invigorating colour and material environments.

The new Jeep Renegade Limited is available with three interior trim choices. The following colour/trim options are available per model: Black Premium fabric with Metal Diamond bezel accents, Black Leather (optional) with Metal Diamond bezel accents and Beige stitching and two-tone Bark Brown/Ski Grey Leather interiors (optional) with Anodized Orange bezel accents and stitching.

POWERTRAIN

Proven, fun-to-drive six-speed manual transmission

Jeep Renegade models equipped with the 103 kW 1.4l MultiAir Turbo feature a six-speed manual transmission with 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. And thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality. A tubular intermediate shaft with equal-length half shafts helps mitigate unwanted torque steer.

This six-speed state-of-the-art manual transmission is built and designed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and belongs to a new group of compact transverse, three-shaft transmissions.

The six-speed is synchronized in all gears for smooth gear transitions. The shift cables are equipped with an adjustment mechanism for enhanced shift feel as well as an enhanced start / stop sensor that picks up movement to the gear (i.e. out of neutral).

The clutch system features a dual mass flywheel with pendulum damper for enhanced noise/vibration characteristics at lower speed (i.e. reduced and/or eliminated rattle). The clutch system is hydraulic for reduced operating effort and reduced pedal vibration.

1.4l MultiAir II Turbo engine

The petrol engine offering includes the 103 kW 1.4l MultiAir II Turbo engine with Stop&Start paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

The 1.4l Turbo-MultiAir II engine is the smaller displacement variant from Fiat Chrysler new family of four-cylinder petrol engines.

The 1.4l MultiAir II Turbo engine is designed to take full advantage of the exclusive MultiAir valve train system developed by Fiat Powertrain and includes a host of new engine components designed for reduced friction to enhance the performance and fuel efficiency of Jeep’s first offering in the Small sport utility marketplace.

The 1.4l MultiAir II Turbo produces a maximum of 103 kW at 5 500 r/min and torque of 230 Nm at 1 750 r/min in combination with the six-speed manual transmission. The 1.4l MultiAir II engine also incorporates “Stop/Start” technology.

Structurally, the 1.4l MultiAir Turbo engine starts with a durable cast-iron block and a structural aluminium bedplate. The bore and stroke are 72 mm and 84 mm respectively, for a total displacement of 1 368 cm3.

Boost pressure is dynamically managed to provide a broad torque curve over a wide variety of ambient conditions, with a peak pressure of 22 psi at 4 000 r/min. Exclusive MultiAir valve-actuation technology controls intake air, cylinder by cylinder and stroke by stroke. The resulting precision reduces carbon-dioxide emissions and boosts fuel-economy up to 7.5 % compared with engines equipped with conventional valvetrains.

At the bottom end, a forged-steel crankshaft with select-fit main bearings is supported across five main journals. The crankshaft and its counterweights are designed to reduce overall mass.

Durability is ensured with the use of lightweight forged-steel connecting rods that have been designed with a unique cross-section to minimize longitudinal and lateral rod-bending.

Lightweight cast-aluminium pistons contribute to the overall efficiency of the reciprocating assembly and the engine’s high-rpm capability. Full-floating piston pins are used for added strength.

Piston cooling jets, located at the bottom of each cylinder, contribute to fuel economy by squirting oil on the bottom of the pistons. This helps maintain cylinder temperatures and reduce the possibility of hot spots along the cylinder walls or at the top of the piston that could lead to spark knock.

Stop&Start

The new Jeep Renegade is equipped with standard Stop&Start technology on all powertrain configurations. This system automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of idle time, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This is most advantageous for vehicles which spend significant amounts of time waiting at traffic lights or frequently stop in traffic. As a result, fuel economy gains can range from 5 – 10 %.

FRAME, SUSPENSION AND STEERING

Designed and engineered to deliver legendary Jeep capability, the new Renegade is the first Small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to use the all-new “small-wide 4x4 architecture.” With its fully independent suspension, Renegade raises the bar in the Small SUV segment with world-class on-road driving dynamics and passenger safety.

As the first Jeep vehicle built exclusively outside of the United States to target global markets, the development of Jeep Renegade was a global collaboration of Jeep engineering and design, with Italian craftsmanship and execution.

The Jeep Renegade’s modular architecture means many models can be built using the same basic underpinnings. The result is better quality and reliability, less development time and improved tooling. The architecture that the Renegade is built on comprises common modular and interchangeable components, and allows for modularity of the wheelbase, front track, rear track, front overhang, and length and width across vehicle lines.

With extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations, the Jeep Renegade’s architecture delivers world-class torsional stiffness for optimum control of body geometry. For passengers, the new architecture delivers off-road durability and up to 205 mm of rear wheel articulation and 175 mm of ground clearance – all while feeling tighter and stiffer, with an added sense of confidence and control during high speed on-road manoeuvres.

Rigid body structure

Renegade features a unibody structure with the upper body and frame engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure. Its rigid foundation can be credited to the extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. The new Small SUV utilizes approximately 70 % high-strength steel for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency – the first Jeep vehicle to use high-strength steel to this extent.

For additional weight and strength optimization, Renegade features an aluminium bonnet, front cross beam and hybrid rear crash box.

One of the most notable body structure features is the application of advance high-strength and “hot-stamped” steels in the upper and under-body, A and B-pillars, front header, sills and rails. Combined, these structural attributes enable the Jeep Renegade’s roof strength, as well as enhanced visibility via thinner pillar sections.

Enhanced chassis-to-body structure interfaces, including suspension brackets and cradle attachments, are designed to ensure high stiffness at those points and minimize low-frequency noise into the cabin. Additionally, this rigid body structure enabled engineers to dial-in the Jeep Renegade’s chassis tuning. The overall result is Jeep Renegade’s solid, confident and refined feel on the road or trail.

Premium Koni frequency selective damping system

Jeep Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics. In addition, the Koni FSD system actively filters out high-frequency suspension inputs from uneven road surfaces and adjusts for comfort and smoothness while maintaining excellent ride control.

Advanced electric power steering system

Jeep Renegade features precise steering, thanks to its electric power steering (EPS) and driving steering torque (DST) systems, which improve both handling and performance.

The vehicle features an advanced steering-column-mounted EPS system that utilizes the latest technology delivering sporty handling by managing significant loads at all steering wheel operating speeds, and power assist curves modulated according to driving conditions resulting in up to a 3 % improvement in fuel efficiency when compared with a conventional hydraulic system. All of the power boost, or assist, is provided via an electric motor, and because the system is fully electronic, the driver experiences optimal steering effort at all vehicle speeds with improved fuel efficiency, since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump.

The Renegade’s DST system improves both driving safety and handling performance by actively carrying out corrections, and automatically controls oversteer over surfaces with low grip in all driving conditions. Moreover, the steering system is fully integrated with the vehicle’s electronic stability control (ESC) system to help compensate in split-traction, torque steer and pull-drift (crowned road) situations.

For Jeep Renegade to deliver a quiet interior cabin, engineers maximized the vehicle’s structural design and tuned the interior environment for sound quality and level by isolating powertrain, wind and road noise.

This city-friendly sized Jeep features a noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) package that includes laminated acoustic windshield glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush rolled-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and keep the cabin quiet. Combined, these design improvements provide the Renegade with high levels of interior sound quality.

SAFETY

Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the new Jeep Renegade. The new Small SUV offers up to 70 available safety and security features, including the segment’s first availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

Standard safety features on the new Jeep Renegade consist of six airbags (advanced seats multi-stage airbags, all-row full-length side-curtain airbags, side bags), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with rollover mitigation (ERM). To ensure maximum protection, the complete offering of safety features available or optional on the new Renegade also includes Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines.

One of the most innovative systems fitted on the new Jeep Renegade is the Forward Collision Warning-Plus braking assist system – a first in the category. This system utilizes radar and video sensors to detect whether the Renegade is approaching another vehicle or large obstacle in its path too rapidly and warns or assists the driver in avoiding/mitigating the incident.

The LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus system uses a camera-based vision sensor to establish the Renegade’s position on the road. If an unintentional lane drift occurs, determined by trajectory change and the absence of turn-signal activation, the system will deliver a visual warning and a haptic warning – the subtle introduction of torque from the electric power steering (EPS) system. If the driver unintentionally drifts too far, the system provides a secondary visual warning.

The Blind Spot Monitoring uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime.

The optional Adaptive Cruise Control, when activated, decreases the vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. ACC will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane. The system will also maintain a driver adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it and is particularly useful when driving in adverse meteorological conditions or in situations of reduced visibility.

Besides these advanced and innovative safety features, Jeep Renegade’s available safety and security equipment includes:

  1. Active turn signals:Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second to indicate a lane change
  2. Advanced multistage airbags:Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact. Meets FMVSS 208 advanced airbag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants
  3. All-row full-length side-curtain airbags:Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side airbag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the airbag on the side where an impact occurs. This type of airbag is housed in the headliner just above side windows
  4. All-speed traction control system:Part of the standard anti-lock brake system (ABS), helps keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during all speeds by applying individual brakes alone or in combination with engine torque limitation to prevent wheel slip
  5. Anti-lock brake system (ABS):Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
  6. Anti-lock brake system with rough-road detection:Anti-lock brake system is capable of detecting if the vehicle is driving on a rough road by the oscillations in the wheel speed signals. Rough road is detected on off-road surfaces or trails, and ABS enters a different pressure control where it will hold the brake pressure for longer pulses
  7. Auto-dimming rearview mirror:Auto-dimming mirror automatically reduces glare from bright light allowing the driver to have a clearer view of the road ahead
  8. Automatic defog:Enables the Renegade’s automatic temperature control (ATC) system to measure humidity inside the vehicle and provide a fog-free windshield automatically without driver intervention
  9. Automatic headlights:Headlights turn on and off automatically depending on exterior light levels and when the windshield wipers are turned on or off
  10. Auto-reverse windows:The window automatically reverses when it senses an obstruction during closing
  11. BeltAlert:Activates a chime and/or illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without belted front-seat occupants
  12. Brake assist:In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, minimizing the stopping distance
  13. Brake-lock differential system (BLDS):Allows the vehicle to maintain forward motion if one or two wheels lose traction by selectively and aggressively applying brakes to the spinning wheels
  14. Brake-throttle override:Allows driver to stop the vehicle when throttle and brake inputs occur simultaneously; electronic throttle control reduces engine-power output until vehicle stops or pedal inputs cease
  15. Brake/park interlock:Prevents the transmission from being shifted out of “Park” unless the brake pedal is pushed
  16. Capless fuel-filler door:Provides fuel-filling simplicity and eliminates contact with any fuel spillage
  17. Child-protection rear door locks:Disables the rear doors’ inside-release handle by adjusting a small lever on the door-shut face
  18. Child seat anchor system:LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
  19.  Constant-force retractors (CFR): Regulates the force exerted on the occupant by the seat belt and then gradually releases seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner
  20. Daytime running lights (DRL):Lights that illuminate during daytime conditions, increasing the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers
  21. Driver’s side knee airbag (onlyavailable in certain markets): Located below the instrument panel, the knee airbag deploys when the driver airbag deploys and is designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection
  22. Dual-note electric horns:Produces two different tones at the same time, to cut through ambient noise
  23. Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS):Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting, flashing the hazard lights and unlocking the doors on the Renegade after airbag deployment. Also shuts off flow of fuel to the engine
  24. Electric parking brake (EPB): Utilizes parking brakeswitch mounted in the centre console, a motor on caliper (MOC) at each rear wheel and an electronic control module. Four modes of operation: static apply and release, dynamic apply, drive away release and safe hold
  25. Electronic brake-force distribution:Assists the driver to optimize stopping distances and control under all vehicle loading conditions by regulating braking pressure front-to-rear
  26. Electronic roll mitigation (ERM):An extension of electronic stability control (ESC). Uses input from ESC sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation, then applies the brakes individually and modulates the throttle position as needed
  27. Electronic stability control (ESC):Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there is a discernible difference between driver input through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input to guide the vehicle back on to the driver’s intended path
  28. Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC):Provides the driver with trip, temperature, tyre-pressure monitoring and other vehicle information within the Renegade’s instrument cluster
  29. Energy-absorbing steering column:The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management
  30. Energy management system:Three front load paths designed from high-strength steel manage vehicle crush and minimize cabin intrusion
  31. Express up/down windows:One-touch powered express up/down window button located on the front driver and passenger-side door
  32. Front and rear crumple zones:Specially formed structural members that crumple and absorb energy in a collision, helping protect the occupant cabin
  33.  Front seat-belt adaptive/active load limiters: Designed to optimize the chest loading in an impact event
  34. Front seat-belt pretensioners:During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners to remove slack in the seat belt system, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso
  35. Front-seat mounted side pelvic thorax bags:Provide enhanced protection to the driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts. Each side airbag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the airbag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side airbags are housed within the outboard side of each front seat
  36. Front wiper blades de-icer:Prevents wiper blades from freezing to the front windshield, and improves cold-weather wipe-ability
  37. Global position sensor (GPS):Used for navigation guidance
  38. Height-adjustable seat belts (front-row):Outboard seat belts feature height adjustment, allowing for the seat belt to be placed in the optimal position for any driver
  39. Hill-start Assist (HSA):Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after a driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released
  40. Occupant Restraint Controller:Detects an impact and determines whether a crash is severe enough to trigger airbag deployment and whether the primary or secondary stage inflation is sufficient. In addition, the controller detects side impacts and determines whether the rail-curtain and side seat-mounted (thorax protection) airbags should deploy. Engagement of front seat-belt pretensioners are also managed through the controller
  41. ParkSense rear park assist system:The system utilizes ultrasonic sensors at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects. If it is determined that a collision is imminent, the system will provide a momentary, autonomous brake apply/brake jerk then release. At speeds below 7 km/h the system will bring the vehicle to a stop before releasing
  42. ParkView rear backup camera:Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, giving the driver greater peace of mind before reversing at low speeds. Contains dynamic grid lines to aid the driver when manoeuvring into parking spaces or narrow areas. Also aids in lining up a trailer to the vehicle’s trailer hitch, when so equipped. The image is displayed on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse
  43. Ready Alert Braking (RAB):Anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application
  44. Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection:In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime
  45. Remote keyless entry:Locks and unlocks doors and turns on interior lights. If the vehicle is equipped with a security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system
  46. Safety cage body structure:Protects occupants by managing and controlling energy in the event of an impact
  47. Security alarm:Deters vandalism and theft, frequently lowering insurance premiums. System protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring door-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry
  48. Sentry Key engine immobilizer:Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds
  49. Side guard door beams:Reinforcement beams inside the doors that increase occupant protection in a side collision
  50. Supplemental turn signals:Signal lamp built into the housing of exterior mirrors allows turn signals to be viewed from the front, as well as the sides and rear of the vehicle in order to alert oncoming traffic and pedestrians
  51. Thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster display:Offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from a basic analogue read-out to a full digital display that clearly communicates vehicle information with easy-to-understand icons
  52. Three-point seat belts:Front outboard seating positions and all rear seating positions have lap and shoulder belt
  53. Tilt-and-telescoping steering column:Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver airbag, if deployed
  54. Tyre-pressure monitoring (TPM) system – Lock-on Sync:Informs driver when tyre pressure is too low. Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system. Tyre-pressure monitoring system self-learns tyre position after rotation or tyre is moved to a new location
  55. Trailer-sway control (TSC):Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic. The system monitors the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path, then applies alternating brake pressure to slow the vehicle and then increases the pressure on one front wheel in order to counteract the sway induced by the trailer
  56. UConnect Voice Command:An in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. When the Bluetooth phone is initially connected, the contact list is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1 000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name.

CONNECTIVITY & INFOTAINMENT

Jeep Renegade offers a range of communication, entertainment and navigation features and the segment’s largest full-colour instrument cluster. Its thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities are intuitive, easy-to-use and provide on-board comfort and infotainment.

UConnect 5.0 and 6.5 touchscreen systems

The new Jeep Renegade showcases UConnect’s in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and navigation.

UConnect 5.0 with 5.0” touchscreen:

The UConnect 5.0 system features a 5” touchscreen that enables handsfree calling via Bluetooth-equipped phones, as well as voice-command control of AM/FM. Compatible smartphones, equipped with Bluetooth and MAP, can receive text messages and send from a list of 18 pre-defined messages. The system announces receipt of the message, identifies the sender and then “reads” the message aloud. In addition, digital music can be streamed wirelessly from compatible Bluetooth smartphones or audio players supported by a media hub equipped with an auxiliary jack and USB port that enables recharging and seamless operation of portable devices.

UConnect 6.5AN with 6.5” touchscreen:

Upping the ante is the available UConnect 6.5AN model with a 6.5” touchscreen display, voice operation of AM/FM, mobile phones and navigation system.

UConnect 6.5AN’s well-designed maps help drivers slip through traffic, while merging and turning using sensor assisted GPS.

Drivers can identify points of interest quickly and easily with stunning 3D graphics and detailed views of landmarks, cities and terrains. Audio directions and voice prompts provide turn-by-turn guidance. Sensor-assisted GPS helps ensure accurate positioning for the vehicle all while travelling through tunnels, indoor parking garages and other areas where GPS signals can become obstructed.

Additional features include hands-free calling, text messaging and audio streaming via compatible Bluetooth-enabled phones, personalization settings and a premium media hub with USB and auxiliary ports. The UConnect system is available with an optional ParkView rear backup camera.

Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7”, full-colour, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. Information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

The display offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from basic speed readouts to specific vehicle status information. Operation of the display is clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions. Using buttons on the steering wheel, drivers can customize the screen with as much or as little information as they desire. Additionally, the four corners of the display can be customized to show information at a glance, including current fuel economy, outside temperature, time and compass direction. Vehicle concerns are instantly reported to the driver via pop-up warning messages on the display. And for added convenience, text message warnings are automatically stored so a driver can review them when it is safe.

JEEP RENEGADE & MOPAR®

The global launch of the Jeep Renegade highlights the intense, fruitful cooperation that links the Jeep brand to Mopar®, the reference brand for the services, Customer Care, original parts and accessories for the brands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. A wide range of aftersales services and products has been created for the new Small Jeep SUV, to satisfy all use requirements and desires for customization. This is the best demonstration of the comprehensive service that Mopar reserves for its customers and which today is encapsulated in the communication slogan: "Mopar. More care for your car".

More than 100 exclusive accessories

The accessories business represents a global market worth 70 billion dollars: this is Mopar’s sphere of activity, offering more than 25 000 top-quality accessories in more than 130 countries. Developed in collaboration with the vehicle design team, all products are exclusive and blend in seamlessly on the various models, in line with their technical, stylistic and mechanical characteristics.

Specifically, more than 100 accessories are available for the new Jeep Renegade, permitting many distinctive levels of customization. These include the original stickers for the bonnet, doors and side rear area (one among many, the iconic “US Army Star”, available in black or white), the mirror covers and front grilles in four different shades, in addition to the 17'' alloy wheels in four colour versions. Additionally, to increase the functionality of the vehicle, a wide range of roof boxes and various systems is available – for fitting on the roof or tow hook – for transporting winter and water sports equipment (bikes, surfboards, kayaks, etc.).

The offer is completed by various internal mats and many accessories dedicated to protecting and getting the most out of the luggage compartment (protections, nets and organizer).

How much does the new Jeep Renegade cost in South Africa?

The new Jeep Renegade range will be available in South Africa immediately from Jeep dealerships countrywide. Pricing on the Jeep Renegade 1.4L Limited starts at R375 990.00 and includes a standard 3 year / 100 000 km warranty and class leading 6 year / 100 000 km maintenance plan.

 

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