When Jeep's rugged new subcompact crossover goes on sale in March, it'll start at $18,990, including a destination charge. The 2015 Jeep Renegade joins a growing group of tiny 'utes, including the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V.
Related: 2015 Jeep Renegade Expert Review
The Renegade is based on the Fiat 500L and offers a choice of two engines; a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base price is for a two-wheel-drive Sport model; four-wheel-drive Sports start at $20,990. Two-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax start at $20,995; pricing has not yet been announced for the 2016 Honda HR-V or the 2016 Fiat 500X.
Continue below for full Renegade trim level pricing (all prices include a $995 destination fee):
"Jeep purists might smirk, thinking the Renegade has a fitting name, but this subcompact SUV is no Benedict Arnold: It delivers big-time off-road performance in Trailhawk form without sacrificing on-road driving refinement," says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.
Cars.com photo by Mike Hanley
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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is all-new, but visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show — where the subcompact SUV is bowing — will see a lot of familiar features. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says its boxy shape, Patriot-like lines and seven-bar grille show its Jeep pedigree. However, the Renegade's similarities to the Fiat 500L hatchback on which it's based reveal some family blending as the Italian automaker and Chrysler realize their landmark merger. Watch the video for more — especially the rather novel etching of Moab, Utah, topography into storage-compartment mats.
Few topics get automotive enthusiasts riled up like a discussion of the future of the Jeep brand. Should they remain true to their boxy, off-road military origins with products like the Wrangler, or go more on-road friendly with swoopy, daring designs like the new Cherokee? Jeep itself seems conflicted, giving us a range of styles and capabilities to choose from, but the brand's global push in the next couple of years will be with this model, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. It debuted at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show and appears this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
It's a mix of both worlds — built on a platform shared with a tiny Fiat crossover, the Renegade did not start life as an off-roader. But you wouldn't necessarily know that from looking at it — this is a traditional Jeep look, with boxy upright styling, round headlamps, the iconic seven-bar grille up front and square taillights out back.
Jeep continues to take heat for the non-traditional styling of its new-for-2014 Cherokee, and by the looks of its newest SUV, the 2015 Renegade, opinions are likely to be just as divided.
Jeep fans will welcome its boxy silhouette and overall rugged look, but its tiny footprint might give shoppers pause. The all-new SUV shares a platform with the Fiat 500L and is subcompact in size, matching up with the tiny Buick Encore.
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Competes with: Buick Encore, Fiat 500L, Mini Countryman
Looks like: A proper boxy Jeep
Powertrains: 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Early 2015
Do you miss the old, boxy Jeep Cherokee? Do you desire the rugged fun of the Jeep Wrangler, but want something a bit safer, more secure and fuel efficient? Think the new Cherokee is just too big? Well, Jeep has an answer: the all-new subcompact 2015 Jeep Renegade, which was just unveiled at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
The Renegade is the latest product of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and while it looks for all the world like a pure American Jeep, underneath is a modified platform shared with the Fiat 500L that Jeep calls the new "small-wide 4x4 architecture." That means it's tiny by American standards — 1.8 inches shorter than a Buick Encore but 5 inches longer than a Honda Fit. It will be a global product sold all over the world with an eye-popping number of powertrain combinations tailored to various markets, and it will even come in a right-hand-drive version.
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