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Jeep Renegade gets a new engine for 2019 model year

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Jeep has updated its compact crossover Renegade for the 2019 model year. There isn’t a whole lot to talk about the exterior updates.

Speaking of which, there is a new grille surround, new LED headlamps with DRLs, new bumper design, cornering fog lamps and refreshed tail lamps. Latitude and Limited variants get a new 19-inch aluminum Granite Crystal-painted wheel option. New Bikini Clear Coat, Slate Blue Pearl and Sting Grey Clear Coat exterior paint colors will be available at a later date.

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The interiors get Uconnect 4 8.4-inch touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; navigation; HD Radio; Bluetooth connectivity, voice command and streaming audio; and SiriusXM Radio.

New features added include adaptive cruise control, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist Plus and front park sensors. The instrument cluster has new graphics. Options include 8-speaker BeatsAudio premium sound system, and My Sky open-air roof panel system.

New engine
Replacing the 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit is a new 1.3-litre (1,332 cc) in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine, developing 177 hp @ 5,750 rpm and 270 Nm of torque @ 1,750 rpm. The 2.4-litre in-line 4-cylinder Tigershark petrol engine continues to power the SUV, with an output of 180 hp and 237 Nm of torque.

Both engines are paired to a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Renegade also comes with disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) to optimize fuel efficiency of 4×4 models.

As before, the Renegade comes with Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes – Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model.

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Speaking of which, the Trailhawk model also gets 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. (900+ kg) towing capacity.

Jeep says that the Renegade is available with up to 70 safety and security features, including the segment’s first availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

The Renegade was spotted testing in India over two years ago. No official word regarding its introduction in the Indian market.

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