Numerous media outlets, the most reputable being the industry publication Automotive News and now British Autocar, are reporting that the Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV will be revealed tomorrow in Geneva. Photos and some details were leaked by an American site, ignoring the media embargo, and other outlets picked up the story.
Styled in the US, engineered worldwide, and built in Italy, the new vehicle will include an all wheel drive Trailhawk version; worldwide, it will be sold with gasoline and diesel engines. The interior includes a choice of five-inch or 6.5 inch touch-screens, and it will be the first small SUV with a nine-speed automatic.
Autocar pointed out that the Renegade has a twin removable sunroof system, “My Sky,” and pointed out the red tow hooks in the blue photo.
A leading German publication, Auto Motor and Sport, added that there would be 16-18 inch wheels, ground clearance of up to 22 cm (around 8.7 inches) — which, if true, would match Cherokee Trailhawk — and a height adjustable cargo bay floor. They said the center display was customizable, and that there would be front wheel drive and two all wheel drive versions. The site, as interpreted through Google Translate, claimed, “In the version Trailhawk the Renegade will create the Rubicon Trail so even.”
European buyers can get the Jeep version in summer, but Americans have to wait until late in 2014; the 500X will come later, and will be shipped to the United States in 2015. Automotive News reported that up to 280,000 of both were planned per year, though unofficial Chrysler sources said that number was conservative. The Jeep is expected to outsell the Fiat.
Some details of the Automotive News Europe story conflict with past reports given to Allpar, including a statement that all Renegades would be all wheel drive. Allpar will have a full report on the Jeep Renegade tomorrow, when it is officially launched, with higher resolution, sharper photos.
Allpar has responded slowly to this story out of respect to Chrysler and their desire to make a splash with the Jeep Renegade when it is unveiled. We have only moved ahead after major media outlets have publicized the leaks. Our full story and analysis, with tables, specs, and such, will appear tomorrow morning.