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2019 Renegade: more of the Jeep look

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Dave Z, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    The refreshed 2019 Renegade was shown for the first time today, in Europe, where the Italian-made crossover is a hot seller. Under the skin are new engine options, which in the US were probably more hotly anticipated than an updated Renegade.

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    The round headlights, a design feature shared with the truly off-road-capable Wrangler, now have insets, declaring them to be LEDs; the grille was freshened as well, and the side mirrors now have integrated turn signals. The rear was also freshened, with minor changes to the distinctive tail-lights (inspired by wartime jerry-cans).

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    The company noted updates to the engines without being specific. FCA’s new small engines (GSE) have been launched in Brazil, and would be likely replacements for the current 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine, which has been criticized in U.S. outlets for uneven responsiveness; Allpar source Karl3 wrote that the Renegade would be the first Jeep use of the GSE.

    It’s possible that the 2.4 liter TigerShark may be replaced or supplemented by a new GME engine; so far, the Jeep version of that engine has only been shown in turbocharged (Compass) and turbo-hybrid (Wrangler) forms, but it’s not unreasonable to expect a naturally aspirated version.

    AutoGuide wrote that they expected the nine-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions to remain for 2019 in both Europe and North America. The Renegade is built in multiple factories, but Europeans, United States residents, and Canadians all draw from an Italian plant.

    Read the whole post here.
     
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  2. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    @Dave Z
    You list the Compass a having the GME turbo, I think you meant Cherokee.
     
  3. LeeRyder

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    I really like that face a lot.
     
  4. KrisW

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    There's already a 200bhp variant of the GME that's offered as the base gasoline engine in European Giulias. If Jeep wants to replace the 2.4, that's a likely candidate. GME is a more expensive engine, but logistically it may be a better choice: Tigershark engines need to be shipped all the way from Michigan, whereas the 2.0 is built in Termoli, a two hour drive from the Melfi plant.

    However, I think a lot of buyers in the US still don't trust forced-induction engines. It may be risky for Jeep to offer no atmospheric engine at all, so I could see Tigershark sticking around for a bit, even if the 2.0 is offered.
     
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  5. Erik Latranyi

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    At one time, Chrysler was the leader in technology for mass produced turbocharged engines.

    Daimler destroyed that and drove the engineers away who had that knowledge.

    But Chrysler customers once trusted turbo.
     
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    You wouldn't be able to tell by luxury car sales, that's for sure. And Ford's EcoBoost engines have done a lot to bring them into the mainstream.
     
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    The trailhawk looks good and the wheels are right sized; the limited's wheels look too large for this size jeep--not enough rubber makes for a bumpy highway ride.
     
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    Trailhawk looks nice, but the lesser trim with inboard foglamps and fake air intakes is a step backward. Leave the fake vents and intakes to Honda and Toyota. Don't get me started on the fact that nearly the entire grille is blocked off, as also seen on Compass.
     
  10. Bajanbuoy

    Bajanbuoy Durango Dave!
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    From a purely looks perspective, this is the ONLY Jeep that I like enough to consider purchasing. I didn't quite like the driving position or powertrain in the one that I rented for a week.
     
  11. KrisW

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    Driving position will not change, but powertrain options will... The 1.4 FIRE at 160bhp will be gone in this vehicle; replaced with 1.3 GSE.
     
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    Definitely an improvement. It’s a vehicle that don’t interest me however. The side profile reminds me of a jacked Kia Soul. Just odd looking. Trail hawk is the best trim. I’m not sure how sales are in my area. I’ve only seen a handful on the road. Women seem to like them, from my observations.
     
  15. link3721

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    Too bad my Patriot is holding up well. I'd enjoy a Renegade if I wasn't so attached to my Patriot. If the US spec gets new engines, that may change my mind.
     
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    If that is the same dual clutch transmission i spent a week with in a 500L it’s the single most ill behaved transmission next a un-synced dump truck back in college. To the point it was better in manual. I don’t know how they tolerate that in the EU yikes. I thought we were spoiled but no that thing is not right.
     
  17. Mr. Fusion

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    You'll hear different views on it. I think @valiant67 had a couple of clutches burn out on him. There were similar horror stories from other early adopters. On the other hand, I haven't had any issues with mine after 3 1/2 years, and I love the driving experience with the DDCT. Shifts are fast, the programming is intelligent, and it doesn't feel herky-jerky like the Ford DCT and others supposedly do. Of course, by the time I bought mine it had already undergone two TCU reflashes put out by FCA, so take that as you will.
     
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    I liked my DDCT when it worked. The 1.4T engine was really overwhelmed by the heft of the 500L, but the DDCT let the 1.4T rev and deliver some power and delivered nice shifts. But three meltdowns where the clutches smoked and the refused to move until the transmission cooled (without ever lighting the transmission overheated light) in 3200 miles followed by a replacement of the clutch assembly (something like $750 in parts plus 8 hours labor) and I was done with DDCT.
     
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  20. redriderbob

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    Nope they were posted on here. But I seen them last Friday when they launched that Offroad magazine announced that Renegade Trailhawk and Wrangler JL won awards at the Turino Auto Show.

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    I did catch the 2019 Jeep Renegade Limited NAFTA version out and about yesterday.
     

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