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2019 Renegade boosts power with new engine

by David Zatz on

Jeep Renegade sales haven’t set the United States on fire, but Jeep is aiming to change that with a much-improved powertrain in the 2019 series — accompanied by a few technology updates and a new face.

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The brand new “GSE” four-cylinder, engineered by people from both “the former Chrysler” and “the former Fiat,” is smaller than the old 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine, but generates a good deal more power — 177 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, up from 160 and 184.

Reportedly, the engine is less “peaky” and provides a much smoother power curve for greater responsiveness. Indeed, the 200 pound-foot peak torque comes in at a low 1,750 rpm. The downside is a 91 octane (premium gas) specification, though owners can use regular gas with lower performance.

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The Chrysler 2.4 liter engine is still available — standard on the Sport and North — and has gained in power to 180 hp and 175 pound-feet of torque (peak torque is at 3,900 rpm).

The more powerful 1.3 is standard on the Limited and Trailhawk. The 2.4 is made in Michigan, while the 1.3 is made in Poland; the Renegade itself is built in Italy.  Fuel economy with the 2.4 is 22/31 for FWD, and 21/29 for AWD; 1.3 economy hasn’t been announced yet.

All Renegades now come with a nine speed automatic — no six speeds. Ground clearance is 6.7 inches on FWD, 8.0 on AWD, and 8.7 inches with the Trailhawk. Curb weight is 3,166 pounds (2.4 FWD) to 3,335 lb (1.3 AWD), with the Trailhawk coming in at 3,532 lb due to its extra off-road gear. The drag coefficient goes from 0.35 to 0.37.

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Active grille shutters and stop-start systems are now included on all but the Trailhawk to increase gas mileage, and an LED Group includes LED headlamps, daytime running lights, cornering fog lamps, and taillights. The Advanced Tech Group has added adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, and front parking centers.

Cosmetic changes include new gauge graphics, an exterior refresh focusing on the front fascias, new wheels, and new colors (Bikini, Slate Blue, and Sting Grey).

There are four models: the Sport, North, Limited, and Trailhawk. Continuing colors are Colorado Red, Omaha Orange, Granite Crystal, Jetset Blue, Glacier, black, and white. Interiors can be done in black, black with Sandstorm, black with grey, or Trailhawk Black.


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