A Spanish automotive journalist has uncovered a potential problem with the Jeep Renegade in which the compact SUV will lift its rear wheels off the ground under hard braking.
The findings were brought to our attention by Jalopnik. According to them, journalist Pablo González was driving in a FWD, 1.6-liter Renegade when he used the brakes hard and felt as though the rear wheels were lifted off the ground. He then set up a camera and replicated the braking event and sure enough, the camera showed the rear end reaching for the sky.
González reached out to Fiat Spain about the problem, who sent out a technician to inspect the vehicle. The automaker concluded that there was a malfunction with the brake hydraulics causing too much front brake bias. He later drove two other Renegades and couldn’t replicate the ‘stoppie’ problem, so he was convinced he was driving a faulty car the first time.
He then got his hands a 4×4 Renegade with the 2.0-liter engine and was able to again lift the rear wheels off the ground under hard braking. It’s possible that car had faulty brake hydraulics too, but Jalopnik quite easily found a video of yet another Renegade lifting its rear wheels off the ground while an Italian magazine was conducting brake tests. Based on these findings, it certainly seems like a common issue rather than a fault in a couple of vehicles.
Jalopnik has reached out to FCA and is waiting to hear back from the automaker on the matter.