Jeep’s diminutive Renegade subcompact crossover is going under the scalpel, with a mid-cycle refresh planned for the 2019 model year, and thanks to a recent public sighting, we’re able to get an early look at the updated mini-Jeep. Our first glimpse of the 2019 Jeep Renegade came from a couple of mysterious photos uploaded to Instagram back in December, 2017, depicting a mildly tweaked front end with a new bumper design, and a reworked center stack with a large touchscreen.
Consistent with those photos, from the new spy shots shared over at Autoblog, it looks like the new Jeep Renegade is about to get a new set of headlamps with integrated round LED daytime running lights – at least on certain models. Also consistent with December’s Instagram uploads is the pair of triangular side vents in the front bumper, bordered along the top edge by the turn indicator lenses. The fog lamps appear to have moved a bit further inboard, to about where the tow hooks are mounted on the current Trailhawk model.
The rear of the 2019 Jeep Renegade, which is also covered on the spied prototype, doesn’t seem to have changed much if at all. The taillight design and placement is the same as on the current Jeep subcompact, and from what we can see through the camouflage, the liftgate stamping doesn’t appear to be anything new. Still, it’s possible there are subtle changes on the way.
The refreshed Jeep Renegade ought to be unveiled later this year – possibly at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show – before going on sale as a 2019 model. A rumor maintains that a hybrid version could arrive, likely using the same BAS mild-hybrid system as the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL. Or, the hybrid system could be something a bit more elaborate.
For the new Jeep Renegade spy shots, check out Autoblog.