Without giving away many details, Fiat Chrysler’s rugged Jeep brand today unveiled a refreshed version of its subcompact offering, the Jeep Renegade, at the 2018 Turin Motor Show in Italy. FCA is holding off on revealing the full details of the revised crossover until it can hold a full reveal event later this month, but at the least, we get to see the CUV’s freshened-up exterior design, which incorporates a brand-new lower grille shape and new headlights and taillights with LED elements.
The 2019 Jeep Renegade’s gussied-up interior hasn’t yet been shown, but we understand that the center stack has been redesigned with fresh HVAC controls and a larger infotainment screen in mind.
Jeep has divulged at least one mechanical detail about the updated Jeep Renegade: its new Euro-spec engines. From 2019, the petite CUV will offer a choice of 1.0L turbocharged I3 with 120 horsepower, or 1.3L turbocharged I4 with a choice of 150- or 180-horsepower output levels. One or both engines could conceivably make it to the North American market, but we wouldn’t put money on it. The same six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic transmissions ought to carry over.
The 2019 Jeep Renegade, refreshed and reinvigorated, will continue to duke it out in the growing subcompact crossover segment, although it won’t remain Jeep’s smallest offering for too much longer; FCA revealed last week that a brand-new crossover with approximately the footprint of a city car is on the way by 2022. The new vehicle isn’t expected to be sold in North America. On the opposite end of the size scale, we’re still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, as well as a large, three-row unibody crossover.