Jeep Renegade shown off in Geneva

4 Mar, 2014 10:12am Jonathan Burn

Jeep's new baby SUV, the Renegade, makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show

This is Jeep’s new baby SUV, called the Renegade. It has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, with the new model marking the brand’s entry into the small SUV segment. It faces some tough opposition in a crowded market, tackling the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 head on.

Initial reports hinted that the baby SUV would be badged Jeepster but Jeep has confirmed it will wear the Renegade moniker. Clearly inspired by the classic Wrangler, the baby SUV wears a very angular body, with the squared off wheel arches and boxy design hinting at its focus on off-road ability.

The latest off-road tech has been borrowed from the new Cherokee, including two advance all-wheel drive systems, called Active Drive and Active Drive Low. Both use Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which provides up to five modes for increased performance both on and off road. The Renegade is also the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU).

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Inside, the interior is modern but rugged, with an integrated infotainment system and steering wheel mounted controls. Jeep has based the interior of the Renegade on a new design language called Tek-Tonic, which combines soft and tactile materials with rugged and functional detailing.

Under the skin, Fiat’s Small Wide 4x4 architecture – currently underpinning the 500L and 500L MPW – will be used. Jeep has also announced 16 powertrain combinations will be available across global markets. There is no confirmation on what engines will be fitted to UK models but the two Multijet diesel powertrains from Fiat are likely candidates. Options should also include a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo, with power being transmitted via the new nine-speed automatic gearbox or two manual options.

Official pricing is yet to be revealed but we can expect a figure around £14,000 when it arrives at the end of this year.

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£14K is almost as cheap as Dacia Duster money. Never thought of cheap as a bargain basement brand, but Fiat want to push them that way then that is fine by me!

Good lord, just when you thought the Fiat 500L was the most awkwardly shaped car to come off that platform... Still, priced where it is, this could be an interesting alternative to something like a Panda 4x4.

Oh boy... It looks awful lol!!

Well, big yank Chrysler Jeep, this car is built on the GM/FIAT SMALL platform (SCCS) so it is based on the same engineering as the Alfa Mito, Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Adam and the Fiat 500L and X.

well the Duster is a lot more can't be compared..

is that not a jimny???

Remember when car magazine renders of what a certain future car could look like were worse than the car itself? Well, those days are long gone.

I was hoping that it wouldn't look like the AutoExpress rendering a few weeks ago, and it doesn't, but this is not very nice at all. After the brave and stylish new Cherokee I had high hopes for this model, but I think Jeep have badly misjudged this one, just as they did with the 2007 Compass. The rising window line and square wheelarches are just wrong, the tail lights are cheap, and the whole vehicle looks like something from a fledgling budget manufacturer, with a few Jeep details grafted on.

Might be OK in satin-black, but a bit soggy-looking to make it as a rough n tumble Jeep.

The more I look at this car, the more I like it.
It seems to be a proper off-roader and I think it will sell well in Europe.