The compact off-road and city SUV is still sold almost all over the world. Its roots lie in the deep past.
It premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 and was a big treat not only for lovers of the brand – it was developed on an Italian platform, it was to be produced in Europe, Brazil and China, it borrowed typical elements from the iconic Wrangler in the form of round lights and the famous mask… To traditionalists it didn’t make him very happy, which could have been a bummer for the brand given its decent sales.
In terms of technology, the Jeep Renegade stood and still stands on one of the versions of the SCCS platform, the roots of which actually go back to 2002, when Fiat Auto and GM Europe created a joint design center for shared components under the leadership of Ulrich Schmalhor, an expert on compact cars from Opel. The first car to use the original “small” SCCS was the Fiat Grande Punto, later the Fiorino and Qubo models, the fourth and fifth generation Opel Corsa, the two-seater Meriva and also the Alfa Romeo MiTo were added.
Since 2007, the Fiat Linea has been produced as an extended version (LWB), and in 2012, the Fiat 500L appears on the scene as an extended and additionally extended SCCS version. And two years later, the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade appear on the scene on a platform adapted for the use of all-wheel drive, which was not mandatory. However, in addition to style, this little box could do it off-road – the 4×4 drive system was available in Active Drive versions with an automatically connected rear axle, or Active Drive Low with the option of permanently switching on the four-wheel drive and using shorter gears to simulate a 20:1 reduction.
The version of the Renegade Trailhawk with the traditional Trail Rated mark, which Jeep uses to mark models that are very capable off-road, really did not have to fear, and still does not have to, a harsher environment. It manages wading at a depth of 48 centimeters, has a width of 21 centimeters, front and rear approach angles are over 30 degrees.
Today, the Renegade is only available with a plug-in hybrid drive that combines a 1.3 Turbo engine with an electric motor on the rear axle. It is quite interesting to look at the sales history – in the USA it started in 2015 with 61 thousand units sold, a year later it experienced a record with 106.6 thousand units and after the 2023 model year (in which 27.5 thousand units were sold) it ceased to be offered.
In Europe, it started in its first full-fledged year on the market (2015) at 54,000 and until 2020 it always exceeded 70,000 units sold, although the “pandemic” 59,000 was not bad either.
Founded in 1941, Jeep won a competition announced by the US Army. From 1945, it also started producing civilian off-road vehicles.
It is a traditional off-road manufacturer and its name is often synonymous with this type of car. It belongs to the Stellantis group.
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