Past owners of Jeep — which includes American Motors, Chrysler, Daimler Daimler, Cerberus and now Fiat — have lengthy talked about expanding Jeep product sales outdoors the U.S., citing the brand’s worldwide appeal as an genuine American icon. Their good results was always constrained, even though, by the fact that most of the cars in the Jeep lineup had been also huge — or also thirsty — to suit the needs of shoppers in worldwide markets in which little, fuel-productive designs are favored.
Now comes the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the brand’s first subcompact sport-utility, to be unveiled these days at the Geneva Motor Demonstrate. Its debut is a sign that Jeep’s new mother or father, Fiat-Chrysler Vehicles, is severe about tackling the rest of the planet — not to mention the next generation of drivers. It is also the very first Jeep to be developed in a Fiat-owned factory since the Italian carmaker took management right after Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy.
Barely larger than a Fiat 500L, this small Jeep has city-sized proportions designed to appeal to youthful and adventurous buyers, whether or not they are maneuvering by way of a crowded urban setting or climbing a rock-strewn path.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s merchandise portfolio and targets the quickly expanding tiny SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, although at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers anticipate from Jeep,” explained Mike Manley, Jeep brand president and CEO. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s very first entry into the little SUV section in much more than 100 markets all around the globe.”
Incorporating a lot of functions that trickled down from the larger Jeep Cherokee, like a exclusive 9-speed transmission and 16 different powertrain combinations, the new Renegade aims to satisfy customers by delivering wonderful driving dynamics on each smooth pavement and rutted trails. Its adjustable 4-wheel-drive technique has automobile, snow, sand and mud modes (plus an exclusive rock mode on the Trailhawk model). For an open-air driving encounter, drivers can simply remove and retailer the lightweight roof panels in the rear cargo area.
It also provides technology normally identified on greater, more costly autos, including far more than 70 security characteristics, a large touchscreen and Chrysler’s embedded UConnect Access technique, which can study text messages to the driver, contact for roadside help or notify 9-1-one in situation of an emergency.
Chrysler sold a record 731,565 Jeeps throughout the world last year, about 2-thirds of them in the U.S.