Sunday, 16 March 2014

2015 Jeep Renegade small SUV unveiled with quirky yet cute looks

Jeep recently unveiled the 2015 Renegade at the Geneva Motor Show, so X-Tomi Design has created a rendering of an SRT variant.

 Jeep Renegade SRT gets rendered

Drawing cues from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the Renegade has an aggressive front bumper with black accents and metallic air intake surrounds. The crossover also has a blacked out grille, body-color side skirts and sporty alloy wheels.

Unfortunately, we're not getting our hopes up for a production variant as SRT CEO Ralph Gilles has previously said four-cylinder engines are in their long-terms plans but they're currently "in between great engines" so "there’s nothing available right now."

Depending on the market, the new baby Jeep is going to be sold with no less than 16 powertrain combinations encompassing four MultiAir gasoline motors, two MultiJet II diesel units and a flex-fuel E.torQ engine coupled to two manual gearboxes, one dual-clutch DDCT and the aforementioned nine-speed auto 'box.

On the inside there will be an Uconnect infotainment system with a 5 or 6.5-inch touchscreen display offering a wide array of technological goodies such as Bluetooth, DAB and HD radio, Sirius services, USB & AUX, as well as digital media broadcasting. In addition, the driver gets to play around with a 7-inch color multi-view reconfigurable display acting as the instrument cluster.

The radical-looking Renegade draws its styling inspiration from the bigger Wrangler but Jeep says it also represents a throwback to the original military jeep with its boxy shape, seven-slot vertical front grille and a high ground clearance. It has a somewhat low drag coefficient of 0.36 and will be offered in a trail-rated variant called Trail-hawk 4x4 with 17-inch all-terrain tires and a Select-Terrain system.

Jeep will also offer two open-air roof panel systems called My Sky while Moper has already created a full suite of accessories to spice up the 2015 Renegade, from roof boxes and air deflectors to door sill guards and a rear backup camera.

As a result, the Renegade's range-topping engine will likely be the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder - that produces 184 bhp (137 kW) and 177 lb-ft (236 Nm) of torque - for the foreseeable future.