The smallest Jeep is a rugged looking vehicle with features and specs to prove itself against established rivals in the Indian market.
American brand Jeep has been a strong contender in India with its Compass which offers premium features in a very sturdy and capable package, but with the price range of the Compass starting at INR 19 Lakhs and going all the way up to INR 32 Lakhs for the top end Trailhawk variant the car does feel a bit expensive for the Indian markets, especially with the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos giving it stiff competition for the lower end variants. This is where Jeep needs to introduce its Renegade SUV.
The Renegade retains a lot of the classic Jeep exterior traits, like the grille and the circular LED Daytime running lamps. The car is as boxy as they come, broad shoulders and a very muscular stance compliment the Renegades styling, the square shaped LED tail lamps further enhance the SUVish look of the car, it rides on 17 inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the Jeep, like its sibling the Compass is top notch and features use of high quality materials in this unique design of the interiors, which has been made functional while being stylish. The dash and other surfaces are a mix of black plastic with silver color accents, the infotainment screen is a 8.4 inch unit with Jeep’s latest Uconnect services while the instrument cluster is merged with a 7 inch TFT screen. The seats and door lining can be customised between black or white colors. Dual-Zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, ergonomic seats and a unique off-road screen that displays tilt axis and altitude.
The Renegade gets two engine options, a 1.3 litre turbocharged unit that pumps out 150 Horses while a 1 litre turbo which makes 120 horsepower. The car is available in several other European and Asian nations with different engines, several of which are bigger and more powerful, there is option for manual as well as automatic transmission.
The Jeep Renegade can be a very strong contender to rival the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos as well as the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Ford EcoSport. The exterior of the car is sure to attract a large audience, while the interior may not be luxurious but the rugged nature is surely a good advantage. The car, if manufactured here can be priced as low as INR 11 Lakhs but we should expect it to be placed below the Compass pricewise.
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