Jeep’s small Renegade SUV isn’t as successful as the manufacturer hoped to be, but that doesn’t mean that the high-riding vehicle has no qualities. Still, the sale figures are everything that matter, so it’s no wonder at all why we caught a mildly camouflaged prototype of the 2019 Jeep Renegade.
In case you don’t see what’s changed, the testing model sports black cover over the front bumper only. However, this doesn’t mean that there will be nothing else new. Since it’s a mid-cycle refresh we expect at least a pair of reshaped lights in the front and rear. Plus, Jeep might redesign a grille as well. However, at this point, the 2019 Renegade hides just the front bumper.
The refreshed SUV will host a few changes inside as well. Today’s model features pretty solid cabin, but it’s not perfect. The2019 Jeep Renegade might get an updated infotainment system along with a bit bigger display. It would not heart if the producer adds a few more color options inside or perhaps a bit better equipment. Still, we need to wait for new spy shots to figure out what’s actually going to be changed.
According to some reports, the prototype might be the 2019 Renegade Trackhawk. Officially, Jeep has no intention to build such a vehicle, but that’s not necessarily the truth. We think that’s not a problem for the manufacturer to add Trackhawk monicker here, especially because there are plenty of engines suitable for the cause. If the new topper actually comes, it won’t use some V8 mill of course. No, the small SUV will rely either on a Pentastar V6 or an all-new 2.0-liter Hurricane. Either way, the high-riding vehicle will get around 300 hp beneath the hood.
As for the existing options, they will likely stay unchanged. So, the potential buyers will be able to choose between a 1.4-liter turbo with 160 hp and 184 lb-ft and a 2.4-liter inline-4 that produces 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet. Both options are offered with both 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic transmissions. Judging by our insider, the facelifted 2019 Renegade will also get an oil-burner, but only for overseas markets.