2019 Renegade: Great Fuel Economy, More Gears, New Turbo

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2019 Jeep Renegade

Paired with the 1.3-liter motor and other fuel-saving tech, the updated Renegade may pull in 32 mpg on the highway, Motor Trend reports.

The Jeep Renegade has performed its role as an entry-level Jeep quite well since its debut in 2015. Designed as a replacement for the divisive Compass and Patriot soft-roaders (though the Compass lives on to this day as a better version of itself), the Renegade has served as the gateway drug to the Jeep universe, where Wranglers crawl over boulders, and Grand Cherokees continue to define American off-road luxury.

And now, it’s time for the little Jeep crossover that could to receive a minor makeover. Motor Trend reports the 2019 Renegade for the U.S. market has an all-new powertrain setup guaranteed to offset the big power (and big fuel-burning) of the Grand Cherokee, though some sacrifices were made for this year’s upgrade.

2019 Jeep Renegade

Coming to the Renegade’s engine bay for 2019 is the new 1.3-liter Global Small Engine turbo-four. The new mill pumps out 177 horses and 200 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the 1.4-liter turbo-four that had been the standard engine. The new 1.3-liter engine, though, is an upgrade for Sport and Latitude Renegades (standard on Limited and Trailhawk models), as the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four (with the same output of 180 horses and 175 lb-ft of torque as before) is now standard in the lower trim levels.

2019 Jeep Renegade European Front

Alas, shifting your own is no longer an option on the 2019 Renegade. Instead, a nine-speed automatic ferries the power to the front or all corners. Paired with the 1.3-liter and other fuel-saving technologies, the updated Renegade is expected to pull in 32 mpg on the highway. And though it has turbo power, the new powerplant won’t have much accelerating power; Motor Trend expects a nine-second run from zero to 60 mph.

2019 Jeep Renegade

The Renegade Trailhawk will continue to kill it on the trail in 2019, though. Whether it’s 19 inches of water, an improved Active Drive Low gear crawl ratio of 21:1, lots of ground clearance, or a new throttle map designed for the 1.3-liter that allows the Trailhawk to gently climb over tall boulders with ease, the Renegade continues to earn its Trail Rated badge.

Pricing for the 2019 Renegade is expected to fall in the $20,000 to $27,000 range, depending on what trims and options are chosen.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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