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The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade is coming to Colorado

Executives from the Chrysler Group hosted select members of the regional media to the Cherokee Ranch last night to show off improvements to the Jeep Cherokee and provide a firsthand close-up look at the all-new Renegade, coming to dealers next year.
The new Renegade is one of the very first full collaborations between Jeep engineers and designers working side by side with willing workers from Fiat. It is built on the Fiat 500L platform, which has been modified to carry the Jeep four-wheel-drive architecture. The collaboration continued into the exterior and interior design of the vehicle.
The results promise great things to automotive consumers. “This is our most capable, smallest SUV ever,” beamed Jeep’s Jim Morrison during the presentation.
It is indeed sharp looking with its Wrangler inspired DNA that includes a dropping belt line, traditional trapezoidal wheel enclosures and fresh new “disintegrated” X-cross taillights, give the vehicle a rear view as distinct as the front end design.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is intended to provide a new capable, efficient and economical option for young auto buyers. The model they had on display was in a longtime standard color for Jeep – Colorado Red.
The company has done extensive testing of the Renegade’s four-wheel-drive in sand and flatly stated their system can send 100 percent of the engine’s output to a single wheel, if needed. The computerized traction controller sends new instructions and torque percentages to each wheel on a split-second basis to maintain forward drive in the correct wheels to keep the vehicle progressing through darn near any conditions.
It will come with two different engine options. First, a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged 4-cylinder developing 160 horsepower and mated to a six-speed transmission is offered. Additionally, owners could choose a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 connected to a nine-speed transmission producing 240 hp.
The renegade has two ceiling panels, labeled My Sky, that pop out and can be stashed beneath the cargo deck. It also comes with optional blind spot and rear cross traffic alerts plus a nifty voice text feature that will keep young smartphonistas safer on the road.
Remarkably, Jeep promises this sharp new vehicle will cost less than $20K and will get over 30-mpg (in the 2.4-liter/nine-speed model).
The marketing will say the Renegade was designed in America and built in Italy. The reason stated for this is simply that Chrysler had no idle plants available to produce the new vehicle, but found one in Melfi, Italy adept at producing small vehicles. It was also noted that Chrysler is better at building large vehicles, so the Italian collaboration makes a lot of sense.
Jeep has always been a staple of Colorado’s highways and back roads and the Renegade is sure to play its role in the automotive future of the state.
“Every time it snows, we sell more Jeeps,” concluded Jim Morrison.
With the all-new Renegade, they might sell more every time spring snow clouds break open to blue sky. The 2015 Jeep Renegade does look like a very fun, youthful, capable and economical choice indeed. It will be interesting to see how many of these begin to appear on Colorado highways and back roads when they are available at area dealers next year.

The Colorado Red Latitude level of the 2015 Jeep Renegade was presented at the Cherokee Ranch August 26, 2014 by representatives of the brand.
Photo © 2014 by Don Bain
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