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Jeep are planning a subcompact SUV

Jeep are planning a subcompact SUV

Jeep has announced it is planning a smaller SUV to sit below the Renegade in a future lineup. The announcement was made by the head of European Marketing in an interview last week. It’s another sign of Jeep’s intent to expand its vehicle range over the next couple of years.

The interview quotes Marco Pigozzi, the European head of marketing for Jeep. He said, ‘the vehicle will stretch just over 13 feet in length but won't compromise Jeep's reputation for off-road capability.’

He also said, ‘The car will be able to be used as a bad-ass Jeep, but it has also been designed to be used every day.’

The current Renegade is slightly longer than this projected vehicle so it will likely sit underneath it in the range. It sounds as though it will also offer the same off road ability Jeep is known for despite its size.

We are expecting this new model in 2022, after the FCA merger with PSA, along with other new models including hybrids and EVs.

2019 Jeep Renegade

The 2019 Jeep Renegade has always sought to be different. To compete with other crossovers while living up to the true crossover intent rather than being just a tall sedan or wagon with a bit of ground clearance. While not quite up to the Wrangler off road, it is much more capable than other crossovers.

The Renegade has a friendly design with signature grille and round lights. It’s a very upright vehicle with decent ground clearance, low overhangs front and rear and rugged trims all around.

Inside, the cabin balances simplicity and ruggedness with plushness and comfort. There is a grab bar up front and very comfortable seating. There are also more soft touch materials than you might expect from a Jeep, offering genuine comfort while going off road.

Under the hood is either a 2.4-litre four cylinder engine with 180 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque or a 1.3-litre turbo four that has 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Both use a nine speed automatic transmission to drive the front or all wheels. Selec-Terrain is available as part of the package.

The 2019 Jeep Renegade is a fun car to live with and drive. It has an appealing design, is more comfortable than you might think and the new transmission setup is smoother and easier to live with than before. Those reasons alone make the little Jeep worth checking out!

Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8 to test drive the 2019 Jeep Renegade.

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