The 2019 Jeep Renegade is Here
Jeep’s funky Renegade debuted in 2015 as a quirky replacement for the then outgoing Jeep Patriot model, showing prospective buyers that the brand was seriously committed to developing fun and functional small SUVs. Fast forward to four years later and the Renegade gets a few refreshing touches to revitalize its looks and improve its function.
The first major change for the 2019 Renegade is the lack of manual transmission. That’s right, Jeep has discontinued the manual transmission option for the lineup, leaving all trims to be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead. Also new for this model year is an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that, despite its small displacement, delivers decent power – 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.
The new turbocharged engine replaces the outgoing 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and comes standard on the Limited and Trailhawk trims, while it’s offered as an option on the base Sport and Latitude trims. Active grille shutters and stop/start technology for improved fuel efficiency are some of the added features for the 2019 model year, available on all trims that feature the new engine minus the Trailhawk trim.
On the outside, the Renegade also gets a few small changes, complete with a new front fascia and new wheel designs that are similar to the redesigned Wrangler – including some optional 19-inch wheels with gray inserts on the Limited and Latitude trims. Three new paint colors will be available later on in the model year – Bikini, Slate Blue, and Sting Grey. Additionally, an LED lighting package adds LED headlamps, daytime running lights, cornering fog lamps, and tail lamps. A new advanced tech package offers adaptive cruise control, parking assists, front park sensors, and some new graphics for the instruments cluster.
In other Jeep news, the brand recently hosted their first ever web-series competition – the “Jeep Wrangler Celebrity Customs”, in which three different celebrities and their respective custom builders are pitted against one another while customizing a stock Jeep Wrangler – all vying for the Wrangler Golden Grille Award. The six-part series followed each celeb and their builders through the customization steps while trying to win the praise of the judging panel. In the end, it was media personality Maria Menounos and DCD Customs who took home the prize, beating MLB legend Alex Rodriguez and The Infatuation’s Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang
Maria Menounos and DCD Customs beat the competition by building upon a classic two-door Wrangler. With customized half-doors, a hand-painted dashboard, polished aluminum GenRight bumpers, a Warn winch, and riding on 39-inch Super Swampers, it’s not hard to see how they wowed the judges. Check out her winning design below:
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