Jeep released a set of two videos showcasing the exterior and interior features of the all-new 2015 Renegade. After it was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the small B-Segment SUV made its North American debut today at the New York International Auto Show.
One way or another, Jeep's new entry-level crossover has all the right stuff to become the brand's best selling model in no time at all. Despite its small dimensions and Fiat 500L-based platform, designers and engineers wanted to pump as much Wrangler as they could into this vehicle.
Observe how well the big headlamps and prominent flares integrate with the robust boxy bodywork. If you were wondering, the X-shaped design motif of the lights, roof and interior was inspired by World War II. More exactly, by the military fuel canisters with the X strengthening rib stamped on the sides. How manly is that?
By the way, the youngest designer of the team came up with the awesome cabin design after he was asked to draw something to his liking as long as it's fresh. The Renegade's My Sky roof is our favorite interior feature, especially in dual-panel power glass opening flavor. Other elements that caught our eye are the funky air conditioning outlets, of which two sit on top of the dashboard, as well as the splash on the tachometer which demarcates the usable rev range from the red zone.
Even if it's funky inside and compact on the outside, don't ever think the 2015 Jeep Renegade is just a show-off faux off-roader. The range-topping 4x4 model comes with class-exclusive 20:1 crawl ratio, Selec-Terrain system, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, all-terrain tires, Hill-descent Control, up to 3,300 pound (1,500 kilograms) towing capability and many more.
The "baby Jeep" subcompact SUV
will be available in the U.S. at the end of 2014 with a couple of Fiat engines: a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo with 160 horsepower mated to a six-speed stick shift or a 2.4-liter Tigershark with 184 horsepower coupled to a nine-speed auto box. Prices will start at a little over $18,500 and work their way up into the high 20s.
Take a look at the two videos below and find out what Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, and Klaus Busse, head of interior design at Chrysler, have to say about the creative thinking and direction behind the exterior and interior design of the 2015 Jeep Renegade.