The Jeep Renegade may be due for a full model change, but it seems the automaker is not yet done giving the first-generation model a new update.
Despite being launched all the way back in 2014 at Geneva (and in the Philippines for PIMS 2016), the Jeep Renegade has received yet another facelift.
Previewed recently over in Brazil, the updated crossover gets some noticeable changes on its exterior. Starting with the front fascia, the headlights are no longer totally round. The lights now have a flat top which give a meaner and more aggressive look. The seven-slot grille has also been reworked and is now significantly smaller than before.
Another noticeable change is the front bumper which now looks sportier than ever. It even gets reshaped foglights, along with what looks to be a revised front skid plate which is standard on higher-grade variants.
Apart from updating its front end, Jeep also made some subtle changes to the Renegade’s rear. There are new LED taillights, a reworked bumper, as well as a new tailgate handle that’s no longer hidden above the license plate holder. Rounding up the exterior changes are the stylish new alloy wheels complete with a diamond-cut finish.
We also got to take a quick peek inside the Renegade’s more high-tech interior. On higher-grade models, the crossover comes with a fully-digital instrument panel that can be customized to one’s preference. There’s also a new steering wheel design and bigger touchscreen infotainment with the latest Uconnect system. Other details about the vehicle’s interior remain a mystery, however.
Under the hood, the 2022 Renegade will be powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged T270 flex-fuel engine. It makes a healthy 182 PS when fed with gasoline and 187 PS when used with ethanol fuel. Torque, on the other hand, is rated at 270 Nm. Compared to the current 1.4-liter turbo we get, the new 1.3-liter turbo mill makes 35 PS more and 40 Nm of additional pull.
When paired to an all-wheel-drive system, the 2022 Renegade will be connected to a nine-speed automatic. Meanwhile, two-wheel-drive models will only be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
With Brazil set to be the first market to receive the refreshed Renegade, we can expect other global markets to get the facelifted crossover in the coming months. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long for the updated Renegade to arrive in our country. Fingers crossed we get the more powerful 1.3-liter turbo, as well as the new automatic transmissions.