It looks like the Jeep Renegade is in for a bit of a facelift with a new 2019 model spotted in the wild.
Covered in fanciful swirly vinyl and duct tape, a new version of Jeep’s wildly popular subcompact SUV/crossover seems a lot like the old Renegade, at least on first glance. Look a little closer and you will see that it still looks a lot like the old Renegade, but with a few subtle differences.
The front of the car/SUV/whatever has the largest changes. The front bumper has been redesigned with a new shape and a slightly lower air intake. The fog lights have migrated inward from near the wheel wells of the former 2018 model, and there are two extra holes leading to the radiator that was never there before. Extra air intake for a new turbo perhaps?
The rest of the car looks basically the same—same cabin shape, same front grille, same windshield, same headlamps, same tail lamps. Even with the glorious Scandinavian background and strangely beautiful camera camo, it certainly looks like any regular old Renegade.
From the outside. On the inside things are a bit of a different story. First, the LCD screen in the center console is way bigger than the old one. Consequently, the dials and buttons for the air conditioning and comfort systems are smaller and more compact to make room for the jumbotron right above.
Judging by the stick you still get access to a six-speed manual transmission and it probably still has a nine-speed automatic waiting to be unleashed just as with the previous model. As for the engine, powertrain, and everything else under the hood, we don’t know. Jeep hasn’t made any announcements, and the photographer was beset by wolves shortly after taking these photos.
The current Renegade was unveiled in 2014, and while it has received minor iterative improvements it’s certainly due for an overhaul. Here’s hoping Fiat Chrysler has been hiding a brand new 2.0 L turbocharged engine they can debut in their little crossover.