It's been a sell-out success overseas, and Jeep's fun-sized, Fiat-based Renegade compact SUV is finally here on our shores.
But if you were expecting a cut-price alternative to the slightly larger Jeep Compass and Patriot, think again - the Renegade starts at $29,500 for the base model Renegade Sport manual, and stretches all the way up to $41,500 for the offroad-ready Trailhawk.
So, what do you get?
The Renegade comes in four flavours: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk, with the Longitude and Limited expected to be the volume sellers.
Standard specification levels are roughly on par with what's offered elsewhere in the segment, though the further up the model range you go the more generous Jeep becomes.
For example, while the base Sport "makes do" with a five-inch colour infotainment touchscreen, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a reversing camera, the Longitude brings blind sport monitoring, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control.
Step up into the Limited, and you can add integrated sat-nav, a nine-speaker audio system, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and bi-xenon headlamps to that standard equipment list.
And in addition to the optional sunroof, buyers can also equip their Renegades with the MySky removable roof.
Designed to mimic the removable roof panels of the iconic Wrangler hardtop, MySky features an electrically-sliding front section and completely removable front and rear panels to truly open up the cabin.
- 5-inch touchscreen display with integrated voice controls
- Bluetooth phone and audio integration
- 7 Airbags
- Steering wheel audio controls
- Cruise control
- Electric park brake
- 4-Speaker audio system
- Reverse parking camera*
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Premium cloth upholstery
- Black door handles
- Black exterior mirrors
Renegade Longitude (over Sport):
- Blind spot monitoring
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rear parking sensors
- Automatic headlights
- Rain sensing windscreen wipers
- Electro-chromatic rear vision mirror
- 6-Speaker audio system
- 2-Way electric lumbar adjust on drivers seat
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Front fog lights
- Black roof rails
- Body colour mirrors
- Body colour door handles
Renegade Limited (over Longitude):
- 6.5-inch touchscreen display with voice controls
- Satellite Navigation
- Bi-xenon headlights
- 7-inch colour TFT instrument cluster display
- 9-Speaker system
- Power 8-way driver/passenger seats
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Leather upholstery
- Deep tint privacy glass
Renegade Trailhawk (over Limited):
- Jeep Selec-terrain with Active Drive Low
- Hill descent control
- 4 underbody skid plates
- Full size spare wheel
- 17-inch off-road alloy wheels
- Trailhawk-branded leather upholstery
- Black anti-glare hood decal
- Trailhawk front and rear fascia
- Black front grille
- Rear red tow hook
Three engines power the Renegade range, with an 81kW/152Nm 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated petrol four exclusive to the Sport manual, a 128kW/230Nm naturally-aspirated 2.4 litre exclusive to the Trailhawk and a 1.4 litre turbo petrol with 103kW and 230Nm powering all other models.
And besides the entry-level Sport manual, all other Renegade models come with an automatic as standard - a six-speed twin clutch for the Sport auto, Longitude and Limited, a nine-speed conventional auto for the Trailhawk.
The Trailhawk is the only AWD model in the range, with all others taking power to the front wheels only - the norm for the compact SUV segment.
Fuel consumption is listed at 5.9 l/100km for all 1.4 litre turbo models, with the five-speed manual Sport 1.6 sipping slightly more at 6.0 l/100km.
The Trailhawk weighs more than the others at 1550kg empty, and its bigger engine also consumes more fuel with an average of 7.5 l/100km claimed by Jeep.
True to Jeep's commitment to having a bona-fide "trail rated" model in each of its product lines, the Renegade Trailhawk boasts some nifty off-road kit.
For one, the front bumper is reprofiled to improve its approach angle, while four under-body skid plates reduce the likelihood of damage when offroading.
The nine-speed transmission can also be locked into its lower gear ratios to provide a virtual low-range (like the Cherokee Trailhawk there's no actual dual-range transfer case on the Renegade Trailhawk), and the drivetrain can be locked to a 50:50 torque split at speeds up to 60km/h.
Hill descent control is standard and there are multiple drivetrain modes to cater for a variety of surfaces, from mud, to snow, to sand, to rocks.
The Renegade range is on sale now, however the entry-level Sport manual's arrival has been delayed slightly. Retail pricing is as follows:
- Renegade Sport manual: $29,500
- Renegade Sport automatic: $32,500
- Renegade Longitude automatic: $34,500
- Renegade Limited automatic: $38,500
- Renegade Trailhawk automatic: $41,500