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New Jeep Renegade could arrive here

The Jeep Renegade could possibly come here in 2015.

We don't currently have a Renegade here but that could change if the local Jeep importer can justify a place for it in the local line-up. The Renegade is a small SUV that according to the Jeep blurb, "stays true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for".

Renegade delivers a combination of off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience and in a segment first, a nine-speed automatic transmission that is said to contribute to outstanding driving dynamics and fuel efficiency from a range of new engines. It sounds like overkill to us.

Renegade has a selection of innovative safety and advanced technology features. Sounds good yes? They are targeting a youthful and adventurous buyer (whatever that means). Renegade expands the brand's product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe.

Though it's on a Fiat/Alfa platform with engines from those vehicles, Jeep says Renegade symbolises the brand's renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand's first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.

It leverages 4x4 technology from the new Jeep Cherokee which can provide up to 100 per cent of the engine's available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip. Jeep Active Drive features a "crawl" function. Renegade has a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) to provide the 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy.

Five mode Jeep Selec-Terrain is provided on 4x4 models offering Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus Rock mode on the Trailhawk model. The latter is for customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep. Engine availability is wide including four MultiAir gasoline units and two MultiJet II diesels. The petrols are flex fuel capable and some models get engine stop/start. All engines and powertrains are out of the Fiat/Alfa inventory.

Transmissions include the already mentioned nine speed auto, two manuals and one dual dry clutch manumatic. Possibly here 2015.