Go Topless in a Renegade
July 10, 2015
From the start, Jeep® designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally, the Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots, with the Willys MB Jeep.
The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions, which enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, not one, but two available “My Sky” open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.
With a manual removable, or premium power tilt/slide with removable feature, the innovative “My Sky” roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both “My Sky” roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.
Additionally, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features including, segment-first Forward Collision Warning-Plus that deploys brakes to alert the driver about impact risk, and assist with driver response; segment-first LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus that leverages electronic power steering (EPS) to deliver a torque-input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action; and innovative Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems. Engineers also added ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.
“With its powerful stance, rugged body forms and aggressive proportions, the all-new Renegade is pure Jeep design – styled for best-in-class off-road capability and a symbol of American design and ingenuity,” said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design, FCA – North America. Of course, that’s the kind of sentiment you’d might expect from a “proud parent” or Head of Jeep Design.
However, after spending two months evaluating and scoring 42 vehicles based on fit-and-finish, comfort, material selection, ergonomics, information/displays, value, safety and design aesthetics, the editors of WardsAuto also agreed, naming the all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade to its Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.
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“The Jeep Renegade lives up to its name by bringing a rebellious new style to the overcrowded small SUV segment,” said Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief, WardsAuto World magazine. “The interior checks off all our boxes in terms of being roomy, comfortable and having excellent ergonomics — even the voice-activation system works flawlessly. But, the attention given to interior details and design is truly spectacular for a vehicle in this class. Whimsical design elements, bold, contrasting colors and stunning metallic bronze trim convey a sense of fun and adventure that sets it apart. The Renegade isn’t a ’cute ute,’ it’s the Cherokee’s badass little brother.”