Jeep released the European version of the 2019 Renegade recently, but what about the North American version?
Here, Real Fast Fotography caught front and rear shots of a thinly camouflaged Renegade; the camo almost seems designed to shout “photography me!” Under the hood is, well, a surprise; in Europe, the Renegade is rumored to be switching to the new GSE series engines, a vast improvement over the current 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine. It would be a serious boost to the car’s overall performance if it, too, made the switch. The big 2.4 liter Global World Engine is likely to remain, given a shortage of parts for making the new 2.0 liter GME engines.
Both versions are made in Italy; in theory the Renegade could be made with the Compass in Mexico, but since the Compass is selling like wildfire and the Renegade… isn’t … there’s not much point there. The Renegade is also made in Brazil and China, but those aren’t exported to the US or Canada.
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