Auto Nation Group (ANG), the official distributor of Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles in the Philippines, unveils the new 2020 Jeep Renegade, which now features a significant price drop compared to its previous models.
Costing P1,640,000 for the Longitude and P1,790,000 for the Limited, the new Jeep Renegade is the most affordable Jeep to be ever sold in recent years. Until June 30, 2020, ANG is also offering a P50,000 launch discount to celebrate the arrival of two of its latest SUVs. For perspective, the 2018 Jeep Renegade Limited had a retail price of P2,190,000, not exactly cheap for a subcompact SUV that’s supposed to compete with the likes of the Honda HR-V, Subaru XV, Mazda CX-30, just to name a few.
What’s the primary reason for its significant price drop? Well, the Jeep Renegade–along with the all-new Jeep Compass–is now assembled in China, which is significantly closer than Italy where the Renegade used to be built. Since Jeep is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Jeep Renegade’s platform shares a lot in common with Fiat’s small SUVs, including the production line in Italy.
The plants in China are a 50:50 joint venture with GAC Motor. There are currently two FCA plants located in China, specifically in Guangzhou and Changsha. 85 percent of the plants are controlled by laser-guided machines and robots, with a total annual production of 160,000 vehicles. This gives the Philippine market the opportunity to take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement.
As for the design of the Jeep Renegade, it must be noted that this is not the facelifted model that is now on sale in European and American markets. Still, the Renegade manages to carry a distinct look. Starting with the iconic 7-slotted bright surround grille, the body takes on a more modern look while keeping the rugged and sporty stance that all Jeep vehicles are known for. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and halogen headlamps with daytime running lights. At the back, the Renegade features a striking pair of square LED taillights with an “X” design which Jeep says is inspired by military equipment.
Jeep’s designers have created an interior theme called “Tek-Tonic.” What this strange marketing name implies is that through squared-off shapes and a clever mix of various materials, designers were able to achieve an interior that’s both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Front and center of the interior is a 7-inch UConnect 4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife. If you are unaware of what that is, that’s basically Baidu’s competitor to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Sounds are then played through a 6-speaker audio system. Occupants of the Renegade will also appreciate the available panoramic sunroof–a feature that’s quite rare in the subcompact crossover SUV segment.
Powering the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter Tjet inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 147 hp and 230 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dry dual-clutch transmission.
As for safety, the Jeep Renegade is equipped with seven airbags, electronic stability control, run-down battery protection, reverse camera, and rear parking sensors.
With the Jeep Renegade (and Compass) now competitively priced, would you consider these two vehicles in your SUV shopping list?