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THIS ALL-NEW JEEP IS QUITE A RENEGADE!

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Two years ago, Jeep introduced an all-new Renegade. Just a notch under the Cherokee, the subcompact Jeep is available in two power trains: 1.4-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine developing 184 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 184 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm; or the optional 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine putting out 180 hp @ 6400 rpm and 175 pounds-feet of torque @ 3900 rpm, which came in our test drive for an extra $1,530. 
The Altitude trim gets a standard all-wheel drive and 9-speed auto gearbox. Keeping the Jeep stable to soak rough surfaces on the road is an independent suspension of front MacPherson strut and a Chapman strut rear system. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering is quick, accurate and direct.
Though an entry-level Jeep, the Renegade can accommodate five in comfort. Cargo room is capacious too as you get 18.5 cubic feet of space with the 40/20/40 rear seat up and 50.8 cubic feet with the seat down. Up front is a waterfall hood with the traditional seven-slotted grille, which is flanked by rounded halogen headlights. Displaying exquisite taste and tailoring, the instrument cluster features a 7-inch programmable multi-view display. The interior continues its rugged appearance with a passenger-grab handle to plop into the cushy cloth seat. Standard amenities include 5-inch UConnect touchscreen, 8-way power driver seat, folding rear seat with pass through, center floor console with two cup holders, tilt/telescopic steering column and power retractable and removable dual panels called My Sky.
Also at no cost are dual front airbags, side curtain, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, rear camera, hill start assist, active front headrests, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system and keyless entry.
With its off-road or on-road prowess, the Renegade has proved to be a tremendous and much-needed addition to the already-impressive Jeep lineup of Patriot, Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. Affordably based at $23,495, it is versatile, perfectly suited for the daily grind and a Renegade of sorts!

RENEGADE ALTITUDE 4X4
Tires: 225/55R18
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
Length: 166.6 inches
Weight: 3,327 pounds
Fuel capacity: 12.7 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 29 mpg
Web site: www.jeep.com

CALLING ALL JEEP DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com